A good article by Suzanne Field in Jewish World Review discusses how Germany is also threatening to succumb to the West Bank Labelling bias. She points out other lands of dispute that don’t seem to arouse anyone’s desire for labelling.
In Germany, a Label for the Jews, Again
By Suzanne Fields
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama was in Berlin this week, and he was a different Barack Obama than the one who visited the German capital as a candidate in 2008. He was in a different Berlin, too. The welcome was warm, but the crowds were smaller and the adoration — and that’s exactly what it was — has dissolved. The thrill is definitely gone.
Germany has clearly transformed itself. American Jews in particular appreciate the transformation of the dregs of the Third Reich into the redeemed engine of Europe. More than any other country that once constituted the Axis, Germany has tried to make amends for the Holocaust. They have paid reparations. Five and a half acres of the heart of Berlin is a memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. A stroller in the city observes small bronze plaques at her feet, frequently imbedded in the sidewalk, inscribed with names of Jewish families who lived there before they were taken out of their homes and sent to death in concentration camps. Germany has welcomed with generous welfare benefits thousands of Jewish families from Russia who couldn’t practice their religion there, and now they can in Germany.
The Germans have understood the lessons of history and their role in making that history. Germany has become a “special friend” of Israel and has cultivated that steadfast alliance when it wasn’t always easy to do as a member of the European Union. But now that seems about to change. This probably isn’t part of the conversations Mr. Obama will have with Angela Merkel (but should have been).
“This is not an anti-Israel move,” he insists, but merely a suggestion in behalf of a two-state solution.
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“If the only country you want to single out is Israel, that’s anti-Semitism,” says Abraham Foxman of the anti-Defamation League.
By adding her support to the labeling of Jews, Angela Merkels has hurt herself and Germany’s special relationship with Israel and casts a dark and ominous shadow over the good works of Germans since the end of World War II.
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