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Germany’s Fatal Blind Spot

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The German Bundestag recently passed a law saying, that non-citizens convicted of antisemitic crimes won’t be able to apply for German citizenship. This push, initiated by CDU member Mathias Middelberg, is a desperate piece of tokenism that tries to create an image of Germany to be a philosemitic haven while it turns a blind eye on the deep roots, structures and traditions of Antisemitism in Germany.

This law tries to meet the antisemitic riots in Germany following the immense and explosive violence in Israel and Palestine in May 2021 but fails to meet the general problem at all. Following the idea of the law, Antisemitism is a problem created mostly by migrants from the Middle East, imagining an internalised Antisemitism qua culture. The Berlin based research and information service on Antisemitism (RIAS) thus counts 22 incidents of such a nature on a thousand in sum for 2020. This makes foreign antisemitic crimes a two percent problem in relation to 98 percent “home made” Antisemitism.........

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