[Ed. – What’s old is new.]
Germany, whose history makes sure anti-Semitism can never be a mundane problem, has to face up to “imported anti-Semitism,” arriving with a tide of Muslim immigrants. After years of sweeping it under the rug, the country must learn to treat it as an integration problem, not just something the police should worry about.
For years, the leaders of the German Jewish community have warned that wearing a kippa could be dangerous in Berlin, especially in areas with a large Muslim population. But German police statistics would make it look as though the issue doesn’t exist. According to them, 522 anti-Semitic crimes were registered in Germany in 2017, 479 of them committed by “right-wing extremists” — that is, neo-Nazis. Only 19 incidents were ascribed to “foreign ideology” or “religious ideology” — tags that could apply to Jew-hatred as practiced in the Islamic world. But Ann-Christin Wegener wrote in a recent study for the state of Hessen’s constitutional protection department that the police tended to attribute the crimes to right-wing extremists when they had no clue of the perpetrators’ motivations.