German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed growing anti-Semitism in Germany, admitting that Jews are not safe in her country.
“Unfortunately there is to this day not a single synagogue, not a single day care center for Jewish children, not a single school for Jewish children that does not need to be guarded by German policemen,” Merkel said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
“There has always been a certain number of anti-Semites among us, Unfortunately,” Merkel added, making reference to her country’s Nazi history.
“In Germany, obviously, they always have to be seen in a certain context, in the context of our past, which means we have to be that much more vigilant than others,” she said, emphasizing that Germany has to face”the specters of our past” and that “we have to tell our young people what history has brought over us and others, and these horrors… why we have to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes and why we stand up against intolerance and why we show no tolerance towards violations of human rights.”
Official figures showed 1,646 hate crimes against Jews were committed in 2018 – an increase of 10% on the previous year. Physical attacks against Jews in Germany also rose in the same period, with 62 violent incidents recorded, up from 37 in 2017. Jerusalem Post reported that according to the German Ministry of the Interior, “right-wing extremists committed 90% of the 1,800 incidents in 2018. The real number of Islamic-animated antisemitic attacks in Germany is not well documented due to authorities characterizing Islamic antisemitism as right-wing antisemitism.”
Merkel’s statements come just a few days after Germany’s anti-Semitism commissioner Felix Klein warned Jews that it may be dangerous to wear yarmulkes in public.
The opposite is true. Wear your kippa. Wear your friend’s kippa. Borrow a kippa and wear it for our Jewish neighbors. Educate people that we are a diverse society. https://t.co/vd9nV9AvPG
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) May 26, 2019
To show solidarity with the Jews, one of Germany’s leading newspapers printed a “do-it-yourself kippah” cutout on its front page on Monday as an act of solidarity with the Jewish community.
Source: Israel in the News