The European Union: Migration debate, xenophobia, racism and right-wing extremism

Sunday, 2 February 2020 - 04:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: Editorial, European Union, General

Flag of Europe (Latest update: 5 April 2020) It is actually unbelievable: the wall fell, fortunately the Soviet Union failed in its own right, as a result of which most of the Eastern Bloc gained its freedom. There was great hope for democracy, freedom and the rule of law. Especially in the eastward expansion of the EU, which only knows freedom from history lessons, the hope for freedom and democracy was huge. It is all the more surprising that parts of the populations have once again been seduced by nationalist demagogues. From the east, this nationalistic nonsense finally rubbed off into East Germany, which was formerly part of the Eastern Bloc. Where the journey will eventually lead to remains open by now. It will certainly not be pleasing for while.


Migration debate, refugees, xenophobia, racism, right-wing extremism and right-wing terrorism

“Let every man seek heaven in his own fashion.” – Frederick the Great

Anyone who has had a look at the immigration figures (immigration, refugees, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Global Compact for MigrationFinal draft of the agreement as a PDF file (there is a summary on pages 5 and 6), DW, 17 December 2018: UN refugee compact: What you need to know, France24, 17 December 2018: UN Assembly adopts refugee pact, without US and Hungary and The Guardian, 19 December 2018: Germany passes immigration law to lure non-EU skilled workers) already lately knows that migration is no longer a hot topic, so that the debate can cool down to find sustainable solutions for future challenges (Deutsche Welle, 20 June 2017: An endless debate on refugees, PBS, 22 January 2018: How the Far Right Has Reshaped the Refugee Debate in Europe, The Guardian, 5 June 2018: Five myths about the refugee crisis and The Guardian, 24 February 2019: African Union seeks to kill EU plan to process migrants in Africa). Between 2015 and 2017 the situation was short-term fascinating, because no one could estimate how many people would actually arrive. In the meantime, the figures have returned to the average level (between 150,000 and 250,000 migrants arrive Germany each year). It turns out that the “Islamization”, that was summoned and longed for by right-wing nationalists, evidently fails because of lack of mass. The number of Muslims living in Germany remains well below 10%. By far the most politically/religiously motivated crimes continue to emanate from right-wing nationalists, especially with regard to Antisemitism (The New York Times, 27 July 2018: ‘They Spit When I Walked in the Street’: The ‘New Anti-Semitism’ in France, DW, 31 July 2018: Europe: Anti-Semitism on the rise? Western European Jews think so, CNN, 2 August 2018: How anti-Semitism crept into Europe’s political mainstream, DW, 8 September 2018: Germany: Jewish restaurant attacked during Chemnitz protests, – Education about the Holocaust and genocide and – Addressing anti-Semitism through education – the paradox is that sections of the European right-wing extremists see Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as a natural ally against Muslims and Islam, because he openly agitates against both (Like father, like son: The Guardian, 17 December 2018: Netanyahu’s son banned from Facebook over hate speech) (and in recent years increasingly adheres to right-wing national governments of all kinds in order to put pressure on liberal governments in this way, so that they might join his Islamophobia and weird world views – The New York Times, 17 January 2014: Sometimes ‘Nazi’ Is the Right Word, Haaretz, 13 December 2018: How Benjamin Netanyahu Became a Holocaust Revisionist), and even visits Israel for “study purposes” (because of the security arrangements towards Palestine (for people with a good sense of humor: The wall to the West Bank, with which Israel walls itself and even pays for it, was realized by an