German Op-Ed: Israel Cannot be a Jewish State

January 6, 2014 5:33 pm 19 comments

A regional paper based in the German city of Osnabrück published an editorial claiming Israel cannot be a Jewish state. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org - A German newspaper, Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (Neue OZ), published an op-ed last week titled “Israel as Jewish state: Unacceptable demand” that has sparked outrage in the German Jewish community. Author Franziska Kückmann compared the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state by the Palestinians with the creation of either a theocracy like the Islamic Republic of Iran or an “apartheid state” where non-Jews would become second-class citizens.

“Both versions are incompatible with [Israel's] claim to be a modern state, and may not be accepted by the world community. As long as Israel provides such unreasonable conditions, (its) assertion to be interested in a two-state solution s worth nothing,” Kückmann wrote, as translated from German by JNS.org.

A representative from Israel’s embassy in Germany told theJerusalem Post, “Germany more than all other states should be aware of the necessity of Israel’s existence as a Jewish state. Every attempt to define Israel as a two peoples’ state—and not to be defined as a Jewish state—misjudges the reality and damages the chances for success in the peace process. Israel is a democratic, pluralistic state, in which all citizens are treated equally, independent of religion, sex and nationality.”

“Israel is committed to the two-state solution. Our goal is two national states for two peoples. Israel recognizes the right of the Palestinians to their own state and expects, in return, that the Palestinians will recognize Israel as a Jewish state,” the representative added.

Michael Grünberg, head of the Jewish community in the city of Osnabrück, said the article is a “new form of anti-Semitism” and that the author “denies Jews the right to their own state.”

19 Comments

  • One of the comments on the newspaper’s website nails it IMHO: “So jung, frisch, blond und blauäugig kann heute also Israelhass aussehen.” – “This is how young, fresh, blonde and blue-eyed Israel-hate can appear today.”

    Looking into Ms. Kückmann’s background provided on the newspaper’s website one will find that her focus is on foreign affairs, particlularly with the Islamic world. She majored in Islamic sciences, among others.

    Looking at this resumee, it does NOT surprise me that this is a anti-semitic biased commentary. What scares me the most is that young people like her are in positions that are able to spread this kind of ideology. You do not need to have a club foot to be a dangerous demagoge.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Kueckmann is an imbecile!

  • What’s wrong with with Israel for Israelis? Why should religion be made a condition for peace?

  • My thumbs up to Franziska Kückmann!
    Of course, now she will be vilified by the jewish scums.

  • did she write a nonsense screed arguing any other nations should not be for the people of that nation?

    japan must stop being for the japanese? korea for koreans? how about the vast sea of arab nations for arabs and with the expulsion of native jews from all the arab nations over , what, 50 years ago? the arab muslims are poised to cleanse themselves of the remaining christians also, but hey Israel should be constantly attacked for having the temerity to want to be a jewish identity nation. at the root I think what people like this harpy really hate down deep is the self determination of jews in israel not being at the tender mercies of a larger non jewish population who would decide at any given time the fate of the jews among them. how dare they wish to determine their own fate and not suffer pogroms great and small from the likes of her yes , I think that is the sting, these pesky jews of israel are outside the grasp of the wolves such as this women who circle out in the darkness the fire of israel hoping the light will go out. licking their chops and howling in frustration.

    she just doesnt have the stones to put it that way.

    • Funny you didn’t write that noone questions “France for the French” or “Sweden for the Swedes”? But that is because many of you do!

      So the recipe seems to be: multiculturalism for the fascist Europeans and nationalism for the rest of us!

  • Did not the Nazis post banners over tens of thousands forced in death marches and reduced to eating grass: “This way to Palestine…”??? How quickly the new generation forgets the sins of the old. Yes in deed, we must be more sensitive to the suffering of the landless Palestinians, as our parents were for the Jews!

    • I think I see the way Germany works.

      They get to kill anybody to make Germany a German state, so it can never again be contested or corrected.

      However, the Jews must sit tight, let the Muslims take away their autonomy, and then let the Muslims abuse them until they are dead or converted.

      Nice logic, German peoples!

      • I think the Germans are just frustrated that they cannot get East Prussia back (sorry, Poland) so they try to tell others what they can and cannot do.

      • Why not Germany for the Germans? Or Europe, particularly Eastern Europe, for the Aryans? All Mr. H and his followers wanted was exactly what Israel currently desires: a state defined and reserved for people like themselves.

        It seems to me the world fought a pretty substantial war to rid the world of a regime organized along those lines. More and more Israel appears not to be designed in response to the crimes of the last century, so much as to set about repeating them.

  • Bravo emanuel

  • Kuckmann has expressed the views that the success of a modern Jewish and democratic state is equivalent to the brutal theocracy of Iran or an apartheid state. She thoroughly lacks understanding of Israeli society, Israeli democratic government and Israeli adherence to the essentials of equal protection principles under the law. She seems to have dredged the deepest parts of repulsive feculence and hatred to express her feelings.Well, she is German,who seems to be unfriendly towards the Jewish State, and guess who destroyed most of European Jewry?

  • My wife, two years old when WWII started, and her parents were hidden in various places in Poland throughout the war. The current German reparations bureaucracy bases its reparations amounts on how well the Jewish claimant speaks German! That is much greater discrimination against non-Germans than any thing that srael is accused of.

  • Bathsheva Gladstone

    Hmm, a German anti-Semite… whoda thunk?

  • Thank you Google translate! I was able to give her a piece of my mind. Maybe others can do the same:
    http://www.noz.de/deutschland-welt/politik/artikel/439898/israel-als-judischer-staat-unzumutbare-forderung#comments-jump-to

  • I wonder if they would take the same position about Islamic dominated states around the world today? As far as I know, Israel has never taken a position against any religions being practices in Israel.

  • Israel will continue to the the Jewish State long after Germany is gone and forgotten.

  • What a bigot! By that logic I guess there is no need then for a Muslim Palestinian state since the the over 300,000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria would then become “second-class citizens.” She should be charged with antisemitism in Germany and fired from her job! With that logic no country would be allowed to have an official state religion but she singles out Israel because she’s an anti-Semite. Another bigot applying laughable double-standards to Jews.

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