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Israeli Deputy Minister Meets German neo-Nazi Millionaire

Is this meeting one of convenience?

Here is the money quote,

Israel’s embassies in Berlin and Vienna have warned against such contacts. “Even if this is an alleged attempt to create an anti-Islamic European front, some of these elements seek to obtain an Israeli seal of approval without altering their anti-Semitic views,” an Israeli state official said.

The deputy minister said he was unaware of Brinkmann’s problematic connections with Germany’s neo-Nazi far-right movement, claiming this was “irrelevant.”

So it would have been OK if there was an “anti-Islamic European front” as long as they toned down their anti-Semitism? (via. Europeans Against Islamophobia)

Israeli deputy minister meets German neo-Nazi millionaire

Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara met with Swedish-German millionaire Patrik Brinkmann who has ties with German neo-Nazi groups in Berlin over the weekend,Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Brinkmann, who is trying to establish a far-right anti-Islamic party in Germany claims he is not an anti-Semite, however his previous close contacts with the German neo-Nazi party (NPD) and his past membership in another neo-Nazi party raise questions regarding his ideology.

Brinkmann, 44, made his fortune in the Swedish real estate business in the 1980s before becoming mixed in tax problems in his home country. As legal battles were going on he used the majority of his finances for the establishment of two research foundations which became closely affiliated with far-right and neo-Nazi elements in Germany.

The millionaire later began supporting the Pro NRW movement, Germany’s far-right and anti-Islamic party. He declared he fears that Sharia law will be introduced in the country and has pledged to establish a strong German right-wing party. He left the party last year in protest of its anti-Semitism, but resumed membership earlier this year. He now heads the party’s Berlin branch.

Brinkman visited Israel several months ago where he met Kara and announced his intention to promote one of his foundations in Israel. He met the deputy minister again in Berlin over the weekend as part of Kara’s private visit to the city’s World Culture Festival. Several months ago, Kara met with Austrian Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache who was once active in neo-Nazi groups.

Israel’s embassies in Berlin and Vienna have warned against such contacts. “Even if this is an alleged attempt to create an anti-Islamic European front, some of these elements seek to obtain an Israeli seal of approval without altering their anti-Semitic views,” an Israeli state official said.

The deputy minister said he was unaware of Brinkmann’s problematic connections with Germany’s neo-Nazi far-right movement, claiming this was “irrelevant.”

Ynetnews, 4 July 2011

See also Ayoob Kara’s meeting last month with Filip Dewinter of the Belgian far-right party Vlaams Belang.

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  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    It’s not that the Druze are ‘traitors’ or anything like that. It has more to do with how fluid and (ultimately) artificial our questions of identity really are.

    From a religious standpoint, the Druze are Isma’ilis. They are a slightly different school of Shi’a Islam that only recognizes 7 Imams rather than the 12 Imams of Ithna’ashari Shi’ism (the dominant faith in Iran, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, etc). Perhaps surprisingly, the theology isn’t that different. They recognize God, Muhammad (PBUH), Imam Ali, and even Imam Jafar al-Sadiq, the last Imam we have in common, and the founder of Shi’a jurisprudence. Isma’ilis have also developed their own cultural traditions and identity over the centuries (with actually several schisms leading to the Druze in Lebanon and the Bohras and Nizaris in South Asia).

    From an ethnic standpoint, the Druze might be called Arab. They speak Arabic as their primary language, follow Arabic dress and customs, have Arab names. They are pretty much indistinguishable from most other people in Lebanon and Syria…

    The first issue, though, is that ‘Arab’ identity only really kicked in during the 19th and 20th centuries, especially between the Arab Revolt and Nasser’s Pan-Arabism. It meant everyone who spoke ‘Arabic,’ spanning from Morocco to Iraq, was suddenly lumped together despite the differences of culture, geography and history. It’s much the situation in America where all Spanish-speakers are lumped together as ‘Hispanic’. Or if we were to suddenly lump together the United States, Canada, Australia and so forth on the basis of being Anglophone. Sure it fosters some communication but it also creates problems. Many Egyptians, for example, do not think of themselves as ‘Arab.’ Christians in Lebanon tend to identify as ‘Phoenician.’ And so forth.

