Israel National News interviewed me briefly on my waving an Israeli flag at a rally in Berlin last weekend, after German police had warned us not to do so. My account of this rally is here. “American Islam Scholar Defies German Ban on Israeli Flag,” by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz for Israel National News, October 9 (thanks to all who sent this in):
INN: Why did you and a group ostensibly dedicated to preserving European culture from Islamic conquest come equipped with Israeli flags?
Spencer: “The group members generally seemed to recognize that Israel is on the front line of the same global Islamic jihad that threatens Europe and the United States, and all free people.”
INN: How did others in the group react to the police demand to conceal the Jewish state’s flag?
Spencer: “They reacted with indignation, and a determination to keep the Israeli flag flying.”
INN: Was there actually any trouble as a result of your “provocation” with the Israeli flag?
Spencer: “No. When I came close to the counterdemonstrators while holding the flag, I was pushed back away from them by police. They said something to me in German, but I don’t speak German. That was all.”
INN: Did you feel the demand to conceal the flags was anti-Semitic on the part of the German authorities, or mere cowardice in the face of thugs?
Spencer: “It seemed to me to be the latter. Of course, that cowardice enables and abets the thugs’ anti-Semitism.”