Germany’s first special envoy for Jewish life and combating anti-Semitism, Dr. Felix Klein, has warned that Jews in Germany have legitimate fears for their safety due to “the influx of almost one million mostly Muslim immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa sparked in 2015 by chancellor Angela Merkel.”
This is a stunning statement, considering the laborious efforts to stigmatize and punish “Islamophobia,” which is generally defined as including negative feelings toward Islam, a religion that is bringing incalculable harm to innocent people in Germany and elsewhere today.
It is prudent to be fearful in the face of real dangers. Even Muslims who step out of line — such as Muslim homosexuals — have to hide out of fear of what their own religion declares about how they should be treated.
Klein noted that “German Jews have long warned that many of the new arrivals hail from countries where hatred of Jews and of the State of Israel were taught from an early age.”
Such hatred is sanctioned in Islam, as Robert Spencer explains here.
Angela Merkel uttered the notorious words, “We can do this,” and has persisted in her determination to bring in more Muslim migrants. Yet even she admitted earlier in the week that “anti-Semitism is coming to the country from refugees or people of Arab origin.”
“German Anti-Semitism Chief Tells Jews: Your Fears over Influx of Muslim, Arab Refugees Legitimate,” by Simon Kent, Breitbart, April 26, 2018:
The German government’s first special envoy to the Jewish community has warned that Jews’ fear over the influx of Muslim, Arab refugees is legitimate.
Dr. Felix Klein also counseled German Jewish men to exercise caution before appearing in public spaces wearing the traditional kippah headpiece.
Dr. Klein chose an interview with the Times of Israel to reveal his concerns for Jews on the same day rallies took place across the country supporting Jewish people after a spate of shocking anti-Semitic assaults. One such rally in Berlin ended early when angry counter-protesters shouted “terrorists”, spat at them, and snatched their Israeli flag, organisers said.
Asked directly if a German Jew can wear a traditional kippah in a public place without concern, Dr. Klein, who was appointed earlier this month as the German government’s first special envoy for Jewish life and combating anti-Semitism, replied: “In principle, yes. But not always.” He continued:
But they have to be vigilant. It’s not entirely without danger; one has to be alert. In the end, everyone has to assess the risks for himself. The danger is there. But I wouldn’t necessarily agree with those who say it’s absolutely impossible to show one’s Jewishness in public in Germany.
Last week Germans were stunned after a 19-year-old Syrian refugee attacked two young men wearing kippahs with his belt in the heart of the capital….