After attending elementary school and business school in Rahde she trained as a forwarding agent from 1967 to 1969. She graduated from the Bremen University of Applied Sciences in 1973 with a degree in Business Administration (FH). From 1994 onwards she worked in various companies in accounting and worked in the management of the AOK in Herford. From 1993 to 2005, she was chair of the Women's Committee of the DGB. She is also a member of Attac.
Member of the Bundestag
Since 2005, Inge Höger has been a member of the Bundestag. At the 2009 election, she unsuccessfully contested the Herford – Minden-Lübbecke II constituency, but was elected from the North Rhine Westphalia land list.
At the end of May 2010, together with Annette Groth and Norman Paech, she accompanied a controversial international relief convoy in the Free Gaza Movement. In her descriptions, Höger said "We felt like we were in a war, like we were being kidnapped.…Nobody had a weapon." She further stated that:
Later, the Israeli soldiers let us go outside, one by one.…We were checked and our personal belongings were taken away. Then we were handcuffed with cable retainers and brought to the upper deck.…They were obviously looking for weapons. They raided and slashed all the suitcases of all passengers and everything was all over the place.
Criticism of Israel
Höger is noted for her positions against Israeli policies. In 2011, she suggested that Juliano Mer-Khamis and Vittorio Arrigoni, two noted pro-Palestine activists, may have been killed by Israel. Writing on her website, Höger wrote:
"The question one must pose is: Who profits from this terrible crime? First of all, now two of the activists most 'dangerous' for Israel, because they were the most engaged, wellknown and noted, are eliminated".
Volker Beck, a German Green Party MP and spokesman for the party on human rights, said "Inge Höger’s wild conspiracy theory is pure speculation, without any concrete factual basis. ... She employs the centuries-old image of the perfidiously murderous Jews."
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Matthias Joachim, Annette Groth, Norman Paech, Inge Hoeger and Nader el Sakka (L-R) of the left-wing Die Linke party who were on board of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, pose for the media after a news conference upon their return from Israel, at the lower house of parliament at the Reichstag in Berlin June 1, 2010.
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