Austrian company. If Hitler and his thugs would knew about it, one could probably expect scornful laughter from the depths of hell. History sometimes writes interesting stories) – Der Spiegel, 8 October 2018: Germany’s Extremism Problem: Officials Zero In on Neo-Nazi Terror Cell, The Guardian, 31 October 2018: I live among the neo-Nazis in eastern Germany. And it’s terrifying, National Socialist Underground, National Socialist Underground trial and Haaretz, 12 December 2018: Netanyahu Is Risking Israel’s Interests by Riding the European Nationalist Tiger). Someone might have told them that Netanyahu is a Jew. Maybe they will find out by themselves), according to official statistics (you know, the ones that are based on facts and figures (March for Science), instead of emotions and feelings). Fortunately for all “concerned citizens”, the number of white, Christian criminals will continue to be the clear majority. The honor of “concerned citizens” is thus permanently rescued and defended. The fairy tale, Chancellor Angela Merkel would be responsible for the wave of refugees, remains to be a fairy tale. In fact, the wave of refugees is to be blamed on the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, his patron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the Daesh terrorists and their respective backing groups – but also the dramatic underfunding of the UN Refugee Agency, which wasn’t able to provide sufficient help to refugees in the refugee camps, who then understandably left the camps to take the long road to Europe. In the reception of war refugees, the Chancellor has had implemented existing legislation and thus fulfilled her legal obligations, while at the same time relieving the autocratic Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán, as well as the entire Balkan route and finally Austria. One can only accuse Angela Merkel of maybe being a bit to naive, when she thought that her EU colleagues would too abide international law and therefore would also take in refugees. This was obviously not the case and doesn’t speak against the Chancellor, but against the lawfulness of the refuseniks, whereas one might even understand the reactions of the former Eastern Bloc countries, because after all, they don’t know the situation that someone want to come to their countries voluntarily. On the contrary, over the decades, thousands of their own countrymen ran away because not even they wanted to live there. There is still a learning process to go through. On the other hand, the reactions from East Germany (if one doesn’t add the part of the country to the former Eastern Bloc), Austria, the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom are completely incomprehensible. These countries have all benefited massively from the EU and immigration. Rights have to be in balance with duties and obligations, because the one doesn’t work without the other. In some EU states, the moral compass for this approach seems to have been lost (or to quote the film Shooter: “Colonel, your moral compass is so fucked up, I’ll be shocked if you manage to find your way back to the parking lot.”). Meanwhile, of the approximately 800,000 refugees who have arrived in Germany since 2015, well over 300,000 are having jobs and this trend is continuing, according to the Federal Office for Labour. The reality is once again much more positive than the small group of Stammtisch hate preachers in the EU want to make us believe. In addition, the public became finally aware that Germany is an immigration country (factually, it has always been the case anyway), and this applies to virtually all other EU states as well. So it is all the more important to continue the for years neglected and actually important political work now, instead of being distracted of doing so by pseudo topics, like the migration debate. After the election of French President Emmanuel Macron and his proposals for reforms (, 26 September 2017: Sorbonne speech of Emmanuel Macron, UN News, 29 April 2019: Hatred ‘a threat to everyone’, declares Guterres