photo:Â With Palestine solidarity activism inÂ Germany gaining more visibility, the backlash against it has increased. (ActiveStills)
The Holocaust was the first historic event that touched my inner core as a human being. Perhaps this explains my early fascination with everything Jewish.
In the 1990s, I lived for two years in Israel, where I volunteered in a center for adults with special needs. This was part of my German Zivildienst â€” a civilian substitute for conscientious objectors to then compulsory military service. I was what I now consider a naive, well-intentioned, liberal Zionist.
Germany provides Israel with top-notch submarines ready to be equipped with Israelâ€™s not-so-secret nuclear warheads. Recently, documents have surfaced strongly suggesting that Germany also financed Israelâ€™s nuclear program from the start.
Konrad Adenauer, Germanyâ€™s first chancellor after the Second World War, reportedly channeled huge amounts of Deutschmarks into Israelâ€™s nuclear weapons program.
In Germany, activism for Palestinian rights has been largely ignored for decades. Demonstrations, talks, pamphlets, books highlighting the Palestinian plight â€” all were pushed under the carpet.
The Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions â€” or BDS â€” has been a total game changer in this respect…
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Related interest: 08/07/16Â German University Nixes Course on Palestinian Youth