#AceNewsReport – May.20: It has long been known – including by the German government: anti-Semitism is widespread among the Muslim population in Europe. Almost half of European Muslims believe, according to a 2013 study by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), that Jews cannot be trusted. For comparison: only less than ten percent of Christians believe this:
Merkel’s Germany: 81% of Jews have been attacked by Muslims: Predominantly anti-Jewish: Germany is sitting on a powder keg, the origin lies in Islam,” translated from “Überwiegend judenfeindlich: Deutschland sitzt auf einem Pulverfass, im Islam liegt der Ursprung,” edited by Matthias Hochstätter, Focus, May 18, 2021 (thanks to Medforth):
According to the study, there are hardly any differences in views between the first and second generation of Muslims in Germany, France or Great Britain. Religious fundamentalism, anti-Semitism and bigotry are widespread and deeply rooted.
No wonder that 52 percent of Germans perceive Islam as a threat, according to a 2019 study by the Bertelsmann Foundation. Muslim Germans were also interviewed.
The Jewish population experiences the hostility of the Muslims firsthand. In a 2017 study by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence in Bielefeld, 81 percent of the Jews surveyed in Germany stated that they had already been attacked by Muslims, 61 percent had experienced verbal insults or harassment.
Anti-Semitism creates identity for Muslims and is characteristic of Islam
According to experts, the causes are rooted in Islam: In the Islamic world, 53 percent of the countries are ruled in an authoritarian manner and only four percent are democratic, writes WZB scientist Ruud Koopmans. In 2018, the Berlin historian and sociologist Günther Jikeli presented one of the few systematic studies on anti-Semitism among Muslims in Europe. He conducted interviews with young Muslim men of different ethnic backgrounds in London, Berlin and Paris.
In these conversations, he found different forms of anti-Semitism: “classic anti-Semitism”, such as stereotypes that Jews are rich, forms of Israel-related anti-Semitism, and anti-Semitism that completely dispenses with justifications. For Jikeli, anti-Semitism lies “in the interpretation of Muslim identity”: enmity against Jews is therefore part of Islam, part of being Muslim. Anti-Semitism is not the exception, but the rule among Muslims, and hatred of Jews is often the norm, so Jikeli’s conclusion.
For the Hamburg political scientist Matthias Küntzel, the humiliation of the Jews, perceived as “weak and despicable”, is a characteristic of Islam: “As Arab youth in Berlin in the summer of 2014 chanted the slogan: ‘Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone’, this devaluation became evident. When an Arab in Berlin grabbed his belt in April 2018 to whip a kippah wearer, he, too, used an archaic language that expresses more than just violence: similar to spitting at or slapping with the belt, the belt slap serves to belittle the other – the humiliation was more important here than the physical injury.”
Great influence from Arab, Iranian and Turkish media
Scholars see the influence of the Arab, Iranian and Turkish media as one of the reasons for the widespread anti-Semitism in Muslim milieus in Europe. Anti-Semitism is often expressed very openly here, writes the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society (IDZ) from Jena: “In addition, there is the influence of Islamist organizations that are paid from abroad on mosque associations and imams in Germany.”
Physical attacks on Jews and the desecration and destruction of synagogues are therefore mainly carried out by young Muslim perpetrators, mostly of Arab descent, reports the IDZ. Muslim perpetrators are also responsible for numerous anti-Semitic murders in Europe in recent years: For example, the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012, in which a teacher and three children were shot, for the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014, in which four people were killed, for the attack on a Jewish supermarket near Paris in 2015 with four dead, for the attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen in 2015 with two dead.
Interesting: The Central Council of Muslims in Germany also sits on the IDZ Board of Trustees.
#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.20: 2021:
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