Seventy years after the mass murder of Jews at the hands of Nazis the following chant could be heard at "Pro-Palestinian" demonstrations on the streets of Berlin, Frankfurt and other German cities:
“Jude, Jude, feiges Schwein, komm heraus und kämpf allein!”
BERLIN (AP) — The leader of Germany's Jewish community says he is shocked by an "explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews" shown by protesters at pro-Gaza demonstrations across the country The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, said Monday that "we would have never in our lives have expected that anti-Semitic slogans of the worst and most primitive kind could be chanted on Germany's streets."
Since the outbreak of violence in Israel and Gaza, there have been demonstrations both for and against Israel in Germany. During some of those protests, pro-Gaza protesters have chanted "gas the Jews" and other anti-Semitic slogans.
At a pro-Gaza protest in Berlin last week, an Israeli tourist was verbally attacked and had to be protected by police.
Who are these demonstrators, protesting against Israel's actions in Gaza? For the most part, it appears to be an unholy alliance of Islamists, Neo-Nazis, and Leftists. The outbreak of violence in Israel and Gaza has been a convenient excuse to allow for the latent anti-Semitism to explode in the open:
Die Parolen, die derzeit auf deutschen Straßen zu hören sind, kennzeichnen eine neue Dimension antisemitischen Hasses. Der latent immer vorhandene Antisemitismus (Forscher sehen ihn bei 20 bis 25 Prozent der deutschen Bevölkerung), bricht sich zwar bei einer Minderheit, aber so aggressiv und offen Bahn wie vielleicht nie in der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik.
(The slogans that we can hear in German streets today indicate a new dimension of anti-Semitic hate. The latent anti-Semitism (researchers estimate 20 to 25% of the German population is anti-Semitic) has broken into the open in a minority, but not to such an extreme perhaps in the history of the Federal Republic.)
How ironic that neo-Nazis are coming together with Muslim extremists to make common cause. Usually, the NPD describes the Muslims in Germany as an alien bacillus, infecting the pure German Volk. But when it comes to vocally hating Jews, Muslims and neo-Nazis are bosom-buddies.
And the leftist pro-Gaza demonstrators? For two years Bashar al-Assad has been slaughtering tens of thousands of Arab citizens of Syria and not one protest from Die LINKE or other left-wing group. Why the solidarity with Palestine but indifference to Syria? Sybille Berg made this observation in her recent column in Der Spiegel:
Die Linke, falls es so etwas heute noch gibt, ... werden den Juden nie verzeihen, dass sie keine Opfer mehr sein wollen.
(The Left, insofar as something like it exists today, can never forgive the Jews for refusing to be victims any longer.)