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DEPUTY MAYOR OF FRANKFURT SEEKS TO BAN ‘DEEPLY ANTISEMITIC’ BDS

 

The deputy mayor of Frankfurt, Uwe Becker, submitted a bill on Wednesday that would ban municipal funds and space being used for activities that aim to boycott Israel.

Becker, a leading German political voice against antisemitism, said, “The BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] movement with its messages uses the same language the National Socialists once used to express: ‘Don’t buy from Jews!’”

The boycott movement targeting Israel is “deeply antisemitic and should have no place in Frankfurt,” he said.

The proposed law would outlaw all public funding and space for the support of “antisemitic BDS activities.” The bill in Frankfurt, which has a population of nearly 733,000, would also urge private companies to refrain from commerce with BDS groups.

The deputy mayor spearheaded his Christian Democratic Union’s adoption of its anti-BDS platform at the party’s congress in 2016.

Becker said on Wednesday, “Frankfurt maintains, with its partnership with Tel Aviv, a special closeness to Israel and has continued to expand over the previous years this special relationship.”

The municipality said in a statement that Becker announced Frankfurt’s clear position against BDS in light of anti-boycott measures taken by other national and regional legislatures, including Munich’s.

Becker said BDS, at its core, is a movement that “delegitimizes the State of Israel and uses the method of a boycott to defame [Israel].” He cited BDS actions to intimidate artists who want to appear in Israel.

He also noted the boycott activities of “department store police” who stigmatize Israeli products in order to pressure stores to turn against the Jewish state.

Anti-Israel activists have over the years marched into stores in Bremen, Bonn and other German cities to single out Israeli goods for opprobrium.

Becker said his city is engaged for a peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Last week, Becker wrote on his Facebook page: “With the rising terrorism in Europe, more and more people start to understand the situation that Israel has been facing since David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the independence of Israel on May 14, 1948. This rising awareness should also open the eyes of the people in Europe to see that it is up to us to support Israel, as it is the only democratic country under the rule of law in the Middle East. Israel is the democratic bridge between Occident and Orient and is linked closely to our European values and virtues and way of life.”

He continued, “This year marks a decade of suffering for the people in Gaza. No, not from Israeli policy, as many people in Europe might think. No, people in Gaza suffer from a lack of freedom, from a lack of democracy, from the brutal rule of Hamas, which is betraying its own people and has been governing Gaza since Israel withdrew in 2005 and Hamas took over power in 2007 after fighting between Hamas and Fatah. The corrupt leadership of Hamas has received hundreds of millions of dollars in the past decade, but the money has not gone to the people, but to the accounts of corrupt Hamas leaders and to the funding of terrorism and terrorist infrastructure in their fight against Israel.”

Becker further said that “there should not be any European tax-money funding terrorism. And as long as it is not possible to track where our tax money meant for the humanitarian aid in Gaza goes, we should freeze our financial support.”

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Germans Now the MINORITY in Frankfurt

More than half of residents living in the German city of Frankfurt have a migrant background, according to new statistics.

Figures show 51.2 per cent of people living there are either non-German, German citizens born abroad or Germans who are the children of immigrants. The city’s secretary of integration Sylvia Weber said: ‘We have minorities with relatively large numbers in Frankfurt but no group with a clear majority.’

Turkish migrants are the largest non-German minority that are settled in Frankfurt, accounting for 13 per cent of the population. A further 61 per cent of residents who were born abroad have come from other countries within the European Union. The vast majority of immigrants had a legal and ‘consolidated’ status of residency.

The statistics were revealed in a 200-page document titled ‘Frankfurt Integration and Diversity Monitoring’.  The report was designed to provide a grounding for the city to better respond to inequalities in areas like employment, education and housing. ‘The trend is clear. We are a city without a majority,’ added Ms Weber.

Image from an article entitled “The New Germans”

The report also shows disparities between immigrants and German – with 49 per cent of non-Germans falling below the poverty line, compared to just 23 per cent of original native citizens.  Immigrants are also less likely to be in work, with just 73 per cent of non-German men and 59 per cent of non-German women being in employment.

The data shows that 83 per cent of native German men are in work – as are 78 per cent of native German women. It comes after a book published last year predicted that native Germans would soon be reduced to a minority in Frankfurst, Augsburg and Stuttgart.  The German cities would join others throughout Europe that have already seen immigrant numbers overtake natives, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva and London.

The book, titled Super-Diverstiy: A New Perspective on Integration, criticised politicians’ calls for migrants to inegrate.  The authors criticised politicians’ calls for migrants to innegrate, arguing: ‘In practice the result of these calls to assimilate is that an increasing number of citizens with a migrant background feels excluded and unwelcome.’