So much anti-semitism exists in Germany today that, according to a Jewish leader in the country, police are needed to protect Jewish people who participate in public religious events.
“Anti-Semitism [is] in the heart of German society,” said Charlotte Knobloch, the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, according to a report in the New York Post. Knobloch reportedly says that she feels Jewish people can only live life “in public with police protection and under the most serious security precautions.”
According to Jewish News, Knobloch believes that Jewish life in Germany is in danger. The site reports:
“The close of 2017 has been marked by numerous violence-tinged anti-Israel protests in Germany and a spectacular old-style, neo-Nazi outburst that set social media on fire.
“The incidents prompted debate and discussion about how best to combat the problem and ensure the viability of Germany’s Jewish communities. There are some 100,000 identified members of Jewish communities nationwide, and another 100,000 who identify as Jews but are unaffiliated.”
Knobloch referred to a video (see below) showing a German man making heinous remarks to a Jewish restaurant owner in Berlin, which has circulated online. She said, “The hostility and threats that can be seen in the video are disgusting but not unusual.”
She added, “ ‘Jew’ has once again become an insult in German schoolyards.”
Knobloch says she has a solution to the growing problem. Jewish News reports that she wants the German government to, “appoint a commissioner to deal with such issues.”
The video referenced above may be viewed here, but be forewarned that the translation indicates offensive sentiments. The restaurant owner’s response to the confrontation may be viewed below as well.
This picture tells you everything you need to know about Merkel’s Germany. Police shielding Hanukkah Menorah in Berlin pic.twitter.com/F7bazFuQM7
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