Criminal complaint against an anti-Semitic hate-site / Limits of the Network Enforcement act / Need to reform

The WerteInitiative – jewish-german positions has filed a criminal complaint against the operator of the website “”. We have further informed and been in consultation with the federal commissioner for combatting antisemitism, Dr. Felix Klein, and the anti-semitism commissioner at the Prosecutor’s Office Berlin, Claudia Vanoni, who are also involved in this case. For said purpose we had handed over our detailed research files to the prosecutor. The proceedings were stopped.

In the course of our political work we were made aware of the website “” In their own words, the purpose of the website is to call out “anti-white traitors, agitators and subversives” by name and run a kind of public database on them. The listed persons are sorted by field of activity and country.

The site is also explicitly anti-semitic, because it wants to show the “Jewish influence” in the world. It lists Jews by name and marks them with a yellow star of David in front of their name. The website lists activities as well as alleged or actual relations of the individual persons and organizations amongst each other and wants to thereby show, how much influence Jews allegedly have behind the scenes- also in Germany.

A site like this poses a direct threat with incalculable consequences for all named persons – but especially for the specially labelled Jews. In its entirety it fills the offense of sedition (acc. to German Law).

In addition to the criminal complaints of individually affected Jewish Germans who are of those listed on the website, the “WerteInitiative”, being a civic association of Jewish Germans with a wider outreach into the Jewish Community, wants its complaint to add an additional institutionalised weight to the concerns. We want the page to be blocked – at least in Germany, and the operators subjected to criminal prosecution, if possible.

Furthermore, after many months of gaining experiences with the German “Network Enforcement Act”, we find that it has to be revised and amended. We are not only concerned with the individuals affected by hatred and hate speech, but we also need to, from a Jewish perspective,  render our coexistence more secure for the general public and to clearly counter forces that are disrupting our society.


Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
we are a Jewish-German non-profit organization acting as a civil Jewish voice in German federal politics and society. Having read about your code of conduct in regard to postings that deny the Holocaust, it is important for us to emphasize three aspects:

We understand that the situation is very different in each part of the world. In Germany the situation is absolutely clear: each and every person who denies the Holocaust knows what he or she is doing. Kids learn that at school. Everyone who denies the German massmurder of our ancestors has a specific political intention to do so. Such statements are not covered by the freedom of speech, because they are forbidden by law. So you offering your platform for such use is legally  highly problematic.
What you say counts. You are a celebrity and highly respected by many people. You showing a sensitivity towards Holocaust-denial on the one hand and nevertheless deciding to value the “right to get things wrong” higher on the other hand, sends a fatal message to those who like, believe and even worse, who share and multiply such fake facts. 
Do you want Facebook to be part of sharing fake facts, intentionally or not? Sharing fake facts concerning Holocaust denial also fosters and encourages people who intentionally spread such statements, and who could easily excuse themselves afterwards with “I got it wrong” –  but still the fake facts are out there to be multiplied. You also reach a lot of young people. We believe, the decision of taking Holocaust denial postings off the Facebook platform is definitely a matter of (moral) responsibility, and you should stand to this responsibility.

German and European Jews face an increasing amount of antisemitism which gets more and more violent. This makes us especially alert to any political, social and cultural development which can promote such negative tendencies.

We would be happy to discuss this matter in depth with you or one of your representatives.

To be transparent: we publicise this e-mail and will also do so with your answer (any individual contact-details will be deleted)

Best regards,

Dr. Elio Adler
Vorsitzender der WerteInitiative – jüdisch-deutsche Positionen
Chairman of ValuesInitiative – Jewish-German positions

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Unterstützer unserer Positionen zur Bundestagswahl 2017

Die WI distanziert sich hierbei ausdrücklich von rechten Unterstützern wie der AfD und ihren Wählern.

