The defenders of Günther Grass claim that his “poem” – “What Must Be Said” – was not an expression of antisemitism, but merely a legitimate criticism of Israeli policy vis-a-vis Iran.
They further claim that what he wrote must be understood within the context of his over-riding fear of nuclear war.
To call him an antisemite is ridiculous, they say, and to declare him persona non grata and ban him from entering Israel is to stifle free speech.
I agree on one point and one point only. Banning him from entering Israel was unnecessary and heavy-handed. One does not ban a celebrated author from visiting Israel merely because he happens to be an antisemite.
And he is an antisemite, make no mistake.
Grass claims his conscience has forced him to speak out now so that Germany should not become complicit in Israel’s future crimes.
“Crimes“? What crimes? To imply, as he does, that Israel is planning on fitting nuclear warheads on submarines purchased from Germany, in order to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Iran, thus wiping out the Iranian people, is monstrous!
To claim that Israel is threatening Iran, when precisely the opposite is true, to whitewash Iranian President Ahmedinajad’s naked threat to wipe “the Zionist entity” off the face of the map as mere braggadocio, to call tiny Israel a threat to world peace whilst ignoring the far greater threat to world peace posed by nuclear powers such as North Korea, Pakistan, and certain former Soviet states – not to mention Iran herself – is indicative, not of a general fear of nuclear war but of an obsession with the Jewish State to the exclusion of all else which can only be explained by antisemitism. Of course, it may be that the distinguished author is suffering from incipient senility. But I doubt it. The man volunteered for the Waffen SS in the closing stages of World War II – a fact he saw fit to conceal for 60 years. You can say he was then only a boy of 17. But, as I wrote in my previous blog, the antisemitic brainwashing received in one’s youth poisons the blood, seeps into the subconsciousness and then surfaces, often disguised as the more Politically Correct “anti-Zionism”.
It is perfectly true that not every criticism of Israel is indicative of antisemitism. But to single out Israel as the greatest danger to world peace, as Grass did, can be explained in no other way.