calling for global effort to end xenophobia and ‘loathsome rhetoric’, European Jewish Congress, 13 May 2019: Central Council of Jews launches Jewish-Muslim dialogue project, DW, 27 May 2019: EU election: AfD surge in eastern Germany sets up clash of cultures (first the Nazis, then the SED and now obviously other anti-German and constitutional enemies. The Saxons probably need to be commanded what they have to think. They can not think and act independent and self-determined – “God loves crazy people. He makes so many of them!” Nothing speaks against a healthy conservative attitude. Against a nationalistic, xenophobic (and this includes Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. The self-radicalization of the AfD is now very reminiscent of that of the NSDAP. In this respect, it is probably only a matter of time until the party is banned by the Federal Constitutional Court. Just as Sinn Féin is the political arm of the IRA, the AfD is the political arm of right-wing extremists and right-wing terrorists. Fortunately, in times of right-wing terrorism, constitutional, German and EU hostility and threats to the free-democratic basic order, there have always been bright spots: BBC, 20 July 2019: Merkel marks Hitler assassination attempt with anti-extremism appeal), anti-state and anti-constitutional, anti-democratic attitude, however, everything), CNN, 29 May 2019: Angela Merkel warns against dark forces on the rise in Europe, France24, 11 June 2019: France smashes neo-Nazi cell over plot to attack Jews, Muslims, CBS News, 17 June 2019: UN warns of global “groundswell” of hate speech, BBC, 18 June 2019: Teenage neo-Nazis jailed over terror offences, BBC, 19 June 2019: More than 70 million displaced worldwide, says UNHCR, Al Jazeera, 19 June 2019: UN: More than 70 million people displaced worldwide, The Guardian, 20 June 2019: German politicians’ support for refugees prompts death threats, Jerusalem Post, 20 June 2019: Poor nations hosting most refugees worldwide, need more Western help – UN, DW, 22 June 2019: Germany has a terrorism problem, foreign minister says, France24, 22 June 2019: Merkel says neo-Nazis must be tackled “without taboos”, Times of Israel, 22 June 2019: Germany’s Merkel urges crackdown on neo-Nazis, Right-wing terrorism,, 23 June 2019: Extreme right-wing violence on the rise in Germany, Times of Israel, 24 June 2019: Merkel’s party debates the unthinkable — power sharing with the far-right, The Guardian, 24 June 2019: Arab world turns its back on religion – and its ire on the US, The Guardian, 25 June 2019: Acting head of CBP resigns amid outcry over conditions for migrant children, CNN, 25 June 2019: Acting US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders to leave, The Guardian, 26 June 2019: Austrian far-right leader searched on suspicion of forming terrorist group with Christchurch shooter, The New York Times, 26 June 2019: Photo of Drowned Migrants Captures Pathos of Those Who Risk It All, BBC, 26 Jnue 2019: US immigration: Drowning exposes risks of illegal crossing, BBC, 26 Jnue 2019: Migrant crisis: Senate blocks $4.5bn border aid bill, CNN, 26 June 2019: A woman watched her husband and daughter drown at the Mexican border, report says, USA Today, 26 June 2019: ICE hard-liner to replace outgoing CBP commissioner as immigration tensions escalate, Times of Israel, 27 June 2019: 19% of Americans say small businesses should be able to refuse service to Jews, CNN, 27 June 2019: Two more suspects arrested after far-right supporter confesses to killing German pro-immigration politician, The Guardian, 27 June 2019: Bosnian man arrested in Germany over 2015 Paris attacks, The Guardian, 28 June 2019: Western liberalism is obsolete, warns Putin, ahead of May meeting, CNN, 28 June 2018: The end of liberalism? At the G20, Putin sides with the populists, Al Jazeera, 28 June 2019: Putin derides liberalism as ‘obsolete’ before G20 summit, Times of Israel, 28 June 2019: 8 far-right German extremists charged over plan to start violent uprising, The Guardian, 28 June 2019: France: Online