worries over a Terror organization targeting the Jewish state will most probably be overlooked as hysteria however it was not so long ago that the German people had voted for a fascist party through democratic elections leading to the loss of 30% of the world’s Jews, a number that had not yet reached its pre second world war size .
According to the Jerusalem Post, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a designated terror group, will be allowed to run as a political party in German parliamentary elections (!?).
The PFLP carried out a number of airline hijackings in the 1970s as well as a number of shootings and suicide bombings during the Second Intifada — including the 2001 assassination of Israeli cabinet minister Rehavam Zeevi. Its most recent terror of note was in 2014 when it claimed responsibility for an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in which two gunmen killed four rabbis and a responding police officer. A fifth worshipper died in a coma months later.
For observers of terrorism in Germany, it is unclear why the ministry is reluctant to outlaw the Palestinian organization, which is widely recognized as a terrorist group.
“It should not have been allowed to come to this that an anti-Israel terror organization in Germany formed an election alliance and is an election choice,” said Volker Beck, a Green Party MP
Beck, who is chairman of the German-Israel parliamentary group in the Bundestag, said “the federal Interior Ministry must quickly act and ban the PFLP.”
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) joined forces with the PFLP to be on the election ballot. Germany’s most recent federal intelligence report, from 2016, listed the MLPD as a “leftist extremist party” that has been “unsuccessful in elections.”
The MLPD has 1,800 members and supporters, the intelligence report noted.
According to an August 16 report by journalist Stefan Laurin in the weekly German-Jewish newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine, the federal intelligence agency does not see a problem with PFLP.
Though the PFLP is included in the EU terrorist list, the intelligence agency said the PLFP “has not executed up until now any militant actions.”
The lack of enforcement of antiterrorism laws regarding PFLP activities by German federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, Berlin’s Mayor Michael Müller and the city authorities in the western city of Wuppertal have raised eyebrows in the German media.
The PFLP held a celebration event for the 49th anniversary of the creation of the Palestinian terrorist organization with “the supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine” in Berlin in December.
According to the PFLP website, the PLO’s ambassador to Germany, Kholoud Daibes, attended the event. A photograph of Doris Ghannam,a representative from the BDS (boycott, divest, sanctions) campaign against Israel in Germany, speaking at the PFLP event is also shown on the website. The location of the PFLP event in December was not cited. The PFLP has attempted to hold events in the publishing house of the socialist newspaper Neues Deutschland (New Germany) in 2016 and 2017.The DAB bank shut the BDS Campaign’s account in 2016.
Leila Khaled, a PFLP plane hijacker, spoke in April 2016 in Wuppertal. Khaled has been on a tour in Europe to support the PFLP and the BDS campaign targeting the Jewish state. Khaled has said that Palestinians have established “that negotiations will be held only with knives and weapons.”
Khaled was a key member of a terrorist cell that hijacked TWA Flight 840 in 1969. A year later, she participated in the attempted hijacking of EL AL Flight 219. The Spanish authorities allowed Khaled to receive a literary honor at a book festival in Barcelona in April. The city council of Barcelona funded a radical NGO to cover Khaled’s travel and other costs.
Beck, the Green Party lawmaker, said “whoever gives the PFLP money is to be blamed for the support of a terrorist organization.”
The MLPD did not immediately respond to a Jerusalem Post press query.
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