Dr. Thomas Feist
Jens Spahn
Michaela Engelmeier (Unter Ablehnung rechter Mitunterstützer, wie z.B. der AfD.)
Roderich Kiesewetter
Dr. h.c. Albert H. Weiler
Prof. Dr. Patrick Sensburg
Xaver Jung
Thorsten Frei
Cornelia Seibeld
Ali Ertan Toprak
Zemfira Dlovani
Ali Yildiz
Justus von Widekind
Erol Özkaraca
Marcel Luthe
Diana Schnabel
Ulrich Sahm
Daniel Alter
Prof. Dr. Roland Hornung
Alexander Fürst zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Gerd Buurmann
Rachel Hinterthan-Nizan
Axel H. A. Holst
Ronahi V. Chaker
Michael Braun
Dr. Saskia Ludwig
Junges Forum der Deutsch-Israelischen Gesellschaft
Sharon Adler
Sven Heina
Frederieke Köhler
Heike Loanah Wienbürger
Peter Beichel
Dr. med. Hiller Ines
Frank Meyer
Rainer Grahlen
Jörg Wünsche
Dr. Wolfgang Hintze
Christiane Leimbach
Dr. Dr. Peter Kaulen
Boris Iosiovitch
Ralf-Udo Ohlms
Tatjana Seidler
Isi Meller
Uwe Weiß
Jutta Peters
Michael Partin
Carmen Sachs
Björn Loeser
Markus Pelikan
Daniel Killy
Hartmut Peschke
Markus Springer
Gerrit Schwedler
Ilana Brenner
Beate Otto
Horst Matouch
Michael Rubin
Dagmar Knade
Dr. rer.nat. Aron Rosenthal
Michalis Avramidis
Ursula Wojciechowski
Bernd Fiebiger
Marianne Brener
Hanna Schwotzer
Wilfried Schwotzer
Uwe, Steinberg
Bettina Wagner
Caroline Schenkenbach
Sigmount Königsberg
Stephania Sand
Evamaria Dutschke
Sabine Gräf
Dimitrius Berger
Lara Kost
Herta Haberthaler
Anja Bukschat
Klaus Schröder
Erich Kaiser
Ulrike Landt
Lars Borggreve
Michael Bock
Erhard Koch
Jürgen Vosseler
Wolfram Soldan
Tobias Fehrenbach
Werner Stutz
Ulrike u. Michael Dierks
Elisabeth Lahusen
Dr. Michael Entezami
Edeltraud Kahl
Alexander Pojarov
Sascha Bruch
David Rodriguez Edel
Dr. Otmar Spies-Sonn
Klaus Fesefeldt
Hans-Dieter Nieke
Manfred Krüger
Manasse Röll
Sandra Kreisler
Theodor Ramminger
Dr. Elisabeth-Christine Heun
Musa Ergin
Christiane Klein
Gerhard Kern
Ralph Pechmann
Heino Otten
Daniella Rivkin
Viktoriya Limbach
Klaus Mayer
Monika Joachim
Michael Joachim
Michael Hickman
Anna May
Dirk Hallmann
Gunda Pietsch
Maja Blonstein
Christian Steinbacher
Karlheinz Jörg
Allika Milshteinmm
Kay Bittmann
May-Angele Burke – Boz
Bernhard Zibell
Nici Milnitzki
Sabine Georg
Dr. Andreas Friedlaender
Olaf Feig
Vered Zur-Panzer
Dr. Marius Marcoviceanu
Henryk Fridmann
Barbara Heilmann
David Schiller
Uri Bruck
Lars Krüger
Ingo Hildebrandt
Anja Schilling
Günter Winterscheidt
Dr. Bernd Schuller
Richard Meusers
Ferry Suarez
Perdita Suarez
Helga Müller-Haufe
