Journalist Max Blumenthal tried to confront politician Gregor Gysi over an Israeli bomb attack that killed a German family. Instead, Gysi hid in a bathroom.
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Gregor Gysi smears Max Blumenthal & David Sheen then locks himself in the Bundestag toilet
Veröffentlicht am 10.11.2014
In October, I was invited by a lawmaker of the parliamentary group The Left as a journalist to a talk with Max Blumenthal and David Sheen at the German parliament.
Starting on November 6, Max Blumenthal and David Sheen were publicly accused of spreading Judenhass (Jew hatred) in a letter to the director of the theatre Die Volksbühne in Berlin and in an article published at the domestic section of the major daily Berliner Morgenpost:
The allegations against Blumenthal and Sheen were made by Volker Beck, lawmaker and member of the parliamentary group The Greens, Petra Pau, lawmaker and member of the parliamentary group The Left, Reinhold Robbe, a former lawmaker and currently President of the German Israeli Society. Benjamin Weinthal, who is a European correspondent at The Jerusalem Post and a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported about the allegations at Germany’s Morgenpost and the the Jeruslame Post.
Gregor Gysi, who is a lawyer, lawmaker, Germany’s opposition leader and head of the parliamentary group The Left, collaborated with these efforts to publicly smear Blumenthal and Sheen as spreaders of Anti-Semitism in order to prevent Blumenthal and Sheen giving testimonies to the German people at the Volksbühne (on Nov) and at the Parliament (Nov 10) about top Israeli leaders inciting racist violence against Non-Jews.
Finally, Sheen and Blumenthal were not allowed to speak at the Volksbühne. They had to move to the tiny basement of a Coffee Shop near Rosa Luxemburg Square:
Blumenthal and Sheen waited day after day for their hosts, Annette Groth and Inge Höger, who are lawmakers and members of the parliamentary group The Left, to publicly reject theses attempts to slander Blumenthal and Sheen and express support for their journalistic credentials. On midday of November 10, when Blumenthal and Sheen confronted Gysi, lawmakers Groth and Höger still did not do this.
These German parliamentarians invited Blumenthal and Sheen to speak in the German Parliament, not Palestinian journalists who are saying the same things as them for years, precisely because Blumenthal and Sheen are both Jews and because Sheen is Israeli. The Parliamentarians hoped to avoid accusations that they themselves encouraged Jew hatred by presenting two Jews who criticised Israeli racism.
When Blumenthal and Sheen were attacked with the same accusations that those Parliamentarians were trying to dodge, they broke their word to publish a release. Even four days later they issued no statement of support for Blumenthal and Sheen and rejecting the accusation that they spread hatred of Jews.
Until Nov 15, the website of the parliamentary group The Left did not publish the release that was written to defend Sheen and Blumenthal.
Any Jew in Israel who challenges state sponsored racism is tarred and feathered as a race traitor and is subjected to physical attacks and threats of gang rape, torture and murder of them and their families.
Under these conditions in which German politicians, who invited Blumenthal and Sheen, do not defend them, Sheen says that he had no other choice but to defend his reputation and honour on his own and confront Gysi directly for his role in this slanderous campaign as they told me directly after they confront Gysi.
Blumenthal, an US-American writer of Jewish origin, says in the video that he wants to sit down with Gysi in order to see if he can explain the allegations against Blumenthal and Sheen and to see if Gysi can explain why Blumenthal and Sheen should be silenced.
Gysi did not present alternative views and arguments, according to Blumenthal. Blumenthal says about the methods of Gysi who was wrongly accused by the media of being an agent of the Stasi in the past: “This is Stasiism. The Spirit of Stasi is still alive in Berlin right now under the name and in the office of Gregor Gysi who is acting behind the scenes to background deals in an undemocratic fashion and claiming the mentor of a democrat and a leftist in order crash Palestinian rights”, says Blumenthal about Gysi.