For Solidarity with Israel and with the Iranian and Syrian democratic opposition!
Friday, 9 of Juni 2018
The "Quds day” (Quds=Jerusalem in Arabic) is an Iranian national holiday for the destruction of Israel.* The "Quds-Day" was introduced in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian revolution. To this day, this central aim (the destruction of Israel) of the regime has not changed. In Iran, mass rallies are organized by the Iranian regime, and slogans are "death to Israel" and "death to the United States".
In Berlin, circles close to the Iranian regime and the Iranian Hezbollah, Nazis and antizionist Leftists are organizing a Berlin version of the "Quds-March". The demonstration this year takes place in Berlin on July, the 2nd.
It is intolerable that it is possible to march for the destruction of the largest Jewish community in the world - Israel - in the midst of Berlin. Antisemitism is the pivotal point of the Iranian leaders and determines its politics. The Iranian regime continues to threaten Israel with destruction, they go as far as writing “Israel must be annihilated” on their missiles, as happened in March 2016.
The Iranian „Quds-brigades“ are responsible for terror around the world, e.g. by financing and supporting the terror militia Hezbollah in Lebanon. Iran also cooperates with the dictator Assad in Syria and thereby keeps him in power. In Syria the Iranian regime is responsible for the crimes against humanity, which cost the lives of half a million people and ultimately caused millions to look for rescue in Europe.
At the same time Iranian leaders keep on repressing their own people: women, homosexuals, national minorities, critics and people of different faiths are being prosecuted, arrested, tortured and killed. So the so called ‘moderate’ Hassan Rouhani has been overseeing more executions than his predecessor Ahmadinejad. Amnesty International has registered about 1000 executions in 2015, that is the highest number of executions per capita.
Therefore, we find it scandalous that Germany is pushing trade relations with Iran. German top politicians keep on traveling to Iran or host Iranian officials in Germany to stimulate the economy. German politicians did not even hesitate while there was a Holocaust-Cartoon Competition taking place in Iran, hosted by Iranian government officials. Leading Iranian politicians regularly deny that the Holocaust took place.
In our opinion appeasement is not the way to deal with despots. On the contrary: The Iranian regime gets even closer to building an atomic bomb to destruct Israel as well as continue their terror internally as well as externally. We call upon all politicians of the Bundestag and the Parliament of Berlin as well as the civil society to join us in condemning the antisemitic Quds march!
a ban of the antisemitic Quds march in Berlin
a ban of the terror organization Hezbollah
an end to the appeasement with the terror regime in Iran
solidarity with the Syrian and Iranian democratic opposition in exile
solidarity with Israel
* we condemn any xenophobic and racist remarks.
List of speakers (last update: 13th of June 2016)
Frank Henkel, Senator of the Interior and faction leader of Berlin's Christian Democrats
Mark Rackles, Staatssekretär für Bildung, stellvertr. Landesvorsitzender der SPD Berlin
Ulrike Becker, Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin
Dr. Kazem Mousawi, Green Party of Iran
MoP Hakan Tas, faction speaker of Berlin's Left Party for the interior, participation, and refugees
Jochen Feilcke, German-Israeli Friendship Society
Deidre Berger, American Jewish Committee Berlin
Mike Samuel Delberg, Mitglied der Repräsentantenversammlung der Jüdischen Gemeinde zu Berlin
Lala Süsskind, JFDA
Andrew Walde, DGB Berlin-Brandenburg
Philipp Lengsfeld, MoP (CDU)
- Moderator: Izi Aharon, haOlam.de
- Music: DJ Dmnd, Jüdisches Jugendzentrum Olam, Berlin
Against the anti-Semitic Al Quds march in Berlin - for solidarity with Israel and freedom in Iran!
Alliance against the Quds march
Demonstration: July 11, 2015, at 1.30 pm.
Meeting point: Wittenbergplatz
Call for protest against the Quds-March:
Since 36 years the Iranian regime shows its true face at the so-called "Quds day” (Quds=Jerusalem in Arabic). Khomeini introduced this day as an international day of struggle for the destruction of Israel after the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. To this day, this central aim of the regime has not changed.
In Germany, supporters of the regime on the same day also organize marches. At Quds day, the various supporters of the Iranian regime are
unified: Islamists side by side with antisemitic neo-Nazi and anti-imperialists from the left. They all share a common hate of the Jewish state and of individual freedom. Last summer, Quds Day in Berlin was a major focus for the antisemitic marches during the Gaza war.
Antisemitism is a central ideology of the regime. The Islamic Republic refers to its opponents at home and abroad as "Zionist agents" and leads its expansion under the slogan of the "liberation" of Jerusalem. It maintains the "Quds Brigades" who perpetrate bloody terrorist attacks in the name of anti-Zionism worldwide. The cooperation of Tehran's rulers with the Syrian dictator Assad and Hezbollah, the Lebanese terrorist militia created by Iran, is called the "axis of resistance" - against Israel. For Khamenei and his followers, there are no religious or political boundaries, as long as there is agreement in the aim of destroying the Jewish state.
The Iranian regime also oppresses and persecutes its own people: women, dissidents, religious and ethnic minorities such as the Kurds, homosexuals are persecuted, imprisoned, tortured and murdered. Under the smiling president Rohani, who is perceived to be a reformer, there are more executions than under Ahmadinejad. The executions should intimidate all those who long for freedom from theocratic terror. The uprising of Iranian democrats in the summer of 2009 was brutally suppressed, but the protests from Tehran to Mahabad could not be silenced.
Iranians and Israelis are no longer the only ones who are threatened by the state organized terror of the Islamic Republic. In Syria, the Iranian regime is directly responsible for the mass crimes of their ally Assad. The Syrian dictator only holds his position through massive support of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Shiite militias from abroad. Arab politicians and intellectuals sharply criticized this policy of terror. At the same time, Iranian officials are boasting about controlling four Arab capitals (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen).
While the situation in the Middle East is deteriorating dramatically under the influence of the Islamic Republic and its twin brother ISIS, the leading Western powers negotiate with the Iranian regime over its illegal nuclear weapons program. However, there are no substantial concessions by the rulers in Tehran in sight. A lifting of economic sanctions would pave the way for a jihadist nuclear Iran with billions more in its pocket for its policy of terror.
It is a scandal that politicians and entrepreneurs in Germany are preparing a massive expansion of their business with the regime in Tehran, which threatens Israel with destruction, denies the Holocaust and brutally oppresses its own people. The German government, which has stressed its special commitment to the security of Israel just recently during the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, must cease all business with the Iranian terror regime!
We stand for solidarity with Israel, the Iranian freedom movement and all democrats in the Middle East.
We oppose human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran and all forms of antisemitic and homophobic Islamist propaganda.
We call for:
- A ban of the antisemitic Quds march and the terrorist organization Hezbullah
- A ban of all antisemitic demonstrations and public events in Germany
- Strong sanctions against the Islamic Republic
- Deirdre Berger, American Jewish Committee
- Mike Delberg, Jüdische Gemeinde Berlin
- Jochen Feilcke, Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft Berlin und Potsdam
- Klaus-Dieter Gröhler, Mitglied des Bundestages, CDU
- Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, Ambassador of Israel in Germany
- Lukas Krieger, Junge Union
- Dr. Klaus Lederer, Die Linke
- Dr. Kazem Moussavi, Sprecher Green Party of Iran, STOP THE BOMB
- Reinhold Robbe, Präsident Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft
- Ulrike Sommer, SPD