Brigitte Büttner
Rita Goutkin
Siegfried Joisten
Bettina Federlein
Britta Shulamit Jakobi
Johannes Wendlinger
Aleksander Gelba
Annedore Wittum
Bea Servay
Martina Petri
Babett Bartkowiak
Frank Letzner
Klaus Mickus
Gabriel Berger
Dorothea Plonka-Kuiper
Esther Zuenti
Dr. rer. nat. Amelie S. Zapf
Andrea B. Reuter
Thomas Barnloher
Keren Padan
Dani Padan
Miron Drewiacki
Anne Ziegler
Ruth Franzen
D. Kähler
Klaus – Jürgen KALLAUCH
Westerheide, Adolf
Thomas Ulmer
Horst Gerdemann
Ruth Baeumler
Wilhelm Schulten
Gabriella Meros
Karl Kramer
Julian Deterding
Julian Deterding
Manuel Oliver Brandt
Wolfgang Witiko Marko
Walther Zinck-Sonntag
Dr.Simon Reich
Hans Michael Wittkowski
Martina Wendel
Ulrike Buschmann
Kai Mekschrat
Dipl.- Med.Kerstin Genzow
Elisabeth Hilbert
Dr.phil. Dr. theol. David Berger
Simone Janas
Susanne Lambertz
Ingo Joschua Skoneczny
Dr. Manfred Kießling
Jean Hoffmann
Gerd König
Immo Czerlinski
Günther Gräber
Siegfried Grossmann
Frank Märtin
Jens Bernsdorf
Wolfgang Stradner
Gernot Lodemann
Eduard Kinsbruner
Birgit Kim
Sara Galander
Krstan Herbert Hannemann Wolfsson de Wilhelm Montségur
Silvia Brückner
Wolfgang Witiko Marko
Manuela Petzoldt
Thomas Raue
Gerhard König
Sabine Maehnert
Jörg Haller
Margherita. Sommerlad
Wadim Kanevsky
Kai Gildhorn
Ingo Way
Esther Berlin
Thomas Frost
Anne Kaltschmidt
Swen Zacharias
Uwe Scholz
Ursula Prem
Bastian Schitkowsky
Karin Monsees
Christoph Flegel
Bettina Knust
Jörg Kumler
Andy Vix
toni ferro
Ruth-Monika Spicker
Egon Bernhardt
Eric Bingener
s. amend
Robert Cohn,
Jürgen-Peter Szameit
Birgit Engel
Gerd Ziehl
Maurice Philip Remy
Uwe Hora
Maria Ossowski
Diana Spies
Dr. Alexander Dittmar
Ina König
Erika Konradi
Ina König
Martina Jülich
Kathrin Schmidt
Oliver Liedtke
Karin Geldenbott
Jürgen Utrata
Carola Labrenz
Thomas Franke
Benhamini von Löwesach
Katja Krouppa
Hauke Hintze
Alice Mehrer
Karen Heuges
Andrea Leidel
Christoph Thinnes
Günther Harries
Anne Zielisch
Veronika Paulmann
Tobias Hübner
Dr. Thomas Grote
Julia Spinola
Thomas Haller
Heidi Schvarcz
André Bibo
Sebastian Altmann
Angelika Zipporah Aram
Bernd Duerrwald
Martin Schau
Jan Zippel
Lothar Hilbig
Adolf Göttker
Angela König
Eliana Drach
Milana Kogan
Christine Strauch
Christiane Limburg
Alexandra Ahmadi
U. Rosen
Karl Reitschuster
Henny Jahn
Andreas Taubert
Misha Spyke
Dr. Manfred Stein
Sabrina Schneider
Sabine Ergezinger-Dettmeier
Sebastiaan Liethoff
Juia Liethoff-Boltianski
Steffen Wolf
Karl Kramer
