German Jewish Leader Calls for Refugee Quota, Warns Against Influx of Jew-Hatred
The leader of Germany’s Jewish community called for imposing a quota on the number of refugees coming into the country, amid concerns that asylum-seekers may stem from cultures steeped in Jew-hatred, The Financial Times reported on Monday.
Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said many refugees seeking to live in peace and freedom — away from ISIS persecution — come from “cultures in which hate toward Jews and intolerance are fixed components.” He told the newspaper, Welt, “Sooner or later we will not be able to avoid [setting] upper limits.”
Schuster, who was born in Israel to German-Jewish refugee parents, added that if the influx of refugees in Germany continue at its current rate, it will become “increasingly difficult” to integrate migrants and “pass on our values.”
The Jewish leader’s call for quotas follows warnings about the threat that some Muslim refugees pose to Jews in Germany, The Financial Times reported. He and other Jewish leaders voiced their concerns at a meeting last month with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has rejected calls for refugee quotas. The only party in the German parliament to back the refugee quotas is the Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU), which is the sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
Germany reported more than 758,000 asylum-seekers entering the country from January through October, according to The Associated Press. The Bundespolizei, responsible for border security, confirmed on Monday that 180,000 refugees have entered Germany thus far in November and 181,000 came in last month.
Skeptical about the idea of refugee quotas, Stephan Kramer, former secretary-general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said the fact that refugees come from countries where antisemitism was in the national education program does “not automatically make a majority of refugees antisemites.”
Germany’s interior ministry reported that the number of antisemitic crimes in Germany rose in 2014 by 25 percent, to 1,596. Most were linked to German right-wingers. Germany also recorded more antisemitic attacks last year than any other country in the European Union.