    The second is that the Isma’ili communities have become rather insular. While outsiders DO marry into the Nizari and Bohra communities – famously both the current Aga Khan and his father married non-Isma’ilis – this is not the case with the Druze. Today it is an entirely ethnic faith; you have to be born into it. They do not accept converts or marry outside the faith. Druze beliefs (generally secret) help this. As I understand it, they do not believe a Druze CAN convert to another religion. They believe they are the literal descendants of Adam and Eve, and that their faith is part of an Old Testament-style Covenant with God.

    So… the Druze are Arabic speakers who don’t call themselves Arab, but they ARE a distinct ethnic community that marries within itself. They also believe in the Prophet Muhammad and the Ahl ul-Bay’t, but they do not generally refer to themselves as Muslim, and some of their beliefs and practices would be considered unusual by much of the rest of the Ummah. Are they Muslim? Arab? Honestly it’s a difficult call. But they aren’t that different from the rest of our brothers and sisters in that part of the world. It has far more to do with protecting themselves and their families. I think that’s part of the reason that the Druze communities in Israel and Lebanon have different political views.

    As Muslims we should avoid defaming other people, especially those who share our culture and belief in God!

    As for South Sudan, that’s a whole other mess entirely. The fact is that they have been historically disadvantaged, much as with many other parts of black Africa. The northern and western Sudan had stronger kingdoms and tribal confederations going back even into the Middle Ages. Sennar, Kordofan, Dongola, Kanem-Bornu, Waddai, Darfur, and so forth. Some like Sennar and Kanem-Bornu were multi-ethnic empires, expanding over vast stretches of land and displacing many people in the process. And (worth noting) at least some of the historical kingdoms in the Sudan were Coptic Christians, and until relatively recently in some areas.

    The Turks (and Egyptians) are really the ones who started to unite what we could call Sudan in the modern sense in 1821. Hence the term ‘Torkiyya’ for that period of their history, though in actual practice Muhammad Ali Pasha was independent of the Sultan by that point. Anyway, the Egyptians tried to create a centralized state in Sudan with mixed results. By May of 1871 the Egyptians were all the way down to Equatorial Africa, and a couple years later they conquered Harar, by the Ethiopian border. Remember, this is the era of the ‘Scramble for Africa.’ The European powers were busy carving up Africa like a Thanksgiving turkey, and the Egyptians felt entitled to part of the colonial adventure, especially given that they had been prevented from overtaking the Ottoman Empire itself by the other European powers.

    Now, this is where it gets confusing. The European powers were, to put it mildly, self-serving bastards. Suffice to say that the British wanted Egypt, and used Ismail Pasha’s debt as an excuse to invade and set up a puppet government. Eventually they seized DIRECT control of Egypt (and correspondingly, Sudan) through a complicated series of events.

    I would challenge George’s assessment that the isolation of South Sudan was because the British wanted to halt the spread of Islam. Much of north and west Sudan was already Muslim by the 19th century and was well-integrated into the trade networks of the Middle East. And, despite the claims of many so-called scholars, Islam continued to spread throughout the 19th century. In fact Samori Touré, founder of the Wassoulou Empire, was a convert to Islam. Islam also made very significant inroads in the Cameroon during the 19th century. So it wasn’t as if the distant European powers prevented Muslims in Africa from going about day-to-day life as usual.

    Perhaps more notably, the British were masters at playing off historical ethnic, linguistic and religious rivalries. Where appropriate, they were more than willing to use local infrastructure to support their rule. That’s why they allowed Muslim sultans and amirs in Hausaland (northern Nigeria) to retain their hereditary titles. The same was repeated in Malaysia, in India (Hyderabad was basically a relic of Mughal rule, to say nothing of the many, many princely states), and elsewhere. So yes, the Brits actually pumped more money, more infrastructure and more soldiers into the north than they did the south. There were already cities there, the Brits had no shortage of people who could speak Arabic, and it was more important in general until the discovery of oil. Only missionaries were interested in southern Sudan. Slavery in the British Empire had legally ended in 1833.

    I think a far more pertinent explanation can be found in the fact that southern Sudan is hostile and difficult terrain to begin with. Malaria, sleeping sickness, all of these things made life difficult in tropical Africa, especially for Europeans who were unaccustomed to these diseases. You’ll notice that the model of colonization one sees in areas like the Americas, Australia and New Zealand were not repeated in Africa (except for South Africa, where you did get a fairly sizable influx of white settlers). Almost the entirety of Africa south of the Sahara is still black-majority today!

