Palestinian Terrorist Organization Fielding Candidates in Germany
A Palestinian terrorist organization is going to be allowed to field candidates in Germany’s upcoming parliamentary election.
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), an Iran-backed terror group, is an officially designated terror group according to both the European Union and the United States, yet, that won’t keep them from campaigning for seats in the upcoming German elections in September.
The Jerusalem Post first reported:
The German Interior Ministry declined on Tuesday to bar the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine from campaigning as a political party in the September general election to the Bundestag. The PFLP has been designated by the EU and US as a terrorist organization. A spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry told The Jerusalem Post a party’s entitlement to run is “not dependent on the assessment of politics or candidates.”
The spokeswoman said, “candidates from parties and candidates in Germany cannot be banned or allowed by the Interior Ministry in Germany,” adding that the federal election committee determines the registration of candidate lists. The PFLP is running on a joint list with the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany…
The ministry said, “The organization PFLP is not a party in the meaning of Article 21 of the Basic Law [Germany’s constitutional law] party laws and cannot campaign [independently] in the election.”
Asked about a letter from MKs from Yesh Atid and German lawmakers urging Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to ban Hezbollah and the PFLP in Germany, the spokeswoman said she will not comment on the facts of the case…
Volker Beck, a Green Party Bundestag deputy who co-signed the letter to de Maizière, told the Post on Wednesday that the Interior Ministry has not addressed the concerns of the letter. “The problem is that a terrorist organization [such as the] PFLP can do what it wants and how it wants because it is not banned.” This leads to an absurd situation where the PFLP can participate in an election, he said. “The Interior Minister must finally issue a ban of the PFLP in Germany,” said Beck.
As reported by Fox News, the PFLP is not your run of the mill hate group—maybe if it were, Germany would have already moved to shout it down:
The PFLP has been linked to numerous terror incidents, including a series of multiple-plane hijackings in the 1970s and the killings of numerous Israelis over the years. In 1997, according to Legal Insurrection, the group also hijacked a Lufthansa plane in an unsuccessful attempt to liberate Germany’s left-wing Baader-Meinhof terrorists.
More recently, the group was linked to the Juen death of a female Israeli police officer in Jerusalem, German newspaper Die Welt reported.
Germany’s reluctance here is astonishing, and might be due to the ever increasing anti-Israel stance among nations associated with the EU, where groups, whose specified goals are annihilating the Jewish state, are routinely given a pass in European political circles. It could also signal another example of acceptance of and appeasement towards ideologies embraced by immigrants and refugees from pre-dominantly Muslim countries that continue to pour into Germany, which current Chancellor, Angela Merkel, says she has no plans to check.
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