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Tensions Raise Fears of Turning Tide Against German Jews

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Anti-Semitism is being disguised as anti-Zionism, Jewish leaders claim, as tensions rise

Anti-Semitism is being disguised as anti-Zionism, Jewish leaders claim, as tensions rise

DW-WORLD.DE

An unprecedented row this week between German authorities and national Jewish leaders has highlighted a growing strain in tensions in the public and political spheres.

After the Holocaust, Germany’s relationship with Jews was never going to be easy, but angry remarks this week suggest that resentment is breaking through the surface of the relationship.

Anetta Kahane, who lives in politically charged Berlin, uses strong words to describe strong feelings. “We’re gradually being choked,” she says.

She perceives hostility to Jews as growing among Germans. For fear of nasty reactions, she has not dared for the past three years to wear a Star of David on a chain around her neck when she goes out.

Patience running out?

Protesters hold a banner with swastika and a star of David, during a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza

Protesters hold a banner with swastika and a star of David, during a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza

The sea change she detects began well before widespread disapproval was voiced among Germans of Israel’s actions in the Gaza conflict in December and January, she says. Other Jews would agree with her that hostility to Jewish views is on the rise.

Tension came to a head on Tuesday, Holocaust Day, when the national body, the Central Council of Jews, boycotted memorial ceremonies at the Bundestag parliament in Berlin, saying due respect was not shown to Holocaust survivors in the program.

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Written by morris

February 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Posted in anti semitism, Jews

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