Posted November 29, 2023
By Dr. Auliana Poon
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Blinded by History and Held for Ransom by the Jews - Will Germany ever able to ‘Call a Spade a Spade’?
To be absolutely clear, what Hitler did was despicable; no one wishes that fate even on their worse enemies – the systematically killing ten (10) million people over 10 years, including homosexuals, the disabled, blacks, mixed people or ‘mischlings’ and anyone who did not conform to the perfect Aryan mould.
And it is even more amazing that Germany, perhaps the only country in the world, admitted that it screwed up badly, and has been repenting/atoning ever since. This is interesting because more than 100 million Africans were enslaved over 400 years and no single ‘Power’ has owned up and admitted to their wrongdoing, far less for repenting, repairing, atoning or even reparation.
Germany has gone even further to stamp out any form of anti-semitism. The country is ever so conscious of the rise of authoritarianism and its consequences a la Hitler.
This is all well and good. No one wants to deny any people, any creed or any race the right to exist. But what happens when the right to exist is at the expense of someone else’s right to exist? Shall one just continue to blindly support a people that has been systematically supporting the displacement, discrimination and oppression of the Palestinians?
For the past 70 years, land has been systematically taken away from Palestinians, sometimes forcibly, to make way for Jewish settlements. How can this be fair, just or correct? The Jewish State continues to support the illegal settlers despite the fact that the United Nations deemed them Illegal. In 2004, an advisory opinion by the primary judicial organ of the UN, the International Court of Justice, found Jewish settlements to be illegal under international law.
Nearly 20 years later, the Israeli parliament on Tuesday March 21, 2023 paved the way for Jewish settlers’ return to four settlements in the occupied West Bank by amending a 2005 law that ordered their evacuation, a move condemned by the Palestinian Authority and the European Union (Reuters).
In 2017, Amnesty International reported that “For the last 50 years, Israel has been forcing thousands of Palestinians off their land, occupying and illegally using it to create settlements that exclusively house Jewish Israeli settlers”
Despite the Israeli Government breaking International Law, despite systematically displacing, discrimination and oppressing the Palestinians, the world, including Germany, has turned a blind eye.
And you cannot help but think that this war, like the others, is about REAL estate; a land grab! Gaza may be small and tiny, but it is land on the sea, in fact, an extension of Tel Aviv.
Let’s be clear: What the Germans did to the Jews was horrible. But this is no excuse for the Israeli Government to treat the Palestinians in a similar manner. And why does pointing out the injustices make one anti-Semitic? And why has Germany been so silent in face of the atrocities committed against the Palestinians? And why has Germany been so open to immigration from Syria and Ukraine, and not the Palestinians? After all, if the Jews were not driven out of Europe in the first place, the Palestinians would not be fighting the Israeli Government and their Settlers for their own land.
Is it correct for Germany to support Israel ‘ohne wann and aber’ (without any ifs, whens and buts?) as Frederich Maerz, head of the Angela Maerkel’s CDU Party recently professed?
Something is definitely wrong. When in this life, you cannot call out an injustice, and ‘call a spade a spade’, how can one even claim to be FREE?
The attack by Hamas was a horrific act of terror, which cannot be justified by any means. The boundless hatred causing this act could only have grown in the living conditions young people have to face in Gaza, lacking perspective, freedom and the absence of functional and legitimate authority. The response by Israel may diminish the military capacity of Hamas, but it will deepen the despair and hatred – a hatred that will continue to haunt us and endanger all of our lives. Isn’t is time that we change this narrative?
It took a good 400 years to dismantle the unjust system of Slavery; it took 70 years to dismantle the unjust system of Apartheid; this unjust system of Occupation cannot continue indefinitely. What is clear is that in the systems of Apartheid and Slavery, economics played the trump card dismantling these unjust regimes.
So just as we do not want to wear Nike sneakers made with child labour; or clothes from Pakistan sweat shops, why should we eat dates or avocadoes from the Occupied Territories, produced by Jewish settlers on stolen land?
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About the Author:
Dr. Auliana Poon
Managing Director / Chief Strategist
Dr. Auliana Poon heads Leve-Global. She is a courageous and passionate businesswoman. A trained Economist, Dr. Poon is a management consultant and strategist with a focus on trade and strategy development, competitiveness, climate adaptation, and regenerative economic growth. Dr. Poon led teams that developed innovative economic solutions for over 50 countries around the world including Australia, Barbados, the Bahamas, Iceland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mozambique, Singapore, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland and Zambia.
An experienced researcher and analyst with fiercely independent thought, Dr Poon believes that developing countries cannot continue to compete with natural attributes of Sun, Sand, Sea, Oil and Natural Gas alone. For success and sustainability, more people-centred, culture-oriented, innovation-based, sustainability-directed, technology-focused and talent-driven approaches are needed.