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Meet the Press (4): Henryk M. Broder
An Online Reflection by Anis Hamadeh, 2006
Chapter 3

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Chapter 3: Faked Interview: Erwin Al-Tuffaahi - An Approximate Ending

- Faked Interview: Erwin Al-Tuffaahi -

Faked Anis: Hello Erwin.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Hi
Faked Anis: Did you read the Broder story?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Yeah
Faked Anis: And?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Well
Faked Anis: Well what?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: It stirs up old memories.
Faked Anis: Because of: "When you write to me it is your own fault?"
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: It was a phase!
Faked Anis: Of course. Nobody blamed you.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: It had been the title of my homepage.
Faked Anis: Hm.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: We had lost everything.
Faked Anis: What exactly had been the matter back then?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Well, you already mentioned it, in the first chapter of the Broder satire.
Faked Anis: The poisoned apples in the wholesale department.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: The entire apple industry of Southern Myr broke down.
Faked Anis: People ate pineapple.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: They made US responsible, how idiotic!
Faked Anis: Why idiotic?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Because nobody would damage himself like that.
Faked Anis: Sounds plausible.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Never could we have had an advantage from it.
Faked Anis: That's true.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: But there were influential rumors.
Faked Anis: The thing with the scorpion and the river?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: In a way.
Faked Anis: That made you angry.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: People called us irrational.
Faked Anis: What happened next?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: The apple growers, the cider vintagers, the apple puree people...
Faked Anis: Yeah
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: The pluckers and packers, the dried fruits dryers
Faked Anis: The apple chips producers
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: The juice-makers!
Faked Anis: The apple-peels-to-the-animals-feeders
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Then the depending branches. And all their families...
Faked Anis: What was their fate?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: The got unemployed. Nobody ate apples. Nobody!
Faked Anis: There had been those articles by some of you in the newspapers...
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Some of us became angry.
Faked Anis: Which is understandable.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Well, some exaggerated.
Faked Anis: Also understandable.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Well, they QUITE exaggerated.
Faked Anis: I see.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: I realized that myself in a way.
Faked Anis: You had this homepage then.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: And a sentence similar to the one of Mister Broder.
Faked Anis: Well okay, but this is a completely different context.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: It certainly is. Only the feelings are similar.
Faked Anis: Really?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Moreover, I attracted all kinds of garbage.
Faked Anis: You mean the feedback?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Some people wrote to me: shit on the whole apple industry...
Faked Anis: Really?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: ...and the pear industry with it!
Faked Anis: It will have frustrated you.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Back then, I felt affirmed: everybody hates us.
Faked Anis: What do you think about Broder?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Well, I like him.
Faked Anis: Is that so?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Except what he does to the Palestinians and to people like Erhard. But he does not notice that.
Faked Anis: Did you read what Abi Melzer wrote about him?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: He is looking for something new.
Faked Anis: It was devastating.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: He published it himself, the guy wants change.
Faked Anis: This man?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Of course.
Faked Anis: I would rather run naked through the center of Bagdad than publish something like that about myself.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Yeah you! But he is different.
Faked Anis: Yes, I noticed that in the meantime.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: It is his way to express himself.
Faked Anis: Like calling German courts "the heirs of the Freisler company"?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: But that's nice. Is he not right?
Faked Anis: I beg your pardon? Or insulting a judge.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: But that's funny. Is he not right in some things?
Faked Anis: There are things where he is far away from the point.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: But this was not my question.
Faked Anis: And why do you like this guy?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: I don't know. Just because.
Faked Anis: I did not think that this faked interview would take such a course.
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Well, your own fault.
Faked Anis: And why is that?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: If you write it like that.
Faked Anis: Oh man, how can I publish this?
Erwin al-Tuffaahi: Well...

(July 5, 2006, also see "Faked Interview (11): Erwin al-Tuffaahi":

- An Approximate Ending -

(July 8, 2006) How might somebody feel who is afraid of peace? Will he not always have to incite the war in order to not reach the vicinity of peace?

Let's come back to Norbert Blüm one more time. On the mentioned page
www.henryk-broder.de/html/tb_bluem.html, which lays out the humorous correspondence between Blüm and Broder, there also is a photo of Herr Blüm. What surprises me about it is that Broder chose a unfavorable photo. I mean, as Herr Blüm accepted the game, one could respect that in the choice of the photo without making any concessions regarding the argumentation.

Concerning Broder, it seems to me that the relevant issues about him are covered now. Of course, one could further analyze the material at hand and write pages about it. But I don't get paid for that. Erwin al-Tuffaahi may be right in that Broder is looking for change, I am just not too convinced that he will find change. And if Broder does not want to talk about the past, then there is nothing left for me to do on this site except for some supplements.

First my regards to the Palestine Working Group at the Uni Mainz who organized the Rupert Neudeck lecture. Especially to Eyad, for had he not phoned me that day I would have missed to attend.

Then Erhard Arendt told me that he created small cat sculptures. So when you see the light objects in your search for a Christmas present for your aunt watch out for cats, too. We do not want to forget what the cause of the present satire was.

Interesting is the Wikipedia page about Broder. Differently from normal Wikipedia pages this one is blocked for changes. It consists of a positive account of the person, a kind of monument. In former times such a thing was called hagiography, today it is called encylopedia.

Then I promised to take a look at the "Axis of Good". Yesterday, b. wrote a new entry, here: www.achgut.de/dadgd/view_article.php?aid=2732&ref=0. I was wrong, though, when I presumed that the "Axis of Good" is about something substantial. It is, in fact, the same idea as everywhere else, with the same provocative pose: "Ever since the Jewish rebellion against the Roman occupation in the year 73, ending with the fall of Masada, until the rebellion of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943, the Jews have for 187o years obediently and without resistance accepted to be killed. (...) Then, the Jews still had politeness and manners. But then they decided to step out of history and to not be available as victims anymore. Since that time they strike back when they are attacked, sometimes even before the attack." In some way Broder made it to include mentioning me in this context. In this way he tries to provoke and to get attention, so that he can go on and on with it. This is boring. Why should I attend his always repeating navel-gazing? There are more important tasks waiting for me. The Flowers Debate, for example, that is Meet the Press 3. Israel Shamir's book is far more rewarding than the Broder drama.

By the way, an acquaintance outed himself as a "critical Broder fan" in the time of the satire. He polarizes so nicely, was the reason the acquaintance gave. Of course, the acceptance of violence and double standards can be called a polarisation, if one wants it so. I dare doubt, though, that this is a value. Hitler also polarized, so this fact alone does not suffice. The articles of Henryk M. Broder reflect an ambivalent attitude towards violence and they often are damaging as they approve and call for violence in the context of a Jewish identity, like in "The Jewish State must show rigor". Broder has no vision, no aim, he only has weapons and pain.

Do notify me if there is something new about Broder, then I can write another chapter. But only if it is something new. I think this is not to be expected in the near future.