German Neofascists Have Longstanding Ties to Palestinian Terrorists—and to BDS

At present, discussions of contemporary anti-Semitism often focus on a distinction between anti-Semitism of the far left and of the far right—sometimes devolving into debates about which poses a graver threat. An examination of the career of Karl-Heinz Hoffmann, one of Germany’s most well-known neofascists, suggests that the distinction might be far blurrier than is usually assumed. As Sam Izzo writes, Hoffman’s paramilitary organization, the Hoffman Military Sports Group—founded in 1974 and banned in 1980—had a long history of cooperation with Palestinian terrorist groups, to which it supplied secondhand vehicles:

Hoffmann’s initial connection to the Palestinians was likely through Udo Albrecht. Albrecht was a German freelance criminal who fought with the Palestinians in the 1970 Black September uprising in Jordan against King Hussein, leading a militia of neofascists called the Freikorps Adolf Hitler. Sometime in the late 1970s, Albrecht introduced Hoffmann to Abu Ayad, a senior officer in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). . . .

At times, German neofascists directly aided Palestinian terror attacks. For example, Der Spiegel revealed in 2012 that two German neofascists, Willi Pohl and Max Abramowski, aided Black September in the Munich massacre [of Israeli athletes] in 1972 by transporting the terrorists and helping them acquire passports.

[C]onnections between the European far right and Middle Eastern terror groups persist. In 2017, a delegation of the German far-right party Der Dritte Weg (The Third Way) met with Hizballah in Lebanon. The Jerusalem Post later revealed that Hizballah and the Assad regime had a joint PayPal account with Der Dritte Weg, linked to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. While PayPal shut down the account in January 2019, this did not end the relationship. . . .

Using the language of liberation from foreign “occupation,” today’s alt-right, neofascists, and Middle Eastern extremists seek to rid their countries of what they see as a rootless global liberal hegemony while looking backward toward an idealized ancient past, which they hope to achieve through radicalization and terrorist violence.

Read more at Tablet

More about: Anti-Semitism, BDS, Fascism, Germany, neo-Nazis, Palestinian terror

Hizballah Is Learning Israel’s Weak Spots

On Tuesday, a Hizballah drone attack injured three people in northern Israel. The next day, another attack, targeting an IDF base, injured eighteen people, six of them seriously, in Arab al-Amshe, also in the north. This second attack involved the simultaneous use of drones carrying explosives and guided antitank missiles. In both cases, the defensive systems that performed so successfully last weekend failed to stop the drones and missiles. Ron Ben-Yishai has a straightforward explanation as to why: the Lebanon-backed terrorist group is getting better at evading Israel defenses. He explains the three basis systems used to pilot these unmanned aircraft, and their practical effects:

These systems allow drones to act similarly to fighter jets, using “dead zones”—areas not visible to radar or other optical detection—to approach targets. They fly low initially, then ascend just before crashing and detonating on the target. The terrain of southern Lebanon is particularly conducive to such attacks.

But this requires skills that the terror group has honed over months of fighting against Israel. The latest attacks involved a large drone capable of carrying over 50 kg (110 lbs.) of explosives. The terrorists have likely analyzed Israel’s alert and interception systems, recognizing that shooting down their drones requires early detection to allow sufficient time for launching interceptors.

The IDF tries to detect any incoming drones on its radar, as it had done prior to the war. Despite Hizballah’s learning curve, the IDF’s technological edge offers an advantage. However, the military must recognize that any measure it takes is quickly observed and analyzed, and even the most effective defenses can be incomplete. The terrain near the Lebanon-Israel border continues to pose a challenge, necessitating technological solutions and significant financial investment.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Hizballah, Iron Dome, Israeli Security