hate speech bill aims to wipe out racist trolling, Times of Israel, 29 June 2019: White supremacist given life sentence for Charlottesville car attack, The Washington Post, 29 June 2019: Putin’s attack on Western values was familiar. The U.S. reaction was not., France24, 30 June 2019: Sea-Watch captain defends ‘disobedience’ as backers raise 350,000 euros, CNN, 1 July 2019: Canadian cartoonist loses job after illustration of Trump went viral, The Guardian, 1 July 2019: CNN, 1 July 2019: ‘Precipitous’ fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed, Reuters, 1 July 2019: German migrant rescue ship captain goes before Italian court, The Guardian, 2 July 2019: More than €1m raised for rescue ship captain detained in Italy, France24, 2 July 2019: Italian judge frees detained Sea Watch captain, Al Jazeera, 3 July 2019: Sea-Watch hails Italian court’s decision to free Carola Rackete (good to see that the Italian judiciary works and the neo-fascist Salvini and his German mouthpiece AfD are sended to their intended places in the offside), Reuters, 2 July 2019: Italian judge says German captain acted to protect human life – ruling, Reuters, 3 July 2019: We condemn threats against sea rescuers like Sea-Watch captain, Germany says, The New York Times, 3 July 2019: The Far Right Says There’s Nothing Dirtier Than Internationalism — But They Depend on It, France24, 5 July 2019: Sea-Watch captain to sue Italy’s Salvini for defamation (to sue hate preachers is always a good thing, even if, like in this case, it is only of symbolic nature), Times of Israel, 5 July 2019: Former Miss Iraq: Arab-Israeli conflict ‘deeply rooted’ in anti-Semitism, CNN, 4 July 2019: An off-duty police officer shot dead an unarmed black teen, sparking riots. But it didn’t happen where you think (Operation Moses and Operation Salomon), Times of Israel, 4 July 2019: ‘Millions share your grief,’ Erdan tells family of slain Ethiopian-Israeli teen, Haaretz, 5 July 2019: ‘Not MLK, but Malcolm X’: Is Israel Having Its Black Lives Matter Moment?, Times of Israel, 5 July 2019: Manslaughter charges said off the table for policeman who shot Ethiopian Israeli, Haaretz, 5 July 2019: For Progressive Jewish American Activists, ‘Never Again Is Now’ – and Israel Is Yesterday’s News, Arab News, 5 July 2019: German rescue captain to sue Italy’s Salvini over migrant comments, Haaretz, 3 July 2019: No One Did Anything to Defuse the Ethiopian-Israeli ‘Time Bomb’, Haaretz, 4 July 2019: Israel Might Apologize to Ethiopians but Will Keep Shooting at Unarmed Gazans, The New York Times, 5 July 2019: An Immigration Policy Worse Than Trump’s, DW, 6 July 2019: Germans march in solidarity with Sea-Watch, France24, 6 July 2019: Second migrant rescue boat docks in Italy, defying Salvini, France24, 7 July 2019: How Sea-Watch ‘battle of the captains’ exposed Salvini’s disregard for rule of law, France24, 9 July 2019: France’s lower house passes online hate speech law, France24, 9 July 2019: Italy’s Salvini closes migrant centre in Sicily, Times of Israel, 9 July 2019: Israel’s education minister: Intermarriage among US Jews ‘like second Holocaust’, France24, 9 July 2019: Dozens of migrants rescued at sea as Italy closes key migrant centre, Times of Israel, 9 July 2019: Israel pushes back on US report spotlighting religious freedom woes, Haaretz, 10 July 2019: Intermarriage Among Diaspora Jews Is ‘Like a Second Holocaust,’ Israel’s Education Minister Says, The New York Times, 10 July 2019: Megan Rapinoe Steals the Show at the Women’s World Cup Parade, France24, 11 July 2019: World Cup star Rapinoe calls for equal pay for women’s team at NYC victory parade, USA Today, 11 July 2019: Opinion: Megan Rapinoe embodies all the swagger, fearlessness of the US World Cup team, Times of Israel, 11 July 2019: Time puts Netanyahu on the cover, says he ‘tests the limits of power’, The New York Times, 10 July 2019: Audio Suggests Secret Plan for Russians to Fund Party of Italy’s Salvini, The Guardian, 11 July 2019: Italian prosecutors investigate League over alleged Russian oil deal