Why is the left so against Israel

DIE LINKE, Israel and Anti-Semitism: Is the topic over?

Without a dissenting vote, the executive committee of the DIE LINKE party decided on May 21, 2011: «It is part of the basic left positions to act against all forms of anti-Semitism in society. Right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism do not and never have a place in our party today. DIE LINKE (...) and partners take a resolute stand against anti-Semitic ideas and right-wing extremist acts. " The parliamentary group DIE LINKE followed this decision unanimously on June 7, 2011. It was also added: «We will not take part in initiatives on the Middle East conflict that call for a one-state solution for Palestine and Israel, nor in calls for boycotts against Israeli products, nor in this year's trip by a Gaza flotilla. We expect our personal employees as well as the parliamentary group employees to stand up for this position. "

Only a short time later it became known that a third of the Left MPs had not taken part in this vote. This decision was continued to be criticized from within our own ranks and also explicitly disregarded. "Undemocratic and dangerous" is this decision, said Anette Groth, a member of the Bundestag, to the ARD, a "termination of international solidarity". The decision, she added in a personal statement, was "only due to psychological pressure" and was not supported by her. Other MPs, on the other hand, according to Bundestag Vice-President Petra Pau, vehemently and emphatically defended the position as existential for DIE LINKE.

The emotionality of the public debate among those involved took on traits that made observers doubt that the left parliamentary group would survive this dispute unscathed. With the aim of smoothing out the whirled waves, a resolution was passed on June 28, 2011. “As the left, we will continue to publicly criticize the policy of the Israeli governments towards the Palestinians whenever this is necessary because of their violation of international law and human rights. (…) It is unacceptable if such criticism of the policy of the Israeli government is met with accusations of anti-Semitism. We will not allow members of our faction and party to be publicly denounced as anti-Semites if they criticize such policies by the Israeli government. (...) The inflationary use of the term anti-Semitism harms the fight against it. " The Bundestag parliamentary group leader Gregor Gysi then told the ZDF magazine Berlin: "I think the subject is over."

However, an end to the controversies within the DIE LINKE party, which are often determined by extreme positions, can hardly be expected. The following remarks are intended to show why not. To understand the controversies, an at least cursory look at the history of the left, anti-Semitism and the Middle East conflict is necessary as an “introduction”.

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