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Germany's rising anti-Semitism

By Russell Grenning - posted Tuesday, 5 June 2018

"But we must do everything to avoid that," he said.

He added, "We've observed that Salafist and Islamic extremists seek to approach refugees in Germany and try to incite antisemitism and hatred. It is clearly the job of the intelligence services to take action against this."

Klein plans to set up a national registry to gather evidence of antisemitism and once this data is processed he hopes to design "tailor-made" strategies to combat the various forms of antisemitism. He believes that education is the key and he also wants to add a hate-crime charge to criminal cases with increased penalties in cases where antisemitism was part of the motive.


One proposal now being considered by the government is to require Muslim refugees to visit Nazi concentration camp memorials. The World Jewish Congress that represents Jewish communities in one hundred countries has welcomed the idea

Their President, Ronald S Lauder, said, "This proposal is an encouraging and effective method of educating people of all backgrounds about the Nazi attempt to wipe out the whole Jewish population of Europe and the dangers such hatred can yield."

Quite apart from the logistical nightmare and cost of getting hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants to these memorials several observers in Germany pointed out that Muslim extremists, rather than being horrified and repulsed by what they would see would actually gain some inspiration and encouragement.

Almost every day and not just in Germany but around the world where there are Muslims, there are tweets praising Hitler and his Jewish policy so the authors of such hatred would be more likely to applaud the grisly work done in Nazi concentration camps than be shocked.

The depth of antisemitism in Germany was shown on April 12 when a two-man rapper group won the prestigious Echo Prize, the Grammy of Germany, for a blatantly antisemitic song "0815" which included the line, for example, "My body is more defined than those of Auschwitz prisoners". One of the duo is an Arab from Morocco while the other is a Caucasian convert to Islam.

The prize is automatically awarded to the artists who sell more than anybody else and the embarrassed German Music Industry Association announced that the award would be scrapped permanently and that they would go back to the drawing board to try and devise a way to launch a new and different award. What made the award to the rapper duo even more distressing was that it happened on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day.


After the award was announced, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted, "Antisemitic provocations do not deserve any prize, they are just disgusting."

One of the duo swiftly replied goading the Minister with, "To what degree are you protecting Jewish life if you support the mass immigration of people you consider antisemitic?" Understandably this low blow was telling and didn't get any response.

Today there are an estimated 200,000 Jews in Germany while the Muslim population is almost five million (6.1% of the total population) and growing rapidly. The average age of Muslims in Germany is 31, the average age of the rest of the population is 47 and Muslim women have, on average, 1.9 children while other non-Muslim women have, again on average, 1.4 children.

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Russell Grenning is a retired political adviser and journalist who began his career at the ABC in 1968 and subsequently worked for the then Brisbane afternoon daily, The Telegraph and later as a columnist for The Courier Mail and The Australian.

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