Germany’s New “Brand” of Anti-Semitism

The WSJ piece Drudge linked to has got some howlers (“Germany Struggles With an Unfamiliar Form of Anti-Semitism”). The first paragraph actually begins (no, this isn’t parody):

BERLIN— Solomon Michalski loved going to his new school on a leafy Berlin street because it was vibrant and diverse, with most students from migrant families. But when the teenage grandson of Holocaust survivors let it slip that he was Jewish, former friends started hissing insults at him in class, he says.

How has Merkels’ Million Muslim March helped things?

The notion that some among the well over a million recent arrivals—many from Syria, where criticism of Israel laced with anti-Semitic clichés has been part of the official discourse for decades—might be harboring prejudice about Jews has presented authorities here with a dilemma.

Jewish representatives say Germany’s tried and tested toolset to combat anti-Semitism through education is failing to reach communities that often don’t speak German and know little about Nazism and the Holocaust.

The ‘tried and tested toolset’. LOL

Barbara John, a former Berlin integration czar, said cases of Arab families resisting Holocaust education or refusing to send their children on the traditional school trip to concentration camps have come up since the 1960s.

In other words, Germany’s “New People” are not hamstrung by continuous barrages of manufactured guilt. They are much more secure in their own indigenous and religious identities than native Germans are.

I wondered whether the following paragraph indicates merely the inefficiencies of a P.C.-addled bureaucracy or whether it is an example of a deliberately strategy of misinformation:

German police attribute more than 90% of cases nationwide to far-right offenders. But Jewish activists and victim representatives say the data is misleading because police automatically label any incident where the perpetrators aren’t known as coming from the far right.

I found this statistic fascinating:

Back then, however, Germany’s Jewish community, half-a-million strong before Hitler’s rise to power, had become virtually extinct. It began growing again in the 1990s thanks to immigration from the former Soviet Union and, more recently, from Israel, making the fight against anti-Semitic prejudice an even more urgent necessity. Germany now has an estimated 200,000 Jews, more than 100,000 of whom are in Berlin.

So, 1 out of every 2 Jews living in Germany live in Berlin. So much for dispelling the stereotype of Jews as an urban people, not all that familiar with toiling the land and whatnot.

The piece’s final paragraph reads like similar pieces about Jews in modern day France:

As for Mr. Michalski, he says he recently started googling property prices in Israel. “For the first time I’ve seriously thought about leaving. I hope it won’t come to that,” he said.

Alas, for whites living in Germany or France, there is no Israel to flee to.

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