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December 11, 2017 4:16 pm

German Chancellor Leads Condemnation of Antisemitic Outrages in Wake of US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday condemned the angry antisemitic demonstrations that broke out in various cities in her country in recent days following President Donald Trump’s announcement of US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Merkel spoke out in the wake of widespread shock in Germany over the brazenly antisemitic character of the string of incidents, which also took place in other major cities around the world.

“On Friday, we saw severe disturbances with the burning of Israeli flags and Stars of David, ” Merkel said.

The chancellor said that her ruling CDU Party “condemns these violations of the rule of law. We condemn all kinds of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, and no disagreements, not even over the status of Jerusalem, justify such actions. The government must fight all such incidents with full force.”

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Merkel’s comments followed an earlier comment by a government spokesman who spoke of feeling “ashamed” by the anti-Israel rallies.

“At certain rallies over the weekend, slogans were chanted, Israeli flags were burned and slander against the State of Israel and Jews in general were spread which were shameful,” Steffen Seibert said on Monday. “One has to be ashamed when hatred of Jews is put on display so openly on the streets of German cities.”

Meanwhile, in Canada, B’nai Brith condemned demonstrations in Vancouver on Friday and Saturday, where it said “children were encouraged to chant terrorist slogans and protestors stole and destroyed Israeli flags.”

“This is merely the latest in a worrying string of antisemitic incidents in Vancouver in recent months,” said Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “It is simply unacceptable for pro-Israel Canadians to be physically intimidated while pro-Palestinian protesters call for violence and martyrdom.”

According to local broadcaster News 1130, one of the organizers of Saturday’s protest was local imam Tarek Ramadan. In November, B’nai Brith filed a police complaint against Ramadan after he urged his congregants in a sermon to wage “jihad” against Israel and send “money, weapons and expertise” to Palestinians.

“It was a very threatening and antisemitic atmosphere,” said Jake Reznik, a Jewish student at the University of British Columbia who arrived at the protest carrying an Israeli flag. “We came to peacefully share our viewpoint, but they grabbed our flag right out of my friend’s hands and then ripped it to shreds. They clearly weren’t interested in peace.”

Similar scenes were also witnessed outside the US Embassy in London on Friday, where demonstrators chanted an Islamist antisemitic slogan that mocks the Jewish tribes of Arabia for having been defeated by the Prophet Muhammad’s army at the Battle of Khaybar in 628 CE.

“The ‘Khaybar, Khaybar’ chant heard and documented at Friday’s protest outside the US Embassy in London can only be interpreted as a call to incite violence against Jewish people,” a statement from the Board of Deputies of British Jews noted. “It is outrageous that these protesters thought that such a chant would be acceptable on the streets of London in 2017. That this comes in the context of a firebombing of a synagogue in Sweden and an attack on a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam only increases our concern. These acts are not criticisms of a decision by the US government but demonstrations of antisemitism.”

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  • gornisht

    So what? What is expected to happen? Anti-semitism, is anti-semitism, which has been around for ages! Can we expect it to subside? Is the Pope Jewish?

  • robert Davis

    And who does merkelis responsible for these antisemitic démonstrations? not only she opened the doors of germany to violent antisemitic, anti european moslem mobs but she also does not recognize the fact that Palestine was given to Jews represented by Israel and keeps lyeing about “international law violations” and other such crap. Naturally moslems think the world supports their aggressions.Is she waiting for ww3 to understand?

  • len

    Rather than condemning President Trump for his recognizing the obvious, that Jerusalem is the capitol of the State of Israel, we should praise him ,Europe should praise him for exposing the hatred and anti-Semitism that lies in the hearts of many if not the overwhelming majority of Muslims living in Europe and beyond. If European society in the past was worried about a possible dual loyalty when it came to Israel and it’s Jewish citizens what could they now feel about the Turkish, Palestinian and other Muslims who openly behave in a manner alien to modern Europe and will soon be a very forceful minority who will not be afraid of betraying their adopted countries in favor of the thoughts and prayers of their home Islamic countries. No wonder Europe was so adamantly against Trump’s declarations. They didn’t want to stir up the “natives” or shall we say rather the “COLONISTS”!

    • Phil Schupbach

      Good insight.

  • A.S.F.

    Yeah, here’s the German government’s stance: “Don’t do it again…Until the next time I tell you, Don’t do it again.” Rinse. Repeat.

  • Hillel

    Really surprised? Its been on the streets of Germany, Holland, France and Britain for years, to name but a few. Often encouraged by politicians and always by the media. The Reich is not dead and never was. Its back with a vengeance.

  • rabbimfriedman@yahoo.com

    Its high time Jews leave historic anti Semitic Europe. Let the Muslim hordes destroy Europe! The 28 European EU member leaders were dripping with verbal anti Semitism, that Jerusalem does not belog to the Jewish people.
    Watch JUDAISM every Wednesday 10AM & 6PM New York time go to bricartsmedia.org click on Tv Shows & Videos scroll down to Watch now and click on Channel 2 EXPOSE on Global Anti Semitism

  • Germany is under Turkey interference, is Erdoğan the criminal dictator also provoking unrests there using Islamic and anti-Semitism tactic? Yes and this criminal dictator should be remove from NATO already he had ally with Iran and Russia! He should be declared a terrorist that what he is.

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