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The Oldest Hatred
For Most Germans, Fighting Anti-Semitism Seems Unimportant
At a rally in Munich earlier this week, religious and political leaders denounced recent attacks against Jews and displays of anti-Semitism that have swept Germany. Some fear that anti-Semitism is moving from the fringe to the mainstream, driven in part by the Gaza conflict, reports Deutsche Welle:
“The old hatred of Jews – it’s here again,” said Charlotte Knobloch, adding that the Middle East conflict is currently just a pretext for many to vent their anger against Jews. Knobloch is the President of the Jewish community of Munich and the Upper Bavaria region. The 82-year-old survived the holocaust, and says she is shocked about the open anti-Semitic slogans shouted in German streets and about the fact that the German population has been keeping silent. . . . “People curse at us, they insult us, they threaten us and physically attack us.”

In France, too, mobs have shouted “Death to Jews!” and ransacked Jewish shops and synagogues. In the town of Wuppertal, in western Germany, a barrage of molotov cocktails rained down on the entrance of the local synagogue on Monday night. In almost daily demonstrations in Berlin, some protesters have gone from expressions of solidarity with Palestinians to overtly anti-Semitic chants and songs. “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come on out and fight on your own,” was the refrain during a rally last week. The German police at first stood silent during all this, but now appear to be cracking down. One person has been arrested for shouting “Heil Hitler,” and the cops in Berlin ordered rally organizers to announce a new set of rules. No burning the Israeli flag. No shouts of “Death to Israel.” No more anti-Semitic songs.

Some gentile Germans are rallying in support of the country’s Jewish community. But not many. Writing in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest newspaper, Detlef Esslinger lamented that the Munich rally, which was supposed to be a display of solidarity across ethnic and religious lines, turned out to be something different. Far fewer people showed up than organizers expected. Most were Jewish. A Catholic bishop took the podium and announced he was “here on behalf of the Catholics in our country.” The rest of German Catholics apparently deemed it unnecessary to make an appearance. Similarly, Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt said the majority would rise up in support of the Jews ”if it is necessary,” the key word being ”if.”

Esslinger writes that if there is one positive conclusion to take from the disappointing lack of solidarity with German Jews at the Munich rally it is that most of the country considers Jews essential to the national community and and thinks it is unnecessary to overemphasize this point. But as the attack on the synagogue shows, overt displays of anti-Semitism aren’t as rare as they should be.

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  • Duperray

    Old demoniacs are always latent, ready to be revitalized as soon as a “prophet” throw hatred on a given class of population. German and French Officials shall be blamed for no-action. “Qui-ne-dit-mot-consent” (who shuts up agrees).
    To-day Jews are targetted.
    Also when abroad Christians are slauthered, no one in West reacts…
    But one muslim is molested, the entire media break lose.
    Conclusion: Europe is now muslim or islamic.

  • Corlyss

    The Germans are more than delighted to off-load the mantle and the epithet “Nazi” on someone else. They ain’t too particular who it is. It does add a soupçon of irony that they get to do it on the survivors of their predations on their own once-robust Jewish community.

  • lukelea

    Until we get some honest reporting about the percentages of Muslim immigrants vs. Europeans taking part in these anti-Semitic demonstrations it is hard to know what to make of them. Mightn’t the reluctance to make this distinction lie behind the reluctance of these European societies to condemn them more forthrightly? And the eagerness of certain American sites — this one for example — to condemn these “European” societies as well?

    • Breif2

      “Mightn’t the reluctance to make this distinction lie behind the reluctance of these European societies to condemn them more forthrightly?”

      What is that supposed to mean?

    • Rick Johnson

      Spot on. That is the key question. If it is the long term locals who are becoming more openly anti-Semitic that is an entirely different issue to more recent arrived Muslim voicing Muslim Brotherhood hatreds.

      Lets not let the Left getaway with another of its falsehoods of blaming the West for what is a non-Western issue.

  • jburack

    I will offer my own theory on all this. For centuries, Jew hatred rested on a presumption not of Jewish inferiority, but on a fantasy about the Jews being powerful, devious and sinister. The Holocaust led the world to adopt the view of the Jew as a helpless victim led to the slaughter by the millions. For several decades, the mantra “never again” was mouthed, at a time when it was not necessary to actual worry about the possibility. The Jew was on his knees and weak, so feeling bad for him was to be indulged in. But the Jews, in the meantime, got strong again, with their strong state of Israel – that “neighborhood bully.” Now the world can relieve itself of its lingering guilt and return to hating the powerful and sinister Jew, a demon never actually exorcised in either the European or Muslim world. Everyone else can have a powerful state, that’s normal. But the Jews? Heavens, no. So Israel, doing what every other nation on earth would do in its place, seems to them a monster. The reason it seems so is that the old anti-semitism never went anywhere. It is still endemic and still utterly unacknowledged. The Jews must be tamed if they are to be tolerated. But if they are strong, they will be hated – until some real day of real self-awareness dawns. It has dawned in America, but Europe and the Middle East look down on America and think they are above it, when in fact they are not even close.

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