The head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany (CCJG) has attacked the German government for its refusal to totally ban democracy in that country, citing its refusal to become involved in an attempt to outlaw the National Democratic Party as “disappointing and politically completely wrong.”
The outburst by CCJG head Dieter Graumann was carried in a press release on their website, and said the government’s refusal to ban the NPD was a sign of “hesitation and procrastination.”
Graumann’s statement called for a “determined and final action” against the NPD, which, it continued, continues to “spread its brown poison” which was “financed with public money.”
“If, after such a long testing period, the federal government waives the prohibition proceedings, it will be taken as a fatal signal of the weakness of democracy,” Graumann continued, obviously not appreciating the irony of calling for the suspension of democracy in the name of democracy.
“The federal government has missed an opportunity to send a clear and credible signal from a militant democracy,” he said, adding that he hoped that the German Bundestag, or parliament, “will launch a separate application to ban the NPD.”
The public funding to which Graumann referred comes from the fact that the German constitution provides for funding for parties in state and central legislatures with more than 5 percent of the vote.
The NDP has representatives in two state legislatures, and as a result received federal funding of around $1.7 million in 2011.
* The CCGJ was embroiled in a scandal of its own in 1988, when it was discovered that its former head, Werner Nachmann, had pocketed about 33 million DM ($17 million in US dollars at the time) from a German government fund intended for Jewish victims of the Nazis. The money was never found, and nine other CCGJ leaders resigned over similar offenses.