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    6th March 2008

    GERMAN FUNDAMENTALISTS ARE JUST AS MAD EVIL AS THE REST

    In case you think it is only here in the UK that the credo blooms – “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”, think again.

    Post by Lizas Welt (translated from the German by John Rosenthal)

    View the post as translated here.

    bozemanngermanrapperprobinladen1.jpgWhen an unknown assailant fired four bullets at German rap star Massiv in Berlin in mid-January — one of them grazing the rapper’s right arm — the initial outrage soon gave way to questions. Was the episode really an attempted murder, perhaps the opening salvo in an emerging turf war among rival rappers, or had Massiv staged the attack himself as a publicity stunt? Threats of violence are, in any case, commonplace among rivals in the German rap scene. Among Massiv’s most adamant foes, for instance, is the Stuttgart-based rapper Bözemann [roughly, “Badman”], who likes to appear in the persona of an armed Albanian guerrilla fighter and who makes a point of his Muslim faith, as does Massiv.

    Last summer, Bözemann came out with a “diss” track titled “The Challenge,” the video for which has already been played some 340,000 times on YouTube. The challenge in question is addressed to none other than Massiv. In the song, Bözemann announces, among other things, his intention to chop his enemy’s head into four pieces with an axe. In the video, moreover, one sees him digging a grave for Massiv and setting up a wooden cross next to it. The cross does not only bear the name of Bözemann’s hated rival, but also — as the ultimate put down — a Star of David. The implication is clear and on his MySpace page, moreover, Bözemann has made it even clearer. Thus, last July, the German “Bad Blog” found the following message for Massiv on Bözemann’s page: “HEY MASSIV!! … I JUST WANT TO BOMB YOU AWAY I SH*T ON YOUR FAME AND YOUR LABEL ON YOUR TATTOOS YOUR MOUNTAINS OF FAT YOUR GAY SONGS YOUR GAY VOICE AND YOUR MUSLIM POSING BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY YOU ARE A MUSLIM YOU ARE DEFINITELY A JEW AND YOU’RE DRAGGING THE QURAN THROUGH THE MUD!!!!”

    Following the shooting incident, the video division of the German magazine Spiegel, Spiegel-TV, produced a report on Massiv. The report also featured Bözemann and his hate-filled tirades. Bözemann’s anti-Semitism, however, not only played no role in the Spiegel report; it was outright made to disappear — literally. The scene with the grave and wooden cross from Bözemann’s “The Challenge” video is shown, but the Star of David is no longer to be seen. The producers have obscured it, seemingly according to the motto that “what should not be, cannot be.”

    The pride expressed by Bözemann in the alleged exploits of his grandfather — namely, while fighting with Nazi Germany as a member of the Albanian SS division “Skanderbeg” — was likewise of no interest for Spiegel-TV. “MY GRANDPA WAS ALSO THERE!!” Bözemann has been cited as having written on a “pro”-Skanderbeg division MySpace page, “LONG LIVE THE 21. SS SKB [Skanderbeg] DIVISION!”

    But as observer of the German rap scene Robert Peschke has explained in an interview with the website Hagalil, Bözeman’s anti-Semitism is hardly an exception in German rap anymore:

    … since in recent years the word “Jew” has again become a general purpose insult, precisely among young people. Some German rappers also use the term “Intifada Rap” to describe their music and they see themselves as belonging to a “Generation Jihad.” They do everything they can to adopt the look and tone of Jew-haters. In videos that are accessible to anyone on YouTube, rap fans celebrate Hamas activists and other Islamist terror groups and challenge the right of Israel to exist. In these circles, Osama bin Laden has long since replaced Che Guevara as a symbol of emancipation.

    The Violence Prevention Network is an association dedicated to counteracting extremism and xenophobia in German youth culture. In a recent lecture on anti-Semitic tendencies in German rap, Jan Buschbom of the Violence Prevention Network comes to the same conclusion as Peschke:

    In the so-called “Underground Rap” milieu — which, despite the name, includes genuine hit parade stars like Sido and Bushido and which dominates German-speaking hip-hop — anti-Semitic remarks have become part of the consensus, or, at any rate, they are not perceived as scandalous. In light of the violent imagery, misogyny, sexism, and homophobia that are commonplace in recent German-speaking rap, it seems that hardly any of the young musicians and fans are bothered by the expressions of anti-Semitism. … In German-speaking hip-hop, the Islamist terrorist has become a metaphor for masculinity, toughness, and soldierly virtues. Thus in his rap “September 11,” the Berlin-based rapper Bushido describes himself as a “Taliban”: “I am the terrorist, whom the youth believe in,” he sings.

    Massiv too, who always performs in a keffiyeh and proudly refers to his Palestinian heritage, has similar material in his repertoire. Thus, for example, his tune “Blood Against Blood” contains the following lines:

    My lines are explosives, my hand is on the button! I put a dropkick on your head, your blood doesn’t stop! You all make pop sh*t, the bullet’s coming for you! Let’s stay real now, give me the money and don’t laugh! The climate is too hot, Palestinian heritage! I’m registered as unemployed, but I still buy a Beemer! I don’t stop, as if I were Al-Qaida!

    In “Festival of Sacrifice,” a track in which Massiv “disses” the rap group Shokmusik, he says: “I’m planning a nasty terrorist attack with the Lebanese guy/I’ll be coming at you with a 100-day beard!/The Shokkers get bombed like the World Trade Attack!” And in “Homeland,” which he recorded with the rapper Basstard, he sings the praises of the suicide bomber: the “Shahid, who is born again in Heaven.”

