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November 7, 2014 4:29 pm

German Left-Wing Parliamentarians Lead Renewed Charge Against Anti-Semitic Son of Clinton Adviser

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Max Blumenthal meets with admirers in Oslo, Norway. Photo: Twitter

Two of Germany’s most well-known left-wing members of parliament have urged a leading Berlin theater to “reconsider” the hosting of a November 9 discussion on the Middle East featuring Max Blumenthal, an American anti-Semitic writer of Jewish origin, and the son of Sidney Blumenthal, a close adviser to potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

In a letter to Frank Castorf and Thomas Walter – the directors of the famed Volksbühne theater, the leading German center for avant-garde and experimental performances – Volker Beck of the Green Party and Petra Pau of Die Linke (“The Left”) pointed to Blumenthal’s frequent “anti-Semitic” comparisons between Nazi Germany and Israel.

The letter, also signed by Reinhold Robbe, a prominent pro-Israel advocate in Germany, explicitly linked the commemoration of the Holocaust with contemporary anti-Semitism, observing that the date of the meeting scheduled for this Sunday, November 9, will mark the 76th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom in Nazi Germany, during which over 30,000 Jews were rounded up and deported.

The letter asserted that the meeting would allow Blumenthal and his cohort David Sheen, an anti-Zionist activist, “to promote anti-Semitic prejudice by comparing the terror of the Nazis with Israeli policies.” They would do so on the anniversary of an episode “that is recognized as the beginning of the persecution, the deportation, and the killing of over six million European Jews.” The letter introduced itself with a quotation from famed Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw: “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

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In confronting the Volksbühne theater with its moral responsibility to reject anti-Semitism, Beck, Pau and Robbe have stepped up the offensive against the promotion of Blumenthal’s views in Germany. As The Algemeiner reported yesterday, Gregor Gysi, the leader of Die Linke, canceled a discussion with Blumenthal at the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, scheduled for Monday. Gysi reached his decision after Benjamin Weinthal, a Berlin-based journalist and political analyst, presented him with evidence of Blumenthal’s anti-Semitic activities and writings.

Clemens Heni, the director of the Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, welcomed the latest attempt to drive home the message that promoting Blumenthal also means promoting anti-Semitism. Speaking to  The Algemeiner, Heni said: “Volker Beck and Petra Pau are two of maybe five parliamentarians who speak out  against antisemitism. We should be grateful for their targeting of this anti-Semitic event that is talking place at a very important cultural institution in east Berlin.”

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  • Phelim

    Interesting how this newspaper accurately reflects the trend in Jewish thought worldwide : moving from the Left to the Right. The founders of the kibbutz movement were staunch socialists; Jewish America was overwhelmingly Democrats. Now all we read is Jewish leaders (and comments here) denouncing the hated Left. Is it true that the ‘Left’ hates Jews? Or is it that being a Progressive and a believer in human rights is incompatible with occupying the West bank and Gaza and annexing it slowly with settlements?

  • al sheeber

    If they don’t like the Nazis or the Muslim brotherhood they have a good case to deny from this creep a platform and tell him to go elsewhere.

  • david

    Worst or best problem,Jewish amtisemites attacked by Germans?

  • Jim42

    Perfect Germans…Even Leftists !
    Thanks for Europe actually in a very bad shape…

  • Hans-Peter Dollhopf

    In 2009 the debt-ridden city of Berlin subsidizd every ticket of the Volksbühne with 184 Euros on average.

  • steven L

    There are honest Germans. Those who invited this Jerk should be expelled from the party for practicing blatant antisemitism.

  • Pinchas Baram

    good to hear that maxie b., a vile leftist rat and the son of a leftist rat, is being shunned in Germany. how about elsewhere?

  • Phil

    Blumenthal projects the fact that he is the Nazi onto his object of hatred–Israel.

  • Fred

    Historical Blumenthal would not differ much to some coverts during the Spanish Inquisition. The venom & hatred they exuded was with a viciousness that convinced the masters how well the conversion worked. Blumenthal is a product of to day , he has chosen the current anti Semitic masters to do their bidding until he and his cohorts will bite the dust once the deed is done. He should read Schiller “Die Raubers”,there is a passage that fits him to a T-.

  • Doc Smith

    I was not aware of Mr Blumenthal’s antiSemetic
    mindset and vocalizations……well there goes ms.
    Hillary in my book…..(truth be known..she never had
    a chance with me anyway)…..but, birds of a feather
    flock together…..I tried to submit this but the person
    with the reject thumb said that I already said this…
    Not True.

  • Doc Smith

    I was not aware of Mr Blumenthal’s antiSemetic
    mindset and vocalizations……well there goes ms.
    Hillary in my book…..(truth be known..she never had
    a chance with me anyway)…..but, birds of a feather
    flock together…..

  • Zyx

    Good job Die Linke. I am not sure any other Leftist parties in Europe would have done the same.

  • Will somebody please punch Max Blumenthal in the face?

    This has been a common plea for two generations of Blumenthal, at least – since his father Sidney (known as Sid Vicious) left a trail of slime in the White House.

    • trondb

      Do not misuse Sid Vicious’ (of The Sex Pistols) name please. Show him some respect.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    Bill and Hillary Clinton are not anti semites. They are Christians, but a Jew like Blumenthal to be anti semitic is not surprising. Judaism has its traitors, who for whatever reason such as self hating or playing up to the larger society will strain themselves to show dingle loyalty and perhaps attempt to hide who they really are. It shows that even “big shots” have their psychological inadequacies. However I worry what influence he will have on Hillary if she is elected.

  • judithg

    it’s such a strange sickness. some sort of compulsion. aberrant thinking that takes hold and doesn’t unstick itself. instead, like those alzheimers plaques we keep hearing about it envelops the brain. inside grows a mold. a fungus. the host becomes worthless and dead. only the hatred of Jews remains.

  • So now we have to carefully examine the supporting cast around Hillary! Max Blumenthal goes to the top closely followed by Huma Mahmood Abedin. She being the long suffering spouse of former Congressman Anthony Wiener.

    Somebody with a competent research staff needs to take a hard look at the rest of her crew to identify more of them. Hillary is likely to follow Kerry’s lead in the Middle East and produce more risk and danger for Israel. She won’t be able to resist thinking that where all the others failed, the infallible Hillary will conquer.

  • Clinton. .max Blumenthal… No difference

  • Anti-semitism is a disgusting and dangerous prejudice. It must be wiped out all over the world. Here and now. Let us all unite against all racial and religious prejudice. This will bring worldwide peace and prosperity.

  • Mickey Oberman

    In my opinion Jews have no worse enemies than self righteous vitriolic traitors to their despised religion than former Jews.

    May those capos eventually pay for the wrongs they do.

    A good start would be never allowing them to ever enter Israel no matter what their plight.

    Mickey Oberman

    • Elmo Glick

      Unfortunately, Blumenthal is just one among many. It is so rare for those on the left to challenge anti-semitism by one of their own. Someone should start with the execrable Huffington Post, which employs so many Jewish staff, including editors and writers, and other contributors, parading as a legitimate journalistic web site, while it purveys lies and slanders about Israel and Jews. It is a website that has no journalistic ethics or standards whatsoever.

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