Racial profiling is not a means to fight sexism

Or: What we can learn from Israel

Since the Islam-fascist terror has been causing terror in Europe as well, the slogan "fight sexism" has become more and more popular "Learning from Israel" . The people there have been exposed to such terror for years. Since the young Israeli soldier Elor Azari was found guilty of manslaughter by the Israeli military court, the slogan has gained a specific human rights meaning.

Azari shot an already injured Islamic knife assailant lying on the ground, who had previously seriously injured another soldier. Azari’s statement that he feared that the assassin might also attack him with a knife was rejected as a protective claim. The soldier was found guilty, although there was much sympathy for him among the Israeli population, not only in right-wing settler circles, and even some politicians of the right-wing conservative government joined in the call for acquittal.

But the decisive evidence for the soldier’s guilty verdict was a video of a Palestinian man showing Azari shoving the head of the Islamist lying on the ground. What is often not mentioned: The non-governmental organization B’tselem, which provides the Palestinians with cameras to document attacks by Israeli soldiers or settlers, is considered by the Israeli government and also by many conservative media and institutions to be one of those NGOs funded by foreign countries, not least by the EU and Germany, that is responsible for an anti-Zionist agenda.

Thus, the Azari verdict is also a vote of confidence in a controversial and frequently attacked NGO. The verdict makes it clear once again that such critical NGOs are the litmus test for a democracy and with its video the so often criticized organization B’tselem has played an important role here. Without the video, there would probably not have been the verdict, which sends the signal that even in times of "Knife Intifada", when in Israel the fear and insecurity was particularly gross, a shot to the head is and remains a crime. It also shows that the end does not justify all means.

Accepting racial profiling as it is?

In the past Koln New Year’s Eve there were no head shots. No one was seriously physically injured. But according to the human rights organization Amnesty International (AI), the actions of the security authorities on New Year’s Eve in Koln and other cities constitute a violation of human rights.

"The actions of the security authorities on New Year’s Eve in Koln constitute a violation of the ban on discrimination enshrined in the German constitution. Amnesty calls for an independent investigation", says an AI statement. There, Amnesty’s German police and racism officer, Alexander Bosch, begins by stressing how important it was that the police prevented the sexist attacks of last year. But then he gets to the point of criticism:

At the same time, it is also the task of the police to protect people from discrimination – and the Koln police ignored this task. Hundreds of people have been surrounded and controlled simply because of their actual or presumed North African origin. The most important decision criterion of the police officers has been the characteristic of amed origin: Each person whom the officers amed to be a North African was led to a separate area, many of them had to hold out there for hours, according to media reports. The Koln police operation is therefore a clear case of racial profiling. In doing so, the police violated treaties under international and European law and also the prohibition of discrimination enshrined in the German constitution.

Alexander Bosch

Fight against racial profiling has a long tradition

In fact, the fight against racial profiling has been one of the activities of organizations in which black people in Germany and other countries have been involved for years. They have been increasingly supported in this by anti-racist groups. It has been a tough, but not unsuccessful job.

In 2012, Johanna Mohrfeldt and Sebastian Gerhard showed how racial profiling was part of normal police work in Germany, too. Only more recently have human rights organizations made recommendations to the police on how to prevent or at least minimize such a practice.

Therefore, it is a setback for these efforts of a possibly low-discrimination police work, if now openly not only in media of the right a practice of racial profiling is openly talked about. In the world, the controversial term Nafri is also declared harmless. This is just a shortcut in police work. It is only a matter of time before other terms that many of those affected by it have called discriminatory are so officially returned to everyday officialdom. Unofficially they never disappeared.

Now the justifiable exaltation over the sexist attacks of Koln is being used to drag down hard-fought progress in the field of anti-racism. The shitstorm that descended on Grunen chairwoman Sabine Peters when she dared to criticize the Koln police operation made it clear once again that in certain times it can be at least politically dangerous for an opposition politician to do her job.

In the Taz, domestic editor Daniel Bax has once again reminded us that criticism of racist police controls should be a burger duty. Here, too, one could hear the slogan "Learning from Israel" Spend. Just as, at the height of the knife intifada, the video made possible by a controversial NGO helped make legal history, the criticism of racial profiling takes on special significance the moment it is applied en masse.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *