The reactions of German political leaders on the neo-Nazi attack on Yom Kippur in the synagogue in Halle were as expected. According to Jerusalem Post, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government voiced outrage over the attack on Yom Kippur and urged tougher action against antisemitic violence. “That on the Day of Atonement a synagogue was shot at hits us in the heart,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter. “We must all act against antisemitism in our country.”
Powerful statements, but – don’t they just get it, or – are they stupid, or – could they have an agenda?
It looks as if they could. In my August post Political Antisemitism Poisons the Streets of Europe I wrote the following:
Haven’t the European leaders ever thought the consequences of their politics which always present Israel in a bad light, as an aggressor, occupation power, human rights abuser, apartheid state etc? Don’t they understand the logic of cause and effect?
When something happens, they are marching in the front row demonstrating their support and sympathy for the Jewish community. And the next day they are back on track to join haters of Israel in New York and Geneva condemning the Jewish state again.
And what happened immediately after the Yom Kippur attack?
Surprise, surprise: Mrs. Merkel was pictured attending an evening vigil at a synagogue in Berlin to honor the victims of the attack.
And what will happen next?
Business as usual. Meaning that Germany will condemn Israel again in the UN. And, as seen, it continues condemning Israel through its close partnership with Iran – no matter what Iranian leaders or generals say.
In the aftermath of the attack, Dr. Hillel Neuer, Director of the UN Watch published a post on his Facebook page, listing Germany’s voting behaviour in 2018 in the UN, and it shouts far louder than Merkel’s and her team’s “outrage”.
The German UN voting record shows us that while Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Russia and Syria each were condemned only once in 2018, Israel’s actions deserved in total 16 (SIXTEEN!) condemnations from the German government. Germany introduced 0 (ZERO) condemnations of China, Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Venezuela, etc.
It seems the Germans really don’t comprehend their moral position toward the Jewish State. For a good reason Dr. Neuer is asking Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: Why?
I salute the European Coalition for Israel and its Founding Director Tomas Sandell who immediately called upon the President designate of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen to immediately on her installation call together a European crisis summit in Brussels on the alarming rise of anti-Semitism.
Maybe she is a different kind of a German…