2009-11-07

Kurz gefasst: Mauerfall, Abbas Rückzug, Wissenschaft und Islam

I Mauerfall







Sarah Stricker: 'Israeli fears regarding united Germany diminished' (YNET)

While Germany prepares to celebrate 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it seems most Israelis could not care less - which might actually be a sign of normalization. Expert: Holocaust remembered, but this generation of Israelis refuses to live in the past

If you happen to open any German newspaper this weekend, you'll see that the coverage focuses on one main topic: The fall of the Berlin Wall. This Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the peaceful revolution in the former GDR, which not only led to the reunification of West and East Germany but also heralded the end of the Cold War – or at least this is how the events of the 9th of November 1989 are perceived in Germany.

In Israel, on the other hand, it appears as though the nearing anniversary will pass by without much fanfare. If the 9th of November evokes any memories at all, it is those of the Kristallnacht in 1938. Most people in Israel do not seem to associate anything with the fall of the Berlin Wall – which is astonishing considering how anxiously some of the Israeli media reacted to the event at the time. The television images of German delegates in the parliament standing up, spontaneously starting to sing the national anthem, shedding tears of joy, raised worries in Israeli society.

“Many people realized that with the fall of the Berlin wall, World War II was well and truly over”, Nathan Sznaider, Professor of Sociology at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa recalled.

“On the one hand I was glad that the regime collapsed. The GDR had been one of the most anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist states in Europe. On the other hand, I could not bring myself to feel happy for the Germans. Their separation had been a punishment, a punishment they deserved. The wall was the last scar that reminded the world of Germany’s guilt, and the fact that it disappeared that day, made me feel uneasy.”

Many people in Israel shared these contradictory sentiments. “You could sense a certain enthusiasm about the end of the GDR,” says Prof. Moshe Zimmermann, director of the Koebner Center in Jerusalem. “But there was also fear that a Fourth Reich in the heart of Europe might emerge.”

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Sido: "Ich schämte mich, aus dem Osten zu kommen" (Cicero)

Paul Würdig alias Sido ist einer der größten Popstars unserer Zeit: Jahrelang verheimlichte er seine wahre Herkunft, die DDR. Ein Gespräch über Stasi-Nachbarn, gebackene Tonbänder und warum er am Geruch erkennt, wenn er in Ostberlin ist.

Die ersten zweieinhalb Schuljahre sind Sie noch im Osten zur Schule gegangen. Wie verlief der Wechsel in die BRD?

Als ich im Westen in die Schule kam dachte ich sofort: „Was ist denn hier los?!“ Im Osten mussten wir immer gerade sitzen, das war die erste Aufgabe in der Schule. Im Westen war ich wirklich schockiert: Da sind Leute einfach aufgestanden und auf die Toilette gegangen. Ich habe das dann auch sehr schnell ausgenutzt. Das mir so eine Chance geboten wurde, war ein großer Fehler.

Gab es denn irgendwelche Konflikte mit Mitschülern?

Das sowieso. Bei meinem ersten Kontakt im Westen überhaupt wurde ich von Türken in meinem Alter dafür angemacht, dass ich Ostler bin. Einfach so aus dem Nichts. Das war für mich damals unverständlich. Und ich bin auch wirklich nicht der Typ, der so was auf sich sitzen lässt. Beim dritten oder vierten Mal musste ich dann was dagegen sagen. Und da kam es natürlich auch zu Schlägereien. Das hatte es vorher im Osten nicht gegeben.

Haben Sie sich für Ihre Herkunft geschämt?

Ja, ich habe mich geschämt dafür, dass ich aus dem Osten komme, sonst hätte ich es nicht irgendwann verheimlicht. Selbst meine Mutter hatte mir das irgendwann geraten. Als ich den Song gemacht habe, in dem ich von meiner wahren Herkunft erzähle, war sie immer noch besorgt und hat gezweifelt, ob es richtig ist das preiszugeben.

Warum haben Sie das überhaupt erst jetzt bekannt gegeben? Die Vorteile für Ihre Album-Promotion lassen sich nicht von der Hand weisen...

Ob man es mir glaubt oder nicht: Das war purer Zufall. Die Idee zur Single „Hey du“ habe ich vor über anderthalb Jahren gehabt. Uns ist erst spät aufgefallen, dass die Single parallel zum Mauerfalljubiläum erscheint.

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Henryk M. Broder: Weg mit Broda!

Der Satz des Anstosses: “Wenn Sie ein Kilo Eiscreme mit 100 Gramm Hundekacke mischen, wird das Ganze nicht nach Eiscreme sondern nach Hundekacke schmecken.“ (Freitag, 6.11., Radio 1, Kommentar zum Tage um 8 nach 8 zur Bildung der rot-roten Koalition in Brandenburg.)

Eine Einsicht, so einfach wie die, dass die DDR eine Diktatur der Kleinbürger war, Nationalsozialismus mit menschlichem Antlitz, ein Staat, in dem Menschen unterdrückt, verfolgt und, wenn es sein musste, auch umgebracht wurden. Viele ehemalige Ossis sehen das freilich anders. Jeder zweite ist der Meinung, die DDR war kein Unrechtsstaat, 60% glauben, es ging in der DDR gerechter zu als in der Bundesrepublik heute. Und wenn sie könnten, würden sie am liebsten rübermachen, in den Osten, aber ihren VW Passat und den letzten Plasmabildschirm natürlich mitnehmen. Weil das aber nicht geht, schreiben sie sich ihren Frust von der gequälten Seele. Und das sieht dann so aus:

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Ali Waked: Part of West Bank security barrier torn down 'like Berlin Wall' (YNET)







