ER Editor: Rare it is to see criticism of the Muslim community for perpetrating anti-semitic attacks. In France, anti-semitic incidents are on the rise among the Muslim community while declining among the white population although such reporting is extremely hard to find and never has any statistics attached.
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While anti-Semitism is “not a specific Muslim problem,” it is still getting stronger “due to migration and the hatred against Israel that is fueled by radical forces in the Islamic world,” he told the Funke media group, as cited by Die Welt newspaper.
Schaeuble, who now chairs the Bundestag, reiterated that some European Muslims are disseminating “an irrational hatred of Jews, also fueled by anti-Zionism,” with the phenomenon spreading in France “but also in Germany.” “Liberal societies,” he posited, must tackle the problem despite “this huge migration.” Defeating hatred of Jews would become “a great stress test for Western democracies” because many in Muslim communities have “strong commitment to anti-Semitism.”
Perhaps Israel also has a responsibility to get its house in order vis-a-vis its treatment of the Palestinians.
German Jews demand extra integration classes for Muslim migrants to avoid anti-Semitism attacks
Though the migrant flow is not pouring into Europe with the force of previous years, Vice President of Germany’s Central Council of Jews Abraham Lehrer still believes that the “problem of immigrant Arab-Islamic anti-Semitism” still lies ahead. He was speaking days before the grim 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass which marked the start of the violent assault on Jews by the Nazis.
According to Lehrer, many asylum seekers who arrive in his country are mainly influenced “by regimes” where anti-Semitism is “a part of [their] rationale” and where “the Jewish state is denied the right to existence.”
As soon as the quest for job and housing is over for these people, they may re-experience this influence from their home countries and “will express their opinions openly,” he says. “In order to prevent this scenario, we need to tailor integration courses more closely to these people, preferably by country of origin.”
Lehrer suggested organizing additional hours in integration classes in which “fundamental values” such as democracy and treatment of women in European society “are intensively taught.”
Lehrer’s fears are far from being ungrounded – official figures released this summer show that the number of hate crimes committed against Jews in Germany increased by more than 10 percent. While the majority of the crimes were committed by Neo-Nazi groups, in some cases the attackers were Muslim migrants.
In one of the most resonating cases a 19-year-old Syrian migrant used a belt to beat an Israeli wearing a kippa. The attacker, who was convicted of assault and grievous bodily harm, insisted that he just wanted to scare his victim.
Earlier this year a shocked father revealed to German media that his daughter was told she deserved to be beaten and killed when she admitted to a Muslim student that she did not believe in Allah.
Concerns about anti-Semitism from Muslim immigrants in Germany were earlier raised by Charlotte Knobloch, the President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria. “Anti-Semitism has grown on the right and the left, in the Muslim community and also in the heart of German society,” Knobloch contended back in 2017.
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