claims, France24, 11 July 2019: Italy’s Salvini denies his far-right League party took funds from Russia, CNN, 11 July 2019: Investigation into a possible scheme between Russia and Italian political party, Haaretz, 11 July 2019: Israel’s Education Minister Just Said Most American Jews Are Dead to Him, France24, 11 July 2019: Generation Identity: France’s direct-action, far-right youth group, Haaretz, 11 July 2019: An Israeli Rock Star Tries to Figure Out Where Zionism Went Wrong, Times of Israel, 12 July 2019: When American Jews described their own intermarriage as a ‘Second Holocaust’, The New York Times, 12 July 2019: Trump’s Ominous Attempt to Redefine Human Rights, The Washington Post, 12 July 2019: ‘This is tough stuff’: At Texas detention facility, Pence sees hundreds of migrants crammed with no beds, Der Spiegel, 12 July 2019: Far-Right AfD: Germany’s Populist Party Embraces Its Extremist Wing, France24, 14 July 2019: Trump tells left-wing Democrat congresswomen to leave US, CNN, 14 July 2019: Israeli Cabinet minister suggests gay conversion therapy ‘is possible’, The National, 14 July 2019: Trump’s social media summit reveals a new and darkly authoritarian, post-truth information order, Times of Israel, 14 July 2019: Leave the US, Trump tells liberal Democratic congresswomen, CNN, 14 July 2019: AOC responds to Trump’s racist attacks: ‘You cannot accept that we don’t fear you’, The New York Times, 14 July 2019: Trump’s Tweets Prove That He Is a Raging Racist, Jerusalem Post, 15 July 2019: Luxembourg PM avoids dinner for Israeli envoy due to Rafi Peretz comments, Al Jazeera, 15 July 2019. ‘Disgusting, racist’: Trump slammed for attack on congresswomen, The National, 15 July 2019: EU should charter flights to carry migrants, says Italian minister, BBC, 15 July 2019: Italy seizes ‘combat-ready’ missile in raids on far right, The Guardian, 15 July 2019: Former German spy chief causes alarm by sharing far-right tweets, Pew Research Center, 15 July 2019: A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World, Jerusalem Post, 15 July 2019: Knesset discusses the government “embarrassment” in integrating Ethiopians, CNN, 16 July 2019: Italian police seized an air-to-air missile and Nazi paraphernalia from three men, Times of Israel, 16 July 2019: Israel’s gay justice minister to Luxembourg’s gay PM: You shun us, but not Iran? (at least Bettel has a point here, by comparing the two democratic theocracies of the Middle East, Israel and Iran ;-) ), CNN, 16 July 2019: Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Trump, cites sexual assault allegations, The National, 16 July 2019: Italian neo-Nazis and Ukrainian foreign fighters secured destructive weapon, Jerusalem Post, 16 July 2019: Trump, Netanyahu are both racists, says Arab MK in defense of congresswomen, France24, 16 July 2019: Trump renews attacks on four Democratic congresswomen, Times of Israel, 16 July 2019: Liberal US Jews say Trump is weaponizing Israel to defend his racist tweets, Times of Israel, 16 July 2019: Palestinians press EU to help prevent East Jerusalem home demolitions, Jerusalem Post, 16 July 2019: EU concerned by pending Palestinian home demolitions near Jerusalem, Arab News, 16 July 2019: Palestinian refugees protest Lebanese Labor Ministry restrictions, BBC, 16 July 2019: What Americans make of Trump ‘go back’ tweets, CNN, 16 July 2019: Backlash after Trump’s racist tweets, The Guardian, 16 July 2019: Dutch police are being infiltrated by criminal gangs, report says, CNN, 16 July 2019: House votes to condemn Trump’s racist tweets, The New York Times, 16 July 2019: House Votes to Condemn Trump’s Language as Racist, The Washington Post, 16 July 2019: House votes to condemn Trump’s racist remarks, Times of Israel, 17 July 2019: US House condemns Trump’s racist tweets in extraordinary rebuke, BBC, 17 July 2019: US House condemns Trump’s attacks on four congresswomen, France24, 17 July 2019: US House condemns Trump over ‘racist comments’ tweeted at congresswomen, Times of Israel, 17 July 2019: Israel has almost as many religious