Video: Germany must stop making Palestinians pay for its Nazi crimes

On Tuesday I appeared on Deutsche Welle to talk about Israel’s ongoing aggression, and Palestinian resistance, in occupied Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Since Deutsche Welle is a German state broadcaster, I considered it particularly important to address German complicity in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.

“I think it is time for the people of Germany and German elites to stop making Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip pay for the crimes of the German people against European Jews,” I told the TV channel.

“Palestinians are sick of paying the price for guilty German consciences.”

Germany has a long history of arming and funding Israel.

In recent years, German political elites have stepped up their smear campaigns and repression against supporters of Palestinian rights, slandering them as anti-Jewish bigots.

Israel and its lobby have successfully weaponized German guilt over the Holocaust to such an extent that Germany even opposes the International Criminal Court investigation into war crimes in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

This means that Germany, in effect, opposes the international system for accountability that arose from the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals after World War II.

This all stems from a deeply damaging and misguided belief that virtually unconditional support for Israel’s regime of occupation, apartheid and settler-colonialism somehow redeems Germany for its historic crimes against Jews.

But, in fact, it compounds German complicity and guilt in war crimes and crimes against humanity and demonstrates that German elites have taken no useful lessons from their country’s horrific past.

Watch the video above.

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Ali Abunimah

Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books.

Also wrote One Country: A Bold-Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. Opinions are mine alone.