Menu
FM Ashkenazi meets with Cypriot FM Nikos Christodoulides

FM Ashkenazi meets with Cypriot FM …

FM Ashkenazi: Israel and ...

MFA hosts virtual conference on digital diplomacy during the corona crisis

MFA hosts virtual conference on dig…

Some 150 participants wil...

PM Netanyahu chairs Corona Cabinet meeting

PM Netanyahu chairs Corona Cabinet …

The goal of the policy is...

Israel marks Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism

Israel marks Memorial Day for the f…

Remembrance Day, Yom Hazi...

President Rivlin and FM Katz host reception for the diplomatic and consular corps in Israel

President Rivlin and FM Katz host r…

President Rivlin: Althoug...

Special Holy Fire ceremony held during the coronavirus outbreak

Special Holy Fire ceremony held dur…

The traditional Holy Fire...

PM Netanyahu addresses the ceremony marking Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day

PM Netanyahu addresses the ceremony…

Prime Minister Benjamin N...

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 20-21 April 2020

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Reme…

The official Opening Cere...

Briefing for foreign ambassadors on Coronavirus management and cooperation with the Palestinians

Briefing for foreign ambassadors on…

During the briefing, the ...

Yad L'Achim Opens Hotline for Assistance from Experienced Psychologists, Social Workers

Yad L'Achim Opens Hotline for Assis…

Confused? Under Pressure?...

Prev Next
A+ A A-
Booking.com

Lauder calls German court's rejection of ban of neo-Nazi party 'disconcerting'

Lauder calls German court's rejection of ban of neo-Nazi party 'disconcerting'

Jewish leaders expressed disappointment Tuesday at the ruling of Germany's supreme court which rejected a ban of the extreme-right National Democratic Party (NPD).

In its verdict, the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe found no legal grounds to ban the NPD, arguing that it lacked sufficient power to overthrow its anti-democratic aims. The NPD is an anti-foreigner, anti-EU party whose leaders often belittle the Holocaust.

Under the German constitution, the Basic Law of 1949, only the Constitutional Court can disband a party if it is found to actively undermine the democratic order.

A 2003 attempt failed after court learned that government informants had themselves instigated some of the allegedly unconstitutional activities.

Lamenting the decision, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said the verdict “allows the NPD to pursue its destructive, anti-democratic activities and to spread more anti-Semitic and racist hatred. This sends the wrong signal, all the more so as the court made it very clear that the NPD indeed strives to overthrow the democratic order and shares many of the aims of Hitler’s Nazi party.”

Charlotte Knobloch, head of the Jewish communities of Munich and Bavaria, said she respected the decision but “I deeply regret it.” Knobloch, who also is the World Jewish Congress commissioner for Holocaust Memory, said that while she could understand the legal argument that there were“no concrete threats”, a ban of the NPD would have been important “primarily due to German history, and also given the background of increased right-wing populism and right-wing extremism today.”

The latest hearings began last year, after the German states joined to make the request. It is extremely difficult to ban a party in Germany, due to post-Nazi era laws designed to safeguard free speech.

The court found that while the NPD’s attitude was inhumane, racist, and similar in orientation to National Socialism, it did not have the potential to overturn German democracy.

Though the NPD has never made it into the German federal parliament, in 2014 one of the party’s most notorious members, Udo Voigt, was elected to the European Parliament, which has a lower vote threshold for winning seats.

NPD representatives have been elected into two state parliaments in the past decade by barely passing the 5 percent vote minimum in Germany. Election success earns the party federal taxpayer money.

The court said that it would be possible for lawmakers to amend legislation in order to withhold such funds from the party.

Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and a vice-president of the WJC, said in a statement: “For the Jewish population and other minorities, as well as everyone who does not fit into the worldview of this party, a ban would have been very important and encouraging. It also would have given a boost to all those civil society activists who have been opposing the NPD for years."

Schuster also urged those in government, both federal and state, to use all the legal tools at their disposal to have public funds withdrawn from the party. He said the court’s statement was not a success for the NPD, since the court laid bare the party’s true face, including its anti-Semitic attitudes.

WJC President Lauder warned that it did not take long for Hitler’s Nazi party to achieve its aims. “The situation today may be different, but there is absolutely no reason to be complacent,” he added. “Germany must continue to combat the neo-Nazi movement vigorously.”
Read more...

Lauder welcomes Ban Ki-moon’s ‘long-awaited’ admission of UN bias against Israel

WJC, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has welcomed outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s “long-awaited and impactful” recognition of the UN’s ongoing disproportionate stance on Israel and his demand that Hamas once and for all renounce the use of violence and recognize the right of Israel to exist.

However, Lauder added that it had “been incumbent” upon Ban to make such remarks over the course of his near 10-year term, and to voice opposition to the anti-Israel resolutions that have abounded.

“In the nearly 10 years that he has been in office, Ban Ki-moon has vigilantly supported a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, a shared sentiment that we encourage and respect.

"But his tenure has been replete with some of the most shocking and anti-Israel resolutions of our time, including repeated Human Rights Council decisions singling out Israel for crimes against humanity, while ignoring the fate of nationals in other parts of the world whose lives are constantly at risk due to the horror and terror of extremists in their midst, as well as UNESCO decisions that blatantly and aggressively deny Israel of its historic Jewish ties to Jerusalem and accuse Israel of aggression in its sovereign capacity.

"We believe that criticism of Israel can be sounded when due, but many of the resolutions of the last few years have been so clearly biased and damaging to Israel.

“We welcome Mr. Ban’s final speech to the UN Security Council, particularly his assertion that there is indeed a bias in the international organization he has led for nearly a decade, and the fact that there is incitement and violence ongoing against Israel. As we’ve said so many times before, the UN has been hijacked by states focused on their own political interests that target Israel disproportionately at the expense of real human rights crises desperate of international attention.

“It was incumbent upon Secretary General Ban to issue statements such as these over the course of his near decade-long tenure, but it is encouraging to hear now, even in his waning hours in office, and we very much hope that the message will be absorbed by the bodies operating under the UN in the years to come.

"We stand ready to assist in every diplomatic measure possible to ensure that Israel and the Jewish people are given fair evaluation and treatment in the world’s preeminent international organization,” declared Lauder.
Read more...

'No minority should live under a state of fear': Lauder condemns ‘horrific act of terror’ in Orlando

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder on Sunday harshly condemned the vicious attack on an Orlando, Florida nightclub which left 50 people dead and dozens more wounded earlier in the evening, in the most severe hate crime in US history.

"On behalf of world Jewry, I condemn this horrific act of terror and wish to express the Jewish people's solidarity with the victims and with the LGBT community,” Lauder said. “No minority should live under a state of fear simply because of who they are, and we must work together to root out hate in all its forms. My prayers are with the families and friends of those who were lost. May their memories be a blessing."

The suspect in the shooting pledged allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston bombing in a call to 911 about 20 minutes into the attack, according to US reports. His name has not been confirmed by US authorities, but several news outlets have identified him as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old resident of Florida.
Read more...
Subscribe to this RSS feed

Sections

Jewish Traditions

About Us

Community

Cooperations

Follow Us