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    • 06.02.13 | 21:56 (IST)

    To Aliza: The article did not make that entirely clear, but Mr. Tenenbom is in no way a false or "self-hating" Jew, let alone a neo-Nazi sympathizer. He actually is the opposite: an anti-neo-Nazi, pro-Jewish activist. His writings are centered about exposing antisemitism, particularly in Germany. He did this in the past by e.g. covertly joining neo-Nazi meetings in order to document their antisemitic statements, and in this case he went to a neo-Nazi demo and tried to pass off as one of them. His Hitler salute was just a part of his decoy, an attempt to earn their trust and/ or provoke them to do the same. His bad luck was that the neo-Nazis did not fall for his decoy in this recent case, and therefore did not join him in merry Hitler-saluting but instead reported him to the police. That was clever in a twisted way, since German law forbids the use of Nazi symbols for anybody, not just for those who condone them. People have even been in legal trouble for wearing anti-nazi badges with a crossed out swastika, because, well, the badges contained a swastika (they've been cleared by the courts, though). This case is similar. So, while his methods may be debatable, this man is most certainly not the remostest bit anti-Jewish. This article doesn't do him justice by failing to point out this background.

    from the article: Jewish author of 'I Sleep in Hitler's Room' under fire for Nazi salute
    First published 20:13 05.02.13 | Last updated 20:13 05.02.13
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