Germany Accused of Downplaying Anti-Semitic Attacks by Muslims

(JTA) Cnaan Liphshiz - The annual al-Quds Day march in Berlin features frequent calls about killing Israelis, Zionist conspiracies and chants of "free Palestine from the river to the sea." Flags of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hizbullah are on display, and imams regularly preach anti-Semitic verses from the Quran. Iran launched al-Quds Day in 1979. Yet some of the incidents documented at the Quds Day march in Berlin have been classified by authorities as forms of far-right anti-Semitism. Last month, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that supporters of far-right groups were responsible for 90% of the 1,800 anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Germany in 2018. However, in a 2016 survey of German Jews who had experienced anti-Semitic incidents, 41% said the perpetrator was "someone with a Muslim extremist view" and another 16% said it was someone from the far left. Only 20% identified their aggressors as belonging to the far-right.

2019-06-21 00:00:00

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