Michael T. Benker
Olaf Gallos
Eduard Spritzmann
uwe kleinschnittger
Hubert Ludwig
Doris Balzer
Monika Ludwig
Bärbel Witzel
Gabriel Juri
Stefan Kretschmer
Florian Kohlweg
Christoph Kössmeier
Jan Wohlfahrt
Carsten Tergast
Hans-Jürgen Wilhelm Kläske
Frank Meyer
Mirko böhnky
Dvora Lubnecki-Bock
Dr. Richard Auer
Robert Baranj
Kurt Engel
Heinz Heß
Roie Mercazi
Ute Engelmohr
Jörg Harmening
Marianne Langenbach
Rebecca Wasowicz
Daniela Burkart
Alexander Klich
Armando A. Simon-Thielen
Bernhard Joachim Weidenbach
Anat Bleiberg
Brita Gelius
Frank-Christian Hansel
Monika Petry
Gabriele Borchert
Patricia Derlin
Cristiano Morais Monteiro
Cornelia Maimon Levi
Bernward Boden
Matthias Düwel
Neli Pavlovic
Judka lisker
Matthias Mittag
Saskia Stein
Barbara Kashi
Klaus Friedl
Hermann Bredl-Sealtiel
Hartmut Neuhaus
Hela Schandelmaier
Barbara Mehlgarten
Dieter Eckert
Andrea Lauser
Maria Schneider
Christoph Seite
Ritter johann
Bianca Siegreich-Bischof
Max Privorozki
Oliver Wetzel
klaus m. wilhelm
Jörg Müller
Ingo Illbruck
Caren Rothmann
Michael Henne
Dr. Barbara Schwindt
Sonja Gabriel
Dr. Tore Langholz
Michael Schulze
Michael Schmidt
Rostyslav Zolotkovskiy
Sabina Stefan
Chris Wrobel
Martina Schröder
Tomasz Kulbacki
Manfred Goretzki
Mario Malcher
Maximilian Schulz
Melanie Philippsen
Burkard Schulte-Vogelheim
Eliana Stern
Ramon Weber
Dietmar Selbach
Hans-Jürgen Schmutzler
Katharina Günther
Hermann-Josef Merting
Christine Haberland
Sebastian Finsel
Eva Schwis
Hanna Bonnyai
Nafiz Ozbek
Nicola Elisabeth Greive
Dr. Naftali Neugebauer
Patricia Krombach
Eberhard Koch
Tobias Gienow-Elsner
Dennis Giebert
Caterina Cin
Prof. Dr. Frank Niebuhr
Wolfgang Roth
Chantal Walter
Stefanie Galla
Lars Jönsson
Tilman Ludwig
Peter Handrick
Walter Majewski
Alon Lurie
Harriet Kontny-Romich
Rüdiger Winter
Eva-Maria Böhner
Berthold Richter
Markus Durchlaub
Karsten, Bellin
Senger, Claudia
Janiec, Sandra
Schwab, Elisabeth
Rupprecht, Peter
Bartel, Friedemann
Iranyi, Daniel
Reppe, Gerd-O.
Manuela Rohde
Eckert, Helmut
michael, wilding
Schulten, Wilhelm
Fischer, Silke
Würth, Andreas
Joder, Richard
Neubauer, Tim
Domagala, Andre
Seldner, David
Boldt, Andreas
Burkard, Elisabeth
Löw, Claudia
Thimm, Gabriele
Pinkawa, Andreas
Angela, Balge
Schönfisch, Norbert
Dub, Siwan
Dub, Sharon
Dub, Jeannette
Dub, Hanuš
Kobschätzky, Hans
Sperber, Eckhard
Kowalke, Sebastian
Clemens, Nemann
Dost, Evelyn
Meyer, Stefanie
Scholze, Dirk
Volke, Ingrid
Kai, Schirmer
Will, Hans-Joachim

