Jan. 2, 2018
In news that should shock no one, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has called for Germany to fight against “imported” anti-Semitism, saying that many asylum seekers come from countries “where anti-Semitism is practices almost as a matter of course.”
He further demanded that lessons on the Holocaust be included in the integration courses given to asylum seekers and immigrants, and suggested that the new government appoint an anti-Semitism commissioner.
His comments came after a series of anti-Israel protests in Berlin by immigrants angered by Trump’s decision to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The pro-Palestinian protests included several thousand people and featured the burning of Israeli flags while chanting anti-Semitic slogans that threatened violence against Jews. One of the protests even took place just yards from the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a monument to the worst mass murder in history.
Such protests and violent provocations once again raise serious concerns about the integration of Muslim migrants into German society. Since 2011, around 1.6 million people have applied for asylum in Germany, nearly all of whom are from Muslim countries. A survey of refugees conducted in 2015 showed that 85% wanted to remain in Germany indefinitely.
The new year has also seen the implementation of anti-incitement laws, which now qualify many legitimately voiced concerns about Muslim integration as “incitement to hate” in the German penal code.