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25/06/2019
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Threat on Life of Journalist Critical of Israel


AUTOR:  Anis Hamadeh, 19 November 2006


The Zurich-based research journalist Shraga Elam received threats on his life in telephone calls. On November 16 and 17 he was repeatedly called by a man unknown to him. The stranger, who speaks German with a Russian accent, finally left a message on Elam's mobile mailbox. The audio file with the content of the 25 seconds long message was sent by the journalist to some networkers who forwarded it to the German press and to other networkers. The translation of the message is: "Hello Shraga, why don't you pick up your mobile phone? Henryk M. Broder Brigades have sentenced you to death. In the entrance of your house (address) you will be shot dead, like Politkowskaja, swear word, traitor". The Russian journalist and critic of the government Anna Politkowskaja became a victim in a hired killing in October. Shraga Elam's audio source is here with the editorial office. As the threatened reported there was a frontdoor bell ring later on, but he did not answer.
 
Shraga Elam, author of "Hitler's Forgers" and co-author of "Switzerland at the pillory. Banks, bosses and the Nazis", is an advocate of the one-state solution in Palestine/Israel. He is active in the peace movement and a critic of the Zionist policy. Without exaggeration, one can say that he is dedicating his life to work for a time without violence in international politics. Journalist Henryk Broder, who lives in Berlin, has several times polemically dealt with Shraga Elam on the internet. It is true that Broder is not responsible for people who claim to speak in or with his name, and yet Broder's aggressive utterances fuel a climate in which incidents like the one documented above almost appear like a consequence, for Broder uses to justify the targeted killings of human beings in Palestine, in Lebanon and elsewhere in public. In this way, the frameworks of Middle Eastern conflicts are being transferred to us in Europe.
 
Alarmed networkers have been warning of the overzeal of self-declared anti-Semitism hunters for years, but the public has not yet approached this phenomenon, probably in fear of getting into a conflict of values. When there are similar threats from violent Islamist bigots the newspaper report about it, maybe even with background information about the aims and plans of the underlying ideology. Our freedom of press is in danger! people will say, and: our journalists are threatened, because the other side does not comply with the democratic rules according to which one has to bear criticism and not react with violence. - It is time to talk about limits. Intimidations are beyond the democratic limits, even if they are carried out in the name of "battling anti-Semitism". Here the public is required to keep the policy of collateral damages and liquidations from entering our culture. Here a broad front is necessary.


Source : www.anis-online.de/1/ton/32.htm
URL of this article : http://www.tlaxcala.es/pp.asp?reference=1579&lg=en
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