Germany stands by Israel — despite the Holocaust, and because of the Holocaust

Source: DW

70 years of the State of Israel commemoration march with Israeli and German flags in Berlin

Burning Israeli flags on German streets, openly shouted antisemitism. Concern is turning into fear, among Jews in Germany as well as Israelis. How good are German-Israeli relations?

“This violence cannot be justified by anything. Israel has the right to defend itself against these attacks within the framework of self-defense,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday, denouncing the actions of Hamas in light of the massive rocket fire on Israel. Seibert speaks for the German chancellor. It is a journalistic custom to say that Angela Merkel speaks through the words of her spokesman.

Germany is 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) away from Israel. But, these days, distance is relative. The escalation in the conflict has shaken many in Germany. Now the conflict is spilling over onto German streets. Israeli flags are burning; insecurity and fear are growing among Israelis in Germany and German Jews.

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Categories: Europe, Germany, Israel

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  1. Merely on the pretext that since Germans committed atrocities against Jews, now Germany must keep mum on the atrocities committed by Israelis against Palestinians.  From which angle this attitude this logic sounds logical? If due to some implied policies,  the German government is bound to stand silent against the atrocities of the Israeli government, the German Public is not. This nation always stands for absolute justice and will continue to do so.

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