Eine ziemlich peinliche Inszenierung zum 20 jährigen Jubiläum des deutschen Mauerfalls erprobten Palästinenser und Linke bei Bethlehem in der Westbank: Mit Kamera ausgestattet versuchten sie ein Teil der israelischen Antiterroranlage einzureißen, um somit symbolisch eine parallele der palästinensischen Situation (hier die israelische Besatzung) mit der deutschen Geschichte zu ziehen. Dass in Deutschland allerdings ein Volk durch die Mauer getrennt wurde und dieses von der eigenen Regierung unterdrückt wurde, spielt in dieser palästinensischen Propagandaschlacht keine Rolle. Allein die Emotionen der Weltbevölkerung soll angeregt werden. Fakten sollen auf der Strecke bleiben. Im Folgenden der Bericht Ali Wakeds für Jediot Aharonot:

Palestinians, leftists rallying in Naalin say they tipped over concrete slab to mark fall of 'monstrosity that divided Berlin,' adding 'we will triumph because justice is on our side'

Some 300 Palestinians and left-wing activists who demonstrated on Friday against the construction of the West Bank security barrier in the village of Naalin said they managed to overturn one of its concrete slabs.

"On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is high time that the separation barrier be dismantled in accordance with the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague," said one of the protestors.

The concrete slab that was taken down is five-meters high and weighs several tons, the demonstrators said.

The rally's organizers claimed that a model of the Berlin Wall which was placed near the barrier was torn down by Israeli soldiers who chased them into Naalin.

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Pallywood-Nachahmer - Paolo Zeppetelli: Isreali wall in Bethlehem






A short video of the wall whilst Israeli soldiers in the watch tower looked on. The video is short and hurried as the Israeli soldiers could have shot me at any time. Hence why I brought a priest with me in case anything happened

Lieber Paolo Zeppetelli: Wo sind die hastigen Bewegungen und Worte, die bösen israelischen Soldaten mit ihren Gewehren, wo sind die bedrohlichen Warnschüsse, wo die Gefahr?

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II Abbas Rückzug







David Horovitz: The bitterest deadlock (Jpost)

As Abbas vows not to stand in the next elections, his PA has embarked on an intensified campaign of delegitimization against Israel and criticism of the US for not meeting the demand for a full settlement freeze. Any lingering diplomatic hopes have now evaporated.

Six weeks ago, in a meeting arranged to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, Barack Obama sought to bring the weight of his presidency to bear upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. "Simply put, it is past time to talk about starting negotiations," the US president told the pair. "It is time to move forward."

Despite that presidential admonition, despite both sides' purported acknowledgement of the urgent need for progress and despite the relentless shuttle diplomacy in our region by Obama's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and his special envoy George Mitchell, Israel and the PA are still not talking.

But while Netanyahu insists he is ready to enter a substantive negotiating process right away without preconditions, the PA is not only requiring a full settlement freeze before it deigns to reenter talks, it is also presiding over an intensified campaign of delegitimization against Israel and criticism of the United States for not meeting the demand.

On the very day that Obama was meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas in New York, the PA/Fatah TV program The Best Home was broadcasting a segment in which the host asked a young Palestinian interviewee where he was from. When the boy, perhaps 10 or 11, wearing a purple and pink tracksuit top, smilingly replied that he was (impossibly) from Lod, the host corrected him: "You mean you are from Lod, but you live here [in Ramallah]. Never mind, my dear. Allah willing, the day will come when we will return to Lod and to all the areas they have occupied."

Three weeks later, PLO Executive Committee member Salah Rafat was using Fatah TV to deny that a Jewish Temple ever stood in Jerusalem, and to accuse Israel of "stealing" the Palestinian "national heritage - from cuisine to clothing to architecture."

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III Wissenschaft und Islam

Uriya Shavit: Muslims, Jews and the Nobel Prize (Jpost)

Next month, Prof. Ada Yonath will be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry, becoming the fifth Israeli scientist to win this award. This has sharpened, once again, the grim statistics regarding the scarcity of Nobel laureates in the Muslim and Arab worlds. While Jews, who are only around 0.2 percent of the world population, have won a quarter of all Nobel Prizes awarded in the sciences, Muslims, who are one quarter of the world population, have won only a handful, even by the most generous accounts. And while relative to its size, Israel's tiny academia has been the world's leading Nobel power over the past decade, Arab universities have yet to produce their first Nobel laureate.

Israelis and Jews worldwide consider these awards a source of pride - and rightly so. It's always nice to be on a winning team. Muslims and Arabs view these numbers as a source of shame and even soul-searching. Even Muslim religious scholars who portray Western political systems, social foundations and cultural achievements as manifestations of infidel entities in decay recognize that the West's huge scientific and technological edge must be narrowed. Some openly discuss Israel's scientific achievements to encourage their followers to become more academically competitive.

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM offers a conventional explanation for the disproportionate number of Nobel Prizes in science awarded to Jews and Israelis: the "Jewish genius," whereas Muslims and Arabs fail because they live under dictatorships. This explanation is not completely detached from reality, but is, nevertheless, not sufficient.

The truth is that a certain type of Jew has won Nobel Prizes. These Jewish laureates drew on a Jewish heritage that dedicates itself to learning, reveres scholars and places intellectual demands on its young people. But these laureates were also modern Jews, open to modern sciences and rational thinking, and keen on making their way in the greater world that exists beyond their communities. Remove one part of this equation - heritage or modernity - and the "Jewish genius" vanishes.

This particular type of Jew is a nearly extinct species. Secular Jews, especially secular Israelis, are increasingly detached from the heritage of giving primacy to education and scholarship. They are inundated by a culture that reveres instant celebrity, shameless greed and utter stupidity. Observant Jews, especially observant Israelis, are increasingly facing trends that are hostile toward rationality, suspicious of modernity and indifferent to the merits of scientific experimentation.

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