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.
At the same time, the Trump administration is readying further possible sanctions on Venezuela, the official said.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro attends a military exercise in Maracaibo. (photo credit: MIRAFLORES PALACE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
WASHINGTON, Feb 8 – The United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela’s military urging them to abandon leader Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him, a senior White House official said.
The Shalva Band following their final performance on “Rising Star.” Photo: Screenshot.
The Shalva Band has removed itself from the race to represent Israel in this year’s Eurovision competition because some of its members observed Shabbat and would not be able to partake in mandatory rehearsals, The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.
The group, made up of eight musicians who have special needs, was one of four finalists in the “Rising Star” singing contest — the winner of which will represent Israel in Eurovision, set to be held in Tel Aviv in May.
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As Birthright Israel reaches its 700,000th participant, certain voices in America have done their best to slander the organization and force it to make drastic changes. Having staffed multiple Birthright trips as a madrich (youth leader), I have had the amazing opportunity to pass on some of the love for Israel that helped change my life.
Local police in Manchester’s Whitefield neighborhood declared the vandalism a criminal act rather than antisemitic.
Protesters hold placards and flags during a demonstration, organised by the British Board of Jewish Deputies for those who oppose anti-Semitism, in Parliament Square in London, Britain, March 26, 2018.. (photo credit: HENRY NICHOLLS/REUTERS)
The Philips Park Jewish cemetery in Manchester, England, was vandalized on Saturday, during which the tomb of Rabbi Yehuda Zev Segal, who died last year, was desecrated.
Protestors call for the severing of diplomatic ties with Israel during a march in Cape Town. (photo credit: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS)
A proposed multi-million dollar deal between Israel’s Central Bottling Company (CBC) and South Africa’s biggest dairy producer Clover could be in serious trouble due to heavy pressure from the anti-Israel lobby.
Newly-formed consortium Milco, in which Israel’s Central Bottling Company (CBC) holds a majority, is offering to buy 59.5% of the South African dairy producer.
We need to give the Likud Party some credit for not destroying itself in Tuesday’s internal elections. Given that primaries are the very embodiment of deal-making, political machines and big worker unions voting in lockstep, the results could have been far worse.
When it came to casting a secret ballot, the Likud Party’s registered voters did display some maturity. They weren’t the obedient foot soldiers of Benjamin Netanyahu, who has failed again and again in his machinations.
With elections barely two months away, the greatest challenge facing Israel’s Right emanates neither from the Center nor the Left, but, rather, from within.
Indeed, if recent polls are accurate, several small parties on the Right, most of which may not individually pass the minimum threshold to make it into the next Knesset, could nonetheless win a combined total of 10 to 12 seats, all of which would end up in the dustbin if they fail to run together.
August 2017, white supremacists marched in Charlottesville shouting, “Jews will not replace us”. October 2018, one white supremacist posted on social media that “Jews are taking over the white house”, and that Trump is a puppet of the Jews. Shabbat, the same month, a man enters a synagogue during a Bris celebration and butchers Jewish people who are praying. December 2018, Women’s March leader and Louis Farrakhan (“I’m not an antisemite, I’m an anti-termite”) fan, Tamika Mallory says: “White Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy…”
Henry Ford devoted his life to two passions: making cars and demonizing Jews. When Hitler said, “I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration,” he wasn’t referring to his car manufacturing. He was referring to Ford’s anti-Semitic ideology that eventuated in the genocide of six million Jews.
Henry Ford does not deserve to be honored. The question the good people of Dearborn should ask themselves is: What would you do if the performing arts center were named after Jefferson Davis? If the answer is that you would remove Davis’s name, then you should remove Ford’s.
It was reported recently that the USA and the Taliban have reached a peace agreement on Afghanistan that will allow US forces to leave that country 17 years after they invaded it on October, 2001, less than a month after 9/11.
Al Qaeda had used that dysfunctional state as a safe haven and, while there, was able to plan and execute the attacks that took the lives of over 3000 people in. After the West invaded, the Taliban