Jewish News Service in regard to 19.12.2017

“German politicians were careful to say the right words and honor the victims,” Adler said. “They don’t have a defiant kind of attitude that you would find in Israel. It’s more about, ‘We have this burden to carry and we’ll carry it.’”

While the government officials spoke of mistakes that were made, with Berlin Mayor Michael Müller asking for “forgiveness” for the oversights that enabled the 2016 attack, Adler would like to see these words backed by action. He is also uncertain how the government will crack down on the aggressive anti-Israel protests throughout Germany in response to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

“They are not prepared for Islamist protests just like they were not prepared for Islamic terror,” Adler said, though he and other Jewish community leaders and commentators are acknowledging that they have seen some improvement in official responses to the recent protests.


Jewish positions on elections of the German Bundestag (Federal Parliament) 2017


1.     Free and democratic “Leitkultur”

The values which decisively shaped the German Basic Law (constitution equivalent), the traditions and conventionalities are Judaeo-Christian and have led to a free and democratic guiding culture. Everyone living here, who accepts this guiding culture is part of society. Society enables the individual to freely fulfil their personal needs and carry out their personal goals, as long as these do not oppose to others, society or the law.

We would like Germany to be part of a vital European Union.

2.     The state as a neutral constitutional state

It is the state’s role to protect this free, democratic “Leitkultur”. This task also entails guaranteeing external, internal and social security for its citizens. We have great trust in the constitutional state and its ability to balance between security and maintaining individual civil rights and liberties. The constitutional state should be defensive. Those who do not accept its guiding culture should be sanctioned, or – if possible – expelled from the country.

The constitutional state’s strength depends on three components: 1. being in the possession of sanctioning mechanisms, 2. these mechanisms being known to the addressees and 3. the credible application of these mechanisms.

The state should maintain its division from religious institutions. No religion should have separate prayer rooms in public buildings and – apart from religion classes – no exceptions should be made from the curriculum in public schools.

3.     Jewish religion

There has been Jewish life in Germany for more than 1500 years. Judaism is part of the German culture and the federal state fully supports its continued existence and its prospering within its guiding culture. German Jews see themselves as loyal German citizens and call Germany their home. As per self-definition, Judaism does not have a missionary tendency and has no aspirations to change social interaction.

4.     Israel

Many Jews deem Israel their spiritual home. The special bond between Germany and the democratic Jewish State of Israel is based on history; today it is, however, mainly characterized by the shared values of both democracies as well as the similar social, economic and security issues in both countries.

We expect Germany to provide Israel with solidarity and support in the peace process and to understand that fulfilling the Palestinian wish for self-determination must not lead to further threats of Israel’s security. Apart from radical Islamic groups, Iran is the biggest threat for Israel and the free world; it should be met with strength and not with appeasement.

5.     Treatment of political Islam

The increasing influence of Islamic organisations and associations which want to give the religion a political dimension or whose values are not consistent with the Basic Law is not only worrying for Jewish Germans.

The state should apply more stringent criteria for cooperation and support. Organisations, associations and mosques, which do not unconditionally stand behind democracy and human rights should be prohibited, closed and if necessary, prosecuted. Treaties can only be concluded in line with strict provisions. Financial and directional influencing by foreign governments of German organisations and groups of people should be strictly prohibited.

6.     Prevention of “collateral damage”

In the course of safeguarding against political Islam and dismantling parallel societies, it is necessary to resolutely enforce the principal of equality before the law. There must not be any lawless areas. However, this must not lead to inappropriate levelling down.

a) Circumcision & Shechita

Jewish circumcision and kosher slaughtering (Shechita) are constituting components of Jewish religion. Their conditions and circumstances are sufficiently governed already.

b) Dual nationality

Albeit there being many reasons why a person should only have one nationality, in certain cases, holding two nationalities should be possible. Such cases should be judged carefully . Historically speaking, Jews are connected to several countries. Such sound judgement would be advisable in the case of e.g. German-Israeli citizens. Individual assessments should also take into consideration legal and technical reasons.

7.     Anti-Semitism

Rightly so, the battle against classic anti-Semitism (e.g. economic, political and journalistic conspiracy theories) are political consensus. “Criticism of Israel”, “anti-Zionism” and the “BDS movement”, characterized by double standards, however, are the same form of hatred in a different guise. There should be no room for this. Therefore we call for prevention through education and information and condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents and statements.

8.     Radicalism

Any form of division of society should be counteracted. We find the spreading of hatred vis-à-vis dissidents and minorities – as well as the contempt of some for the social form of our free-democratic coexistence – intolerable.

We demand that the established democratic parties and our government take on these problems.


On our own account: The listed signatories to the position paper were involved in its creation on different levels and are deeming these postion as a common expression of opinion. They are known to the initiators. The acceptance as supporter took place without evaluation and was possible until the moment of receipt of the last partisan response.


List of signatories followed by a list of supporters: see German version.


Ahead of election, German Jews set forth policy demands for societal integration

With Germany’s federal election approaching and the future of multiculturalism seemingly hanging in the balance, German Jews are raising their voices and making it clear to politicians what kind of society they expect them to foster.

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