A “kippah rally” in Berlin in April expressing solidarity with Germany’s Jewish community. Photo: Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch.
Antisemitic incidents in Germany rose by more than 10 percent in the first six months of 2018, a report from the federal government to the country’s parliament published on Friday disclosed.
Across Germany, police arrested 401 offenders for antisemitic provocations, including violence and verbal abuse, between January and June — a 10.7 percent increase on the same period in 2017.
Of particular concern is the capital, Berlin, where 80 incidents were reported. In one of the more well-publicized episodes, an Israeli citizen who was walking through the German capital on April 17 while wearing a kippah was attacked by a gang of Muslim youths.
The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, told German news outlets that the numbers were “upsetting but not surprising.”
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“The rise in antisemitic offenses confirms the reports from members of our community about increasing hatred of Jews in everyday life,” Schuster said.
Concern about the continued growth of antisemitism in Germany resulted in the appointment in April of a federal commissioner, Felix Klein, to tackle the problem head on. About 100,000 Jews live in Germany, a community swelled in recent years by the arrival of thousands of young Israelis.
On Friday, Klein declared that the latest antisemitic incident figures were “only the tip of the iceberg.”
“Antisemitic abuse and antisemitic attitudes have spread unacceptably in Germany,” Klein said.
One of the more contentious challenges facing Klein is clarifying the number of incidents involving Muslim protagonists. Critics of the government have frequently charged that its methods for gathering and classifying antisemitic crimes in Germany have underrepresented Muslim involvement in attacks on Jews.
The latest numbers again show that the large majority of attacks were carried out by right-wing extremists. Of the 80 incidents in Berlin, the daily Taggespiegel reported, eight were ascribed by police to a “foreign ideology,” while a further three were classified as “religious ideology” — indicating that the crimes were committed by Islamists.
In the southern state of Bavaria, Germany’s largest — where 43 antisemitic incidents were recorded between January and June — local officials warned against a rise in vigilantism by Neo-Nazi groups.
In Munich, Würzburg, Augsburg and other cities, far-right groups with names like “Soldiers of Odin” have mounted “citizens patrols” to intimidate migrants and other foreigners. Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria’s interior minister, claimed earlier this week that the neo-Nazis were exploiting fears among the broader population over crimes committed by immigrants, particularly those involving sexual harassment and violence against women.
We all know that the midterm elections are different this time around. They are usually like “all politics,” namely local. But this time around they’re different. They are all presidential, all about Trump, as most everything is. And for the anti-Trump crowd — I’m talking about the political commentators and “analysts” — any and all things bad are held to be Trump’s fault. This is presumably because they believe that their condemnations of Trump will result in a Democrat takeover of the House of Representatives.
A new book explores how graffiti artists in Beirut skirt limitations on expression to share political criticism in the streets.
A photograph of the book “Drawing Lines” by Tamara Zantout, taken at the launch of the book at Beit Beirut cultural center, Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 25, 2018.
BEIRUT — Beirut’s alleyways and streets are peppered in bright, detailed and provocative graffiti. Street artists use the medium, which exists in a legal grey area, to express their identity and give voice to political frustrations.
On Tuesday, San Francisco will become the largest city in the nation to allow noncitizens to vote, and the city has spent $310,000 on a “new registration system” specifically aimed at illegals. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the plan is the first in the state and follows Proposition N, a 2016 ballot measure allowing votes by noncitizens over the age of 18, reside in the city, and have children under age 19.
By the count of the Chronicle, only 49 noncitizens have signed up to vote on Tuesday, which works out to $6,326 for every illegal voter, but there’s more to the story. City officials are worried that voting could expose illegals to ICE, who might come looking and possibly deport somebody. So supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, a backer of Proposition N, urged the city to spend $500,000 to warn the illegals.
At first Sabbath service after massacre, shooting survivors are blessed; rabbi says to those who condemned Trump’s visit: ‘No one tells me how to welcome a guest in my own home’
On November 3, 2018, a joint communal Shabbat prayer service at Pittsburgh’s Beth Shalom Conservative synagogue following the massacre a week prior which saw 11 Jewish community members killed. (Amanda Borschel-Dan/Times of Israel)
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — A week after an anti-Semitic shooter massacred 11 worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, the community embraced each other in prayer on Saturday.
IS EUROPE RETURNING to the horrors of the 1930s? In an assessment typical of the moment, Max Holleran writes in the New Republic that “in the past ten years, new right-wing political movements have brought together coalitions of Neo-Nazis with mainstream free-market conservatives, normalizing political ideologies that in the past rightly caused alarm.” He sees this trend creating a surge in “xenophobic populism.” Writing in Politico, Katy O’Donnell agrees: “Nationalist parties now have a toehold everywhere from Italy to Finland, raising fears the continent is backpedaling toward the kinds of policies that led to catastrophe in the first half of the 20th century.” Jewish leaders like Menachem Margolin, head of the European Jewish Association, sense “a very real threat from populist movements across Europe.”
IS EUROPE RETURNING to the horrors of the 1930s? In an assessment typical of the moment, Max Holleran writes in the New Republic that “in the past ten years, new right-wing political movements have brought together coalitions of Neo-Nazis with mainstream free-market conservatives, normalizing political ideologies that in the past rightly caused alarm.”
We’ve been told for a long time that the ceasefire is on the way. It had many names in the past, such as tahdiah, hudna, and most recently—”an arrangement.” On Friday, once again, reports started emerging that an agreement has been reached. Several hours later, southern Israel was hit with a barrage of rockets. What happened?
And He said, “You will not be able to see My face, for No Human Being shall see Me and live.” — Shemot 33:20
Faith is deeper than knowledge. While scientific data is absorbed only in the brain, faith permeates all parts of the human personality. Nothing is untouched, all spiritual limbs quiver, and everything is transformed. It is thus more difficult to acquire faith than knowledge, and faith has a more radical effect on the human being.
A Catholic archbishop recently touched on an unspoken but highly subversive phenomenon: How anti-Christian forces exploit Christian teachings to empower those who seek to dismantle Christian civilization, Muslims being chief among them.
In an interview published last summer by the Italian outlet IlGionarle.it, Catholic Archbishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan said:
The King of Jordan, not some lowly clerk, announced that Jordan will not extend the currently existing leases renting two parcels of land to Israel. One is the so-called Island of Peace in the northern Naharayim area and the other located in the southern Arava, near Tzofar, an agricultural cooperative village (moshav). Jordan was entirely within its rights to decide not to renew the leases