As part of an escalating dispute between Zionist extremists and the pro-Palestinian movement, vandals have attacked Germany’s most famous exhibition of contemporary art, defacing the site with graffiti threatening H&D writer Isabel Peralta. Far from intimidating Miss Peralta or H&D, these death threats perfectly illustrate the contradictions that have overtaken once-allied movements of International Zionism and the ‘multicultural’ Left. The attack occurred earlier this week at documenta – an exhibition that takes place every five years in the German city of Kassel at the Fridericianum, one of Europe’s oldest museums, which for more than thirty years has been dedicated to ‘contemporary art’. While Kassel is best known as the home of the Brothers Grimm – archetypal chroniclers of German folk tales – this documenta festival was intended from its inception almost seventy years ago as a celebration of modernism and a rejection of national-socialism. It was founded in 1955 by an ‘anti-nazi’ artist and teacher – Arnold Bode, who set out to celebrate those artists who had been ‘forbidden’ or discouraged during the Third Reich.
Bode curated the first four documenta events but since 1972 a committee of experts has appointed a different artistic director each time. The 2022 event – the fifteenth in the series held every five years – is directed by ruangrupa, a ‘contemporary art collective’ based in Indonesia. However, months before the exhibition was due to open, Jewish lobby groups began to attack these Indonesians for their support of the ‘Boycott Divestment and Sanctions’ movement (BDS) that seeks to isolate the State of Israel for its increasingly brutal treatment of the Palestinians. The attack was focused on one of ruangrupa‘s partners in the exhibition – the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, which is Palestine’s leading artistic organisation. As in the UK, Zionists and their support network in Germany have sought to demonise and criminalise the BDS movement, in the latest of their usual manoeuvres to portray victims as culprits. Several meetings have been held between leading German Jews and (((Claudia Roth))), a politician from the Green Party who is now Culture Minister in the federal German government, having overall political responsibility for major artistic events such as documenta. Zionist commentators in the German media had been very critical of Ms Roth but were becoming more confident that their lobbying was having effect. However the violent wing of the Zionist movement has now jeopardised this ‘progress’ by taking matters into their own hands and physically attacking the exhibition a month before it is due to open. Late last Friday night or early Saturday morning, burglars from this Zionist faction broke into the building in Kassel where the exhibition is being prepared. On the walls of the building they sprayed the number ‘187’ (typically used in ‘rap’ and graffiti ‘culture’ as a reference to Section 187 of the California Penal Code, i.e. murder) and the name ‘Peralta’.
German police and journalists all assume that this referred to Isabel Peralta, the young Spanish nationalist now writing for Heritage and Destiny who was controversially banned from entering Germany two months ago. Isabel has attracted controversy since February last year when she spoke at a memorial for the Division Azul, Spanish volunteers who fought alongside German forces against Stalin’s Red Army on the Eastern Front after 1941. She has also spoken out against the Spanish government’s failure to control immigration, and has addressed demonstrations in support of the embattled Palestinians. It seems clear that the Zionist vandals were intending to threaten both Isabel Peralta and the pro-Palestinian groups involved in organising the documenta exhibition. To his credit, the Mayor of Kassel quickly denounced the attack: “Having discussions about documenta ifteen is one thing, wanting to intimidate artists with criminal offences goes far beyond what is acceptable.” [continued]