The chairman of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster, has warned Chancellor Merkel of an increase in anti-Semitism as a result of the refugee crisis: ‘Some of those seeking refuge in Germany are from countries which see Israel as the enemy. They have grown up hostile to Israel and to Jews in general.’
Schuster’s solution is to bring about a Damascene conversion of these lifelong anti-Semites so that they embrace Germany’s core values, which include solidarity with Israel and the rejection of all forms of anti-Semitism. [Good luck with that, Germany.]
The Central Council of Jews nonetheless welcomes the tidal wave of humanity currently descending on Germany.
After Schuster made his remarks to Merkel—at a meeting she held with representatives of associations, religious bodies, institutions and trade unions—there was, apparently, an ‘embarrassed silence’, followed by a promise to deal with the problem.