For my generation, the name of Danny the Red, or Daniel Cohn-Bendit, is forever connected to Paris and the glorious revolution of 1968, to Godard’s La Chinoise and Antonioni’s Zabriski Point, to ‘It is forbidden to forbid’ graffiti in universities, to long haired hippies, to marijuana and free love, to barricades in Paris and Berkeley and to the sweet wind of freedom that swept across the continents. Like its great predecessor, the Spring of Nations in 1848, the 1968 uprising failed but it transformed Europe and the US. Danny the Red was a mover of the revolution and a great source of inspiration for those of us who sought freedom and equality.
Years passed by and Cohn-Bendit, now a respectable Euro MP from the German Green Party, is visiting Jerusalem. Times have changed and so has he and it isn’t just his waistline. He stresses that he is neither Zionist nor anti-Zionist. Jews can live in Europe, too; they do not have to move to Israel. He supports creation of a Palestinian state, he says, and is against the occupation. He feels that Sharon, too, is against the occupation – maybe Sharon wants to have a slightly Greater Israel, but not much greater. The Wall, inhuman as it is, is a proof of Sharon’s intention to limit Israeli expansion.
He tells of his meetings with the ‘boys’ – his new friends, the War party in Washington. Perle and Wolfowitz shared with him their plans for the Middle East, he says. They want to give Iraq to a Hashemite ruler and to push Palestinians into Jordan to create a Palestinian state there. Then, the Jews will get the whole of Palestine. They are Bolsheviks, he says. ‘Bolshevik’ is a swear word for this new Danny. He has a better, much better plan: give a state to Palestinians, and bring Israel into NATO and the European Union. Make Russia, China, everybody declare their support for the Jewish state, the best and the only democracy in the Middle East. If the Americans go along, he can deliver European support for the American occupation of Iraq, he says. Even his hosts from the liberal Zionist Peace Now shudder uneasily.
Cohn-Bendit feels he can do it. He has many achievements behind him. He promoted the dismemberment of Yugoslavia. He supported NATO’s bombing of Serbia into submission. But the Jewish cause occupies much of his time and effort. He is proud that Germany supplied Israel with the nuclear-capable submarines at the expense of the German taxpayer. ‘This gift is their payment for Holocaust’, says the German Euro MP. Why are a million potential casualties (most probably Arabs) the desired atonement? Isn’t he worried that Iran or Syria can become a target of nuclear warheads from these submarines? – I ask him. No, he is not worried. But the homicidal maniacs now ruling the Holy Land consider ‘taking the world down with them’, in the words of Martin van Creveld of Hebrew University. I push him; his country is also liable to suffer. ‘What country?’ Danny asks innocently. Born in France, serving in Brussels and Strasbourg, loving Israel, he forgot he was representing Germany. Can’t a Jew love his country? Yes, if he knows which country it is.
Still, he does not think Israel is always right. One may, on certain conditions, criticize Israel. These conditions are rather rigorous and hard to meet. March last year, a Syrian immigrant and member of a German state assembly from Cohn-Bendit’s party, Jamal Karsli, called on Germany to stop providing Israel with weapons of mass destruction and referred to the ‘strong Jewish influence in German media’. Cohn-Bendit and his Parteigenossen practically lynched Karsli for ‘anti-Semitism’. Their attack was supported by Michel Friedman, ‘the most eloquent Jewish spokesman in Germany’ –this was before this regular patron of Belarusian whores was apprehended while pushing cocaine.
Have you no qualms, I ask him, for invoking anti-Semitism like Bush and Ashcroft, Friedman and Foxman? It is a Bolshevik attitude, he says. ‘One should be able to express a view even if a similar opinion is expressed by some unpleasant folks’. Bravo, Danny! But why didn’t he think that way when he expelled Karsli from the Party for ‘repeating the Nazi canard of Jewish control’? Why didn’t this brilliant thought stop him – or other Jews – from forever appealing to the Protocols of Zion as to their best defense: if the Protocols say the Jews should take over the media, ipso facto no one is allowed to notice the steady takeover of the European media by Jewish interests. Why can’t we apply the same maxim here that ‘One should be able to express a view even if a similar opinion is expressed by some unpleasant folks.’
The reason is that, as a rule, Jews are unable to apply Kant’s categorical imperative to make a universal rule. It could provide a definition of a Jew: ‘a person unable to make an objective moral judgment’ because the old religious or ethnic criteria do not apply anymore. His judgment will be forever different whether it is good for Jews or bad for Jews. WMD are bad in Gentile hands but good in Jewish ones. Nationalism of a goy is bad, devotion to the Jewish cause is good. Equal rights for Jew and non-Jew in Europe is good but bad in Palestine. Karsli was bad for Jews, so he had to go. TOP
Expelled by Cohn-Bendit from the Green Party, Karsli joined the FDP of Juergen Moellemann, a brave German politician who objected to the rearmament of Israel and to Jewish control of the German media. In a short while, Juergen Moellemann had a fatal accident: both his parachutes did not open. (Practically in the same time, Anna Lindh, the Swedish Foreign minister and steadfast supporter of the Palestinian cause was assassinated in Stockholm.) Karsli’s political career was stopped in bud.
It was just the beginning of Cohn-Bendit’s campaign against Arab immigrants in Europe. Recently the European Union commissioned a study on anti-Semitism in Europe. A group of Zionist researchers took the job and produced a report that blamed anti-Semitism on Semites – more precisely, on Arabs.
It was an improbable suggestion. The ethnically and religiously diverse East never knew racism. Anyone with even a limited knowledge of Arabs knows they have no racial prejudice against Jews per se. In the past, as David Shasha, a Syrian Jewish researcher wrote, “Jews and other ethnic minorities served within the Islamic polity as recognized members of a cultured society and participated in an intimate way in the evolution and development of that society”. In the present, dozens of Jews who support the Palestinian cause live in Arab Palestinian homes from Rafah to Jenin. Be it Norman Finkelstein or Jennifer Loewenstein, they never experienced racial hatred. As for myself, I always felt at home with the Arabs, with Maghrebis in Marseille and Saudis in London or Egyptians in Cairo and Palestinians in my hometown of Jaffa.
In order to show the desired result, the researchers included anti-Israeli activity within their scope and came to conclusion: ‘Muslims and pro-Palestinian activists stand behind anti-Semitism in Europe’. Rightly, the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) shelved the report for it was “tainted by anti-Muslim bias and the use of inappropriate research methods”. Instead of recognizing their errors, the researchers went to complain to the Israeli daily Ha’aratz, that the Europeans dismissed their report due to “excessive political correctness”.
When do Jews object to political correctness? Whenever it interferes with their Muslim-bashing. The European antiracist watchdog judged “the focus on Muslim and pro-Palestinian perpetrators to be inflammatory” and liable to cause “civil war in Europe”. But a civil war in Europe against millions of Arabs and other Muslims is a Zionist objective, a part and parcel of the US-led War on Islam. Ha’aratz reported: