|Reichenbach: "National Socialism now", |
"Jews out", "Israel is a warmonger"
, and the Blood & Honor swastika.
The letter, by Gauck’s senior diplomatic and foreign policy adviser, Ambassador Heinz-Peter Behr, came in response to a request sent last month by Wiesenthal Center associate dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper, who has been demanding such studies in correspondence with several European leaders.
In his request to Gauck, Cooper cited a study by the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation that found that nearly half of Germans, and 40 percent of Europeans overall believe that “Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians.” [La moitié des Allemands croit qu'Israël extermine les Palestiniens]
|Next to the Berlin Holocaust Memorial a guy |
driving around with the windows open,
playing neo-Nazi music at full volume.
Cooper asserted that such beliefs contribute to a growing sense of unease among European Jews and help to explain the spread of calls for boycotts against the Jewish state.
|A swastika was painted on the synagogue |
of Gelsenkirchen (W. Germany)
“At the minimum, those who conceive and promote an unjustified and extreme criminal view of others should be exposed and held accountable in the court of public opinion,” he said. “We all know too well from the 1930s in Germany what can happen when the delegitimization and demonization of an empire goes unchallenged.”
Citing Gauck’s statement that standing up for Israel is a “defining part of German policy,” Behr asserted that it is not acceptable to spread anti-Semitism and “cast doubt on the State of Israel’s right to exist. Germany, both on its own and within European structures, will continue to fight such attitudes.”
The issue of anti-Semitic violence is a pressing one for European Jews, with a third of Jews polled last year in a study conducted by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency stating that they refrained from wearing religious garb or Jewish symbols out of fear, while an additional 23% avoided attending Jewish events or going to Jewish venues. In several countries, up to a third of Jews stated that they were mulling emigration.
Simon Wiesenthal Center dean and founder Rabbi Marvin Hier met with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Thursday and drew his attention to the more than 1,000 French citizens who either have participated, or are currently participating, in the Syrian civil war, as a source of danger to the Jewish community. Mehdi Nemmouche, who killed four people in the attack on the Brussels museum, was in Syria last year. [...]
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