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Letters to the Editor: German Conservatives, Jason Greenblatt and Aid to Israel

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14.06.2018

German conservatives are not ‘neo-Nazis’

In “What We German Jews Hear When the U.S. Ambassador Says He Wants to ‘Empower’ Toxic Populists’,” (Haaretz, June 7) Charlotte Knobloch misquotes, misinterprets and unfairly maligns Ambassador Richard Grenell – a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people in Germany and throughout the world. Ambassador Grenell merely spoke about empowering “conservatives” and stated: “I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left.” Ambassador Grenell did not endorse any party or anything resembling neo-Nazis, as Knobloch says she “hears.”

One cannot equate “conservatives” to neo-Nazis today. Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council Of Jews in Germany, the umbrella group that speaks for Germany’s Jews, explained in an interview that anti-Semitism in Germany has changed since the Nazi era, and now comes from Arab immigrant families, political extremists, and “in the middle of society,” often in the guise of anti-Zionism – in other words, from many directions.

Further, conservative policies of limiting unvetted immigration from Syria and certain other majority Muslim nations align with Jewish concerns with reducing one of the major sources of anti-Semitism in Germany, and protecting women and others.

Indeed, the Central Council of Jews in Germany called for limiting the number of........

© Haaretz