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Anti-Semitism Spreads Among German Muslims

Alhough most German Muslims have not shown any major interest or support for islamic militants, they are more prone to tap into the spread of anti-Jewish feeling within their country. Farfur is a carbn copy of the Walt Disney Mickey Mouse character but he spouts anti-Jewish feeling as part of the comedy associated with the cartoon show. Children are encouraged to say things like “We don’t like Jews because they are like dogs. We will fight them.” In 2004, Fran ce banned such shows from being shown due to their anti-=semtism, but the use of cartoon characters to insult Jews is all too common on Muslim based TV programs

Last fall, Rabbi Zaiman Gurevitch, was attacked on the street n Frankurt on the Sabbath and stabbed by a 22 year-old German of Afghan descent who said: “You shit Jew, I’m going to kill you.” German educators increasngly are coming across young children who use the expression, “you Jew” as an insult when angry at another child. In 2007, the Grman Interior Ministry published a study which indicated that German Muslims were more prone to attack and insult Jews than any other group in Germany. The report noted, “the pervasiveness of sweeping anti-Semitic prejudice among Muslim students was also noticeable.”

The reality is that anti-semistism is linked to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinians. Until that issue is resolved, there is scant prospect Hamas propaganda willl not cease. Perhaps, as part of any resolution of the conflict is the necessity of including an educational program between the parties that aims at ending bigotry and prejudice.

Pro Cologne == Anti Muslims!

As one walks the streets of Cologne, Germany these days, it is easy to encounter young men passing out leaflets about an organization that is “Pro Cologne. They are securing support in the liberal minded city of Cologne to oppose construction of a large mosque, and they already have secured over 30,000 signatures for their efforts. Out of the Pro-Cologne protests has emerged a new political party, “Pro NRW”(Pro North-Rhine Westphalia) whose leaders for see becoming a force to halt the expansion of Muslims in Germany. Officials of the office for the Protection of the Constitution believe their leaders, Markus Beischt and Manfred Rouhs are attempting to supplant existing Neo-Nazi groups by transforming the fight against Muslims as a political weapon that leads toward political power.

A major concern being exploited is over the size of the mosque minarets. It is fascinating that Christian churches can grow to any size, but a large mosque is somehow the concern of many people. There are German right wingers who still insist that Jews are the source of problems, and now they are joined by those blaming Muslims. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of Germans are committed to democracy and the integration of their Muslim citizens.

German Muslims Overwhelmingly Reject Violence

A German Interior Ministry study of Muslim life in their nation revealed about 40% held a “fundamentalist orientation” which was equated with having strong religious moral values and world view. However, 92% rejected religiously motivated terrorism and violence. Around 6% were classified as harboring “violent tendencies,” and about 14% were regarded as having “anti-democratic tendencies.” Jurgen Mansel, a sociologist at the University of Bielfeld, in a statement to the press said ‘there is no evidence that there is more of a violent tendency among Muslims or immigrants than there is among other groups in Germany.”

German newspapers took a measured reaction to the study. Die Tageazeitung noted< ‘Actually the study’s findings should have a calming effect. They’re definitely not surprising. Some Muslim haters may now feel justified. More generally, though, the study offers very little substance. Just the opposite, in fact: when compared with ethnic Germans and non-Muslims immigrants, from the same educational and socio-economic backgrounds, one finds comparable attitudes.” After all, Germany still has a non-democratic group which lived for many years in the old East Germany and among them are people who have never adjusted to German democracy. In the history of America, there is considerable evidence that immigrant groups quite often in their early years in America had a small minority among them who were into crime and certainly did not accept the democratic constitutional nature of the United States.