    No, my assessment is that southern Sudan suffered from much the same problems that other parts of Africa have. Decades of neglect, exploitation from outside powers (northern Sudan or Europe; take your pick), corrupt leaders, wars for independence, and indigenous diseases like malaria. It’s an unfortunate scenario, and I hate to say it, but I fear that independence from northern Sudan will only make things worse! After all, now they are still open to exploitation from multinational companies (and the bloody IMF) but they have fewer ties to the outside world. Perhaps they will forge strong ties to Ethiopia…

  • George Carty

    Actually, one problem is that South Sudan is one of the most backward places on Earth. The reason for this is that the British Empire deliberately isolated it from the rest of the world out of fear that Islam would spread there.

  • sahra

    I khow that SUDAN had and have lots of problems,but is it wise to break up the country. I have always thaugh that problems are best resolved united not divided.

  • sahra

    STUPITY AT FIRST HAND: guys dont’t take this shit seriously, they are just dogs barking out of emptiness ,because they think somehow that the world is sleeping or are brain death just like them.TELL THEM LOONWARCH THAT THE WORLD IS VERY MUTCH AWAKE AND ARE WATCHING EVERY DROP OF HATE DRIVING LOON.
    BUT more importantly did you know that the biggest contry in africa Sudan have been broke apart,very very sad ,yet another african contry.Can LOONWATCH do a piece for the reason of this break up.

  • Rikard

    Mr Patrik Brinkmann is NOT an antisemist. He speaks very well about Israel and the Jewish people.

  • atm

    the Druze always sided with whoever have the biggest guns. they are professional turncoats.

  • bin dead for awhile

    well said nur.. they were never persecuted they were always prosecuted. big difference, even from waaaaaaaay down here livng in a pineapple under the sea. remove holocaustic … removes the need for a land without people for a people withut land i.e. palestine… dont believe in it. thats the antidote. was watching some doccie on al jazeera just now, lebaneses kids believe the jewish state is the enemy. one brilliant kid said its not a state and never will be. ha. could have kissed her. dump israhell

  • No to zionist racism

    For all the zionist talk and actions of this self hating Druze, he is still a “goy” to them…ie a inferior being born to serve jews according to the Chief Rabbi of israel Ovadia Yosef.

  • Solid Snake

    ^ crap on each other.

    Uhhh is that how it goes?

  • Birds of a feather…

  • Nur Alia

    If we stop repeating the Israeli narrative…that they are the way they are because of the autrocity they suffered in WW2, then this all makes sence.

    Simply, there should be no surprise here that the Israelis will do anything to get land ans water, even side with other ojectionable people to do it.

    This guy is anti Islam, and so are the occupiers and supporters of Zionists. Lets understand that thier goal is exactly the same. The Neo Nazis will be used, just like every other blind supporter by the Israelis to further the narrative.

  • George Carty


    Actually Druze in the Levant are effectively the opposite of Christians in their politics.

    Palestinian Christians are anti-Zionist, while Lebanese Christians have in the past collaborated with the Israelis.

    Israeli Druze (such as Ayoob Kara) tend to be anti-Muslim, while Lebanese Druze are primarily anti-Israel.

  • corey

    or just send them to glados for testing at apreture science and give them wheatly help them through the trouble spots.

  • sahra

    LOL the zion jew meeting the zion christian.I’ve always though this was a match from hell.Are zions jews aware that the zions christians are driving them to the slauther house(a.k.a the apocalypse rapture)LOL.But of course NOT before theys some how manage together to eliminate the mooozlims LOL.
    Tougt job though, wish them luck not…………

  • I was thinking of putting them in a house like they do on Big Brother or whatever that show is called… think it would make good viewing 😀

  • This guy has a colourful history: Can someone tell me why the Druze are so vehemently anti-Arab and anti-Palestine? Aren’t they ethnically “Arab” themselves?

  • corey

    that sounds like somthing from a reality show.

  • mindy1

    ^Good idea Jack

  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; all extremists are the same no matter where they come from. Sure, they disagree over a few minor points but that’s about it. Thankfully however they hate each other more than they hate the rest of us so they, in theory, cancel each other out. Personally I’m all for putting them on an island together so they can slug it out away from the rest of us.

  • mindy1

    Oh good god what’s next?? D: Meetings between the Klan and B’nai Brith??

  • TheBigT

    well its just goes to show you “The Enemy of my enemy is my friend”

  • Ustadh

    The cynical exploitations and manipulations of state craft, that is what I call this. It is all theater. Israel knows damn well what it is doing, and meeting with far-rightist is part of the strategy.

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