Meet Germany’s Jeremy Corbyn and Her Loyal Followers

Dec. 31 2015

While the Hizballah-loving Jeremy Corbyn has won the leadership of Britain’s Labor party, Sahra Wagenknecht, one of two leaders of Germany’s hard-left die Linke party, recently made headlines by equating the aerial bombing campaign against Islamic State with the group’s own barbaric deeds. Her opinions are shared by her fellow party members, as Benjamin Weinthal reports:

Die Linke is a formidable force in German politics. . . . This amalgam of West German leftists, trade unionists, and East German communists (including many former Stasi officers) catapulted itself into the largest opposition bloc in the 2013 national election. . . .

Die Linke’s foreign-policy spokesman, the Bundestag deputy Wolfgang Gehrcke, has attended pro-Hizballah and pro-Hamas demonstrations in Germany. He participated in a 2006 rally where “We are all Hizballah” blared from the loudspeakers. Many of the party’s parliamentarians hold views from a catalogue of horrors. Christine Buchhloz, [for instance], supports the “legitimate resistance” of Hamas and Hizballah. . . .

Wagenknecht and Buchholz’s refusal to participate in the standing ovation for . . . Shimon Peres during his Holocaust remembrance speech in the Bundestag was praised by Germany’s neo-Nazi NPD party. [Furthermore], die Linke has a peculiar obsession with fanning the flames of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement in Germany.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Germany, Hamas, Hizballah, Israeli-German relations, Jeremy Corbyn, Politics & Current Affairs

UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Risk Their Lives, but Still May Do More Harm Than Good

Jan. 27 2023

Last month an Irish member of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was killed by Hizballah guerrillas who opened fire on his vehicle. To David Schenker, it is likely the peacekeeper was “assassinated” to send “a clear message of Hizballah’s growing hostility toward UNIFIL.” The peacekeeping force has had a presence in south Lebanon since 1978, serving first to maintain calm between Israel and the PLO, and later between Israel and Hizballah. But, Schenker explains, it seems to be accomplishing little in that regard:

In its biannual reports to the Security Council, UNIFIL openly concedes its failure to interdict weapons destined for Hizballah. While the contingent acknowledges allegations of “arms transfers to non-state actors” in Lebanon, i.e., Hizballah, UNIFIL says it’s “not in a position to substantiate” them. Given how ubiquitous UN peacekeepers are in the Hizballah heartland, this perennial failure to observe—let alone appropriate—even a single weapons delivery is a fair measure of the utter failure of UNIFIL’s mission. Regardless, Washington continues to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into this failed enterprise, and its local partner, the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Since 2006, UNIFIL patrols have periodically been subjected to Hizballah roadside bombs in what quickly proved to be a successful effort to discourage the organization proactively from executing its charge. In recent years, though, UN peacekeepers have increasingly been targeted by the terror organization that runs Lebanon, and which tightly controls the region that UNIFIL was set up to secure. The latest UN reports tell a harrowing story of a spike in the pattern of harassment and assaults on the force. . . .

Four decades on, UNIFIL’s mission has clearly become untenable. Not only is the organization ineffective, its deployment serves as a key driver of the economy in south Lebanon, employing and sustaining Hizballah’s supporters and constituents. At $500 million a year—$125 million of which is paid by Washington—the deployment is also expensive. Already, the force is in harm’s way, and during the inevitable next war between Israel and Hizballah, this 10,000-strong contingent will provide the militia with an impressive human shield.

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More about: Hizballah, Lebanon, Peacekeepers, U.S. Foreign policy