restrictions as Iran, report says, Al Jazeera, 17 July 2019: US House condemns Trump’s racist attack on four congresswomen, Saudi Gazette, 17 July 2019: US House votes to condemn Trump’s ‘racist comments’, Gulf News, 17 July 2019: Trump’s racist rant un-American, CNN, 17 July 2019: The House has condemned Donald Trump’s racist tweets. Now what?, The New York Times, 17 July 2019: Trump Is Racist to the Bone, Palestine Chronicle, 17 July 2019: Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon Protest Foreign Labor Crackdown (VIDEO), BBC, 18 July 2019: Trump sparks condemnation after supporters chant ‘send her back’ (and his supporters are obviously rasists too), CNN, 18 July 2019: ‘Send her back!’ chant shows Trump’s ugly plan to get reelected, Al Jazeera, 18 July 2019: Crowds chant ‘send her back’ as Trump renews attack on Ilhan Omar, Haaretz, 17 July 2019: Trump’s ‘Go Home’ Invective Echoes Nazi Incitement Against Jews, France24, 18 July 2019: Sea-Watch captain Rackete faces Italian prosecutor over migrant rescue, Al Jazeera, 18 July 2019: Rescue vessel Sea-Watch captain questioned in Italy over migrants, Al Jazeera, 18 July 2019: Trump’s racism and American exceptionalism, Haaretz, 19 July 2019: How to Deal With Racist Leaders Who ‘Love’ Jews, Haaretz, 20 July 2019: When Jews Praised Mussolini and Supported Nazis: Meet Israel’s First Fascists,, 20 July 2019: How Trump changed after Charlottesville (bad enough for the US that a white racist is sitting in the White House. At the same time, as the Office of the US President serves as a role model, racist despots around the globe now feel encouraged that “their cause” has something good to offer, although the exact opposite is the case), Al Jazeera, 20 July 2019: Why Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are protesting, Haaretz, 20 July 2019: Trump Defends Racist Supporters Who Called to ‘Send Back’ Omar: ‘Incredible Patriots’, The Washington Post, 19 July 2019: Trump vows congresswomen ‘can’t get away with’ criticizing U.S., DW, 20 July 2019: Germany: Merkel commemorates Hitler assassination plot 75 years after ‘Operation Valkyrie’, The Guardian, 20 July 2019: Donald Trump in new attack on Sadiq Khan with Katie Hopkins retweet, DW, 20 July 2019: Protesters against German neo-Nazi rally gather in Kassel, France24, 20 July 2019: Polish Gay Pride marchers defy stone-throwing hooligans, The New York Times, 21 July 2019: Trump Sets the Terms on Racial Division. Do Democrats Know What to Do?, Times of Israel, 21 July 2019: Trump says minority congresswomen should ‘apologize to America and Israel’, The Guardian, 21 July 2019: By the Jaffa Gate, final showdown looms in battle over Jerusalem’s historic hotel, CNN, 21 July 2019: Polish city holds first LGBTQ pride parade despite far-right violence, Palestine Chronicle, 20 July 2019: Trump’s Blunder Empowers The Squad and Unites Anti-Racists, Reuters, 21 July 2019: ‘Apologize to America,’ Trump tells Democratic congresswomen, CNN, 22 July 2019: A top CEO calls out Trump’s racism, CNN, 22 July 2019: Here’s the British bigot who Trump retweets, The Washington Post, 22 July 2019: Trump accuses four minority congresswomen of being “very racist” and “not very smart” (as “Racist in Chief” and “Master of Not-Smartness”, he is, of course, the right person to judge and classify), The Guardian, 22 July 2019: Trump attacks the Squad as ‘very racist group of troublemakers’, The Hill, 22 July 2019: Trump attacks the ‘Squad’ as ‘Racist group of troublemakers’, Al Jazeera, 22 July 2019: US Republican group apologises for racist ‘Jihad Squad’ post, Al Arabiya, 22 July 2019: EU countries agree to new migrant influx mechanism: Macron, France24, 22 July 2019: EU countries agree on new scheme to allocate migrants across bloc, BBC, 23 July 2019: Ocasio-Cortez: Officers sacked for post suggesting lawmaker be shot, The National, 24 July 2019: Far-right German man wounds Eritrean in shooting and turns gun, killing himself, Arab News, 24 July 2019: ‘Zionist pig’: Boris Johnson is latest victim of UK-based hate preacher Mohammed