Um, Germany?

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Um, Germany?

by baldilocks

[cap­tion id=”” align=“alignright” width=“187”] World War II Army of Occu­pa­tion Medal. One of the cri­te­ria: sta­tioned in then West Berlin between 1946 and 1989. I am a recipient.[/caption]

Cour­tesy of the USAF, I spent most of the late 1980s in Berlin, Ger­many, mak­ing a good amount of mem­o­ries and many friends who are still my friends as I type this. My sis­ter even met my brother-​in-​law — the lat­ter was also in the USAF — when she came to visit me there.

I had con­sid­ered going back for a visit, but decided against it for sev­eral rea­sons, one of which is personal.

And here’s one of the not-​so-​personal rea­sons why I won’t go back.

In a dra­matic announce­ment, the Ger­man government’s com­mis­sioner to com­bat anti­semitism, Felix Klein, said on Sat­ur­day that the country’s Jew­ish com­mu­nity should avoid wear­ing kip­pot in pub­lic because of ris­ing antisemitism.

Klein is the first fed­eral gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive to declare that Jews can­not prac­tice their reli­gion in pub­lic spaces because of the dan­gers in Germany. (…)

The Ger­man fed­eral min­istry of the inte­rior said there was a 20% increase in anti­se­mitic crimes in the coun­try last year. The inte­rior min­istry and secu­rity agen­cies fre­quently con­flate rad­i­cal Islamic anti­se­mitic attacks with extreme right-​wing inci­dents against Jews.

Accord­ing to the inte­rior min­istry, right-​wing [sic] extrem­ists com­mit­ted 90% of the 1,800 inci­dents in 2018. The real num­ber of Islamic-​animated anti­se­mitic attacks in Ger­many is not well doc­u­mented due to author­i­ties char­ac­ter­iz­ing Islamic anti­semitism as right-​wing antisemitism.

Empha­sis mine. Germany’s Com­mis­sion to Com­bat Anti­semitism was cre­ated last year.

And it appears that this “com­bat” needs to begin with the country’s elected officials.

Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel’s gov­ern­ment has refused to ban the entire anti­se­mitic ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion Hezbol­lah in Ger­many. Hezbol­lah has at least 950 oper­a­tives in Ger­many, accord­ing to 2018 intel­li­gence reports reviewed by The Jerusalem Post.

Don’t for­get to read the part about Berlin’s present mayor.

I’m old enough to remem­ber when Israel’s Knes­set invited Mrs. Merkel to address that body.

Back then, some of the Knes­set mem­bers refused to attend the address because it was given in the “lan­guage of the mur­der­ers.” Seemed unrea­son­able at the time. Now? Prescient.

Ger­mans are known for their effi­ciency, which is how we know that these com­mis­sions, coun­cils and laws they cre­ate to “com­bat” the prob­lem are window-​dressing in lieu of actual com­bat. If they really wanted to stop anti­semitism in their coun­try, it would be over with yesterday.

This is inten­tional. And that’s why it will get worse there.

It seems that it didn’t take very long for the Ger­mans to revert fol­low­ing the end of occu­pa­tion by the USA, the UK, France and even by the old USSR. The last time per­se­cu­tion ramped up against the Jews, the Ger­mans han­dled the dirty work them­selves, mostly. This time, they’ve brought in “contractors.”

So, no, I won’t be going back to Ger­many. My mem­o­ries will have to be enough.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Fol­low her on Face­book, Twit­ter, MeWe, Gab, and Social Quod­verum.

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by baldilocks

World War II Army of Occupation Medal. One of the criteria: stationed in then West Berlin between 1946 and 1989. I am a recipient.

Courtesy of the USAF, I spent most of the late 1980s in Berlin, Germany, making a good amount of memories and many friends who are still my friends as I type this. My sister even met my brother-in-law — the latter was also in the USAF — when she came to visit me there.

I had considered going back for a visit, but decided against it for several reasons, one of which is personal.

And here’s one of the not-so-personal reasons why I won’t go back.

In a dramatic announcement, the German government’s commissioner to combat antisemitism, Felix Klein, said on Saturday that the country’s Jewish community should avoid wearing kippot in public because of rising antisemitism.

Klein is the first federal government representative to declare that Jews cannot practice their religion in public spaces because of the dangers in Germany. (…)

The German federal ministry of the interior said there was a 20% increase in antisemitic crimes in the country last year. The interior ministry and security agencies frequently conflate radical Islamic antisemitic attacks with extreme right-wing incidents against Jews.

According to the interior ministry, right-wing [sic] extremists committed 90% of the 1,800 incidents in 2018. The real number of Islamic-animated antisemitic attacks in Germany is not well documented due to authorities characterizing Islamic antisemitism as right-wing antisemitism.

Emphasis mine. Germany’s Commission to Combat Antisemitism was created last year.

And it appears that this “combat” needs to begin with the country’s elected officials.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has refused to ban the entire antisemitic terrorist organization Hezbollah in Germany. Hezbollah has at least 950 operatives in Germany, according to 2018 intelligence reports reviewed by The Jerusalem Post.

Don’t forget to read the part about Berlin’s present mayor.

I’m old enough to remember when Israel’s Knesset invited Mrs. Merkel to address that body.

Back then, some of the Knesset members refused to attend the address because it was given in the “language of the murderers.” Seemed unreasonable at the time. Now? Prescient.

Germans are known for their efficiency, which is how we know that these commissions, councils and laws they create to “combat” the problem are window-dressing in lieu of actual combat. If they really wanted to stop antisemitism in their country, it would be over with yesterday.

This is intentional. And that’s why it will get worse there.

It seems that it didn’t take very long for the Germans to revert following the end of occupation by the USA, the UK, France and even by the old USSR. The last time persecution ramped up against the Jews, the Germans handled the dirty work themselves, mostly. This time, they’ve brought in “contractors.”

So, no, I won’t be going back to Germany. My memories will have to be enough.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, Gab, and Social Quodverum.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar or hit Juliette’s!