A pregnant Muslim woman who wears a headscarf was stabbed outside of a German courtroom being repeatedly stabbed by a neighbor who insisted since she was Muslim, that, by definition, means she is a terrorist. Her husband rushed to the aid of his wife and was also stabbed by the neighbor, but he was also shot in the leg by security guards who thought, since he was not blond haired, he must be the attacker. Obviously, when a Muslim woman is stabbed by a German citizen, it goes without question anyone going to her assistance must be part of the world wide al-Qaeda network. The attacker who plunged his knife into a pregnant woman 18 times, is only identified as Alex W. and is in custody. Marwa Al-Sherbini’s body was flown to Egypt where thousands marched behind her coffin shouting expressions such as: “there is no God but God and the Germans are the enemies of god.”
A German government spokesperson said if the attack was racist, the government “naturally condemns this in the strongest terms.” Although the murder has featured prominently in the Egyptian press, few German newspapers have played up the attack. In 2004, there was a media uproar when filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim because of his allegedly anti-Muslim films.
The good news is that representatives from the main Jewish group in Germany visited the husband who is still in the hospital. Stephan Kramer, of the Central Council of Jews, told the media: “You don’t have to be a Muslim to act against anti-Muslim behavior, and you don’t have to be a Jew to act against anti-Semitism.” Well said.