Maybe they should hide in the attic?

A few readers alerted me to this story, but I was going to blog about it anyway:

The German government’s anti-Semitism commissioner has urged Jews to avoid wearing skullcaps in public.

Wear the yellow star, don’t wear a yarmulke. I wish these Germans would make up their minds about how Jews should dress.

Felix Klein warned Jews against donning the kippa in parts of the country following a rise in anti-Semitism.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin said the recommendation amounted to “an admittance that, again, Jews are not safe on German soil”.

A sharp increase in the number of anti-Semitic offences was recorded by the German government last year.

So what’s driving this rise in antisemitism? Where did it come from?

Mr Klein suggested “the lifting of inhibitions and the uncouthness” of society could be behind the spike in anti-Semitic crimes.

What inhibitions have been lifted in Germany over the past decade that might cause previously mild-mannered folk to go out Jew-bashing? Now the uncouth part I can well believe, but Mr Klein is being awfully coy about where that comes from. As is the BBC:

Jewish groups have warned that a rise in popularity of far-right groups is fostering anti-Semitism and hatred of other minorities throughout Europe.

Since 2017, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has been the country’s main opposition party. AfD is openly against immigration but the party denies holding anti-Semitic views.

Oh, it’s the far-right, is it? According to the Jerusalem Post:

According to the interior ministry, right-wing extremists committed 90% of the 1,800 incidents in 2018. The real number of Islamic-animated antisemitic attacks in Germany is not well documented due to authorities characterizing Islamic antisemitism as right-wing antisemitism.

That’s handy: define all antisemitic attacks as being right wing and then blame right wingers for an increase in antisemitic attacks. Back in January 2017 I wrote about this story:

A regional court in Germany has decided that a brutal attempt to set fire to a local synagogue in 2014 was an act meant to express criticism against Israel’s conduct in its ongoing conflict with Hamas.

A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city’s Bergische Synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.

Those pesky right wingers, eh? Sorry, I must go. I’m in the kitchen now and I’ve just heard a noise from next door…

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7 thoughts on “Maybe they should hide in the attic?

  1. There was recent(ish) article in die welt about antisemitic attacks in Berlin that put the numbers at about 30% far right about the same far left and the balance recent migrants

    Even that admitted that it probably overstated the far right’s number because all the unknown motive ones were lumped into far right.

  2. Yes, I saw that BBC article yesterday. What with the general point about “uncouthness”, and the references to AfD, I had images of Aryan street-fighters roaming about looking to finish Hitler’s work.

    So I thought I’d click on the link in that same BBC article called “Berlin anti-Semitic attack caught on video”. Those AfD types should be easy to identify. What made it really confusing, though, was the fact that the attackers weren’t blond aryan master-race types, and were shouting “Jew” in Arabic as they laid into the victim with belts. They were driven off by German-speaking passers-by.

    It’s all very confusing, isn’t it?

  3. But but from where came the idea that white countries are evil by default and must be forcefully multiculted ?????

  4. Sorry? They lump religious indoctrinated anti-Semitic attacks with political ones and then expect training unemployed white youths in being tolerant will fix the issue?
    LOL. The desire to believe something stupid and obviously wrong is actively causing harm and yet they still fix the evidence base? The left’s desire to ignore reality never ceases to amaze me.

  5. I’m curious what percentage of German Jews support the migration of Muslims into Germany and how many vote for parties that want to end the process.
    Those figures would determine how much sympathy I feel.

  6. I’m curious what percentage of German Jews support the migration of Muslims into Germany and how many vote for parties that want to end the process.

    Indeed, it would be interesting to see. I get the impression some Jews think unchecked immigration will dilute the influence of homegrown antisemites, which is both a daft and dangerous approach.

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