    Extreme misogyny and unbridled homophobia have long been staples of prominent “Aggro-Rappers” (so-named for the record label Aggro Berlin). In his “Zero Tolerance,” for instance, the Berlin-based rapper G-Hot (pronounced “Jihad”) calls for gay men to have “their pricks chopped off.” In the meanwhile, anti-Semitism has been added to the mix, with “Jew” joining “c*nt,” “slut,” and “fag” as standard insults. But Robert Peschke is right to point out that this development is not simply to be explained by the Muslim immigrant background of the rappers: “Not a single German rapper would have enough money to keep his refrigerator stocked, if it was not for the purchasing power of the white middle class kids who buy their recordings. They are drawn to the toughness of the Islamophile German rap and they pay hard cash for it. But they also can get their anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism on offer from ‘white bread’ rappers.”

    The “white bread” rappers in question are presented at length by Jan Buschbom in his lecture. Examples include the Dessau-based rap crew Dissau Crime. On their CD titled Zyklon D: Frontal Attack — an allusion to the Zyklon B gas used in the Nazi gas chambers — one finds lines such as the following:

    To each his own Think about this phrase On the way to the gas of my city Zyklon Dissau

    Or:

    I fire with the flak On the whole Jew pack Zack — I f*ck up this filthy society …

    The album Enzyklonpedia of the Berlin-based group Zyklon Beatz provides another example. Buschbom notes that “hardly any of the classical expressions of anti-Jewish resentment are missing” from the album:

    The anti-Semitic legend of Jews poisoning water sources is used, as well as a slightly modernized version of the myth of Jewish ritual murder of children. Jews are dehumanized, presented as animals, and demonized as devils in human form: “Satan’s crowning achievement,” to which all the evils of the world have to be attributed. The anti-Semitic master narrative of the Jewish world conspiracy is also present in underhanded form: disguised, namely, as criticism of the U.S.A. and Israel, who are supposed to be bent on imposing their economic interests across the globe.

    Whatever the outcome of the police investigation into the Massiv shooting incident, it is clear that all this is not just a matter of harmless verbal “dissing” without real consequences. Buschbom aptly sums up what is more generally at stake: “Within milieus in which anti-Semitic attitudes and prejudice are tolerated as part of the ‘normal’ range of opinions, there will always be a certain percentage of people who are prepared to give a more concrete and tangible expression to their Jew-hatred.” To not want to recognize this fact or even to deny it or suppress it — as, for instance, Spiegel-TV has done in manipulating the Bözemann video — amounts to minimizing anti-Semitism, rather than confronting it as an ideology with potentially deadly consequences.

    Lizas Welt is a Germany-based blogger. John Rosenthal is a contributing editor for World Politics Review.

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    8 Responses to “German Anti-Jew Raps for Bin Laden & AQ”

    1. O A Says:

      This article is not fair from my point of view.
      The rappers mentioned here are not German and don’t identify with Germany as well (So do their fans as well). It is exactly the other way round. The hate native Germans and also threaten them a lot (In their songs and also in real live).
      I lived in Stuttgart (where Bözemann lives) and in Berlin too. In both cities there are areas where it is very dangerous for German-looking young people and they give them the feeling that they are not welcome at all.

      So please don’t confuse these criminals that call themselves “German Rappers” (and their fans) with Germans as this can give people that have never been to Germany a wrong impression.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Aoplogies OA. I just lifted this from the websites referred to. Which nationality are they, if not German, by the way? And if immigrants, why don’t the German websites running the story refer to this?

    2. O A Says:

      by the way, some of these rappers insult each other by calling them “Germans”. So being called “German” is an insult in this immigrant dominated rap-scene as well.

    3. Julie Says:

      B.

      Checked for you.
      The guy is indeed German but of Palestinian origin.

      http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massiv_%28Rapper%29

      Frankly speaking,he looks like an idiot face and his music isn’t any better 😉

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        OA needn’t be so worried. There are criminals everywhere and from every race.

        This report on two rappers who tried to drown a 15 year-old pregnant girl are (I suppose we have to say!) British. Or at least they LIVE here.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1233207/Pregnant-teen-thrown-canal-rappers-plotted-murder-internet-chatroom.html

        Rod Liddle here draws attention to these as part of the ‘benefits of multi-cultural Britain’. Tongue firmly implanted in his cheek presumably.

        http://www.spectator.co.uk/rodliddle/5601833/benefits-of-a-multicultural-britain.thtml

        Personaaly I have other concerns over immigration, of a less “in your face” but perhaps more insidious kind.

      • Oscar Albrecht Says:

        The guy Massiv might have a German passport, but he does not consider himself as being German at all. In almost every song he mentions his pride about being Palestinian.
        And Bözemann (who is against everything that is not Bözemann) is not a good example either. This guy might be one of the most dangerous people running around in Stuttgart. His criminal record is exorbitant. He smuggled automatic weapons from Albania to Germany.

        These guys really misunderstood what hip-hop is all about . .

        • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

          Mr Albrecht,

          We have plenty of people like that in Britain too. Anjem Choudary, for instance, says he owes his allegiance only to Islam, and none to Britain. This idiot was born here and educated here, so he is British by birth, unfortunately.

          But NOT in my book, he ain’t!

          The same goes for these “German” rappers. They are no more German than I am. Oh, actually I might have German descendancy for all I know!

    4. devanov Says:

      anyone knows real-history than this bald man?

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