Europe is living through a new wave of anti-Semitism. The president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews calls it the worst the Continent has seen since World War II. He may well be right. Attacks on synagogues are an almost weekly occurrence, and openly anti-Semitic chants are commonplace on well-attended marches from London to Rome. And yet it is here, in Germany, where the rise in anti-Semitism is most historically painful.
On Sunday, thousands of people marched through Berlin in response, and heard both Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck denounce the resurgence in anti-Jewish hatred.
We’ve seen this before, of course. But there’s an important difference this time. The new anti-Semitism does not originate solely with the typical white-supremacist neo-Nazi; instead, the ugly truth that many in Europe don’t want to confront is that much of the anti-Jewish animus originates with European people of Muslim background.
Until recently, Germany has been unwilling to discuss this trend. Germans have always seen Muslim anti-Semitism as a less problematic version of the “original” version, and therefore a distraction from the well-known problem of anti-Jewish sentiment within a majority of society.
Actually, most of Europe has been unwilling to discuss the potential pitfalls of anything having to do with the growing numbers of Muslims in several countries. England is practically overrun. In fact, if Scotland does break free, England plans on suing for custody of the al-Qaeda cells.
There has been some disturbing evidence of anti-Semitism at anti-Israel protests all over Europe, so it has become more difficult to just sweep it under the German skinhead rug. The truth had to be admitted.
It was just strange to find it in the Times.