When It Comes to Israel and Palestine, Germany Needs to Remember Its Commitment: ‘Never Again’ by Agneska Bloch

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On one hand is Germany’s “special relationship” with Israel, rooted in Germany’s “special historical responsibility for Israel’s security,” as German Chancellor Angela Merkel put it in a 2008 speech to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. On the other is the oft-repeated injunction “nie wieder” (never again), a commitment to prevent genocide based on the principles of human rights and the protection of minorities after the Holocaust. Yet the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, which the normalization deals reinforce, and annexation, which they only postpone, are clear violations of this duty.

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