Al-Massari’s rants, The Guardian, 26 July 2019: From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise – backed by billionaire oligarchs, Mexico–United States border, NPR, 26 July 2019: Supreme Court Lets Trump Border Wall Move Forward, But Legal Fight Still Looms, Al Jazeera, 27. July 2019: Outrage as Trump brands mostly black Baltimore ‘infested mess’, Times of Israel, 27 July 2019: Trump labels Baltimore ‘infested mess,’ sparking fresh outrage, BBC, 27 July 2019: US Supreme Court gives go-ahead for Trump wall funding, USA Today, 27 July 2019: Supreme Court allows border wall spending in battle between President Donald Trump and liberal opponents, Saudi Gazette, 28 July 2019: The Trump border wall’s slow march towards reality,, 28 July 2019: Trump fumes over border wall as budget deal advances, Saudi Gazette, 28 July 2019: Dozens of migrants still stuck on vessel in Italy port, BBC, 28 July 2019: Trump’s ‘rat-infested’ attack on lawmaker was racist, says Pelosi, The Guardian, 27 July 2019: Trump slams ‘rat-infested’ district – but his own restaurant had a rodent problem, huffpost, 27 July 2019: Baltimore Sun Pens Fiery Response To Trump: Better To Have Rats Than Be One, Haaretz, 28 July 2019: Trump’s ‘Rodent-infested’ Rhetoric Shows How Germany and the World Stayed Silent, CNN, 29 July 2019: Trump keeps up fight with black community by launching feud with Sharpton, The New York Times, 29 July 2019: Trump Widens War on Race Critics While Embracing Black Pastors, Al Jazeera, 29 July 2019: The United States is a banana republic, Times of Israel, 30 July 2019: Baltimore Jews rally behind ‘true ally’ Cummings after Trump attacks,, 29 July 2019: Italy receives more asylum seekers from Germany than from Libya, The Guardian, 31 July 2019: Far-right AfD criticised for exploiting death of boy at Frankfurt station, The Guardian, 31 July 2019: Is this fascism? No. Could it become fascism? Yes, Jerusalem Post, 2 August 2019: Neo-Nazi organization preaches to turn US states into “white ethno-state”, BBC, 2 August 2019: Baltimore – A city criticised by Trump hits back, The Guardian, 3 August 2019: Sicilian fishermen risk prison to rescue migrants: ‘No human would turn away’, The Guardian, 4 August 2019: Once migrants on Mediterranean were saved by naval patrols. Now they have to watch as drones fly over, DW, 5 August 2019: EU border force Frontex implicated in migrant abuse, DW, 5 August 2019: Germany’s far-right AfD fuels xenophobia with distorted crime figures — study, The New York Times, 5 August 2019: Trump Is a White Nationalist Who Inspires Terrorism,, 6 August 2019: Cyprus asks Brussels to relocate 5,000 asylum seekers, The Guardian, 6 August 2019: New York Times changes front-page Trump headline after backlash, The New York Times, 6 August 2019: A Times Headline About Trump Stoked Anger. A Top Editor Explains., The Washington Post, 7 August 2019: Trump lashes out after New York Times amends ‘bad’ headline about his response to mass shootings, The Atlantic, 7 August 2019: ‘I Know People Want a Richer, More Thoughtful Explanation’, The Atlantic, 7 August 2019: Don’t Give White Nationalists the Post-9/11 Treatment, The New Yorker, 7 August 2019: Why Do Americans Feel That There’s No One to Help Us?, The New Yorker, 7 August 2019: Trump Demands Facebook Investigate Why Obama’s Post Got So Many Likes, The Guardian, 7 August 2019: FC Schalke decision to clear chairman of racism condemned, Al Jazeera, 7 August 2019: Outrage in US as photo shows police leading black man by a rope, The Guardian, 7 August 2019: The American right wing is enabling a dual crisis: gun violence and white supremacy, The New York Times, 7 August 2019: The El Paso Screed, and the Racist Doctrine Behind It, The Guardian, 7 August 2019: When is Trump going to take white supremacist terror seriously?, France24, 7 August 2019: Hundreds protest as Trump visits site of mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, BBC, 8 August 2019: Far-right fears: Berlin neighbourhood fights back, CNN, 9 August 2019: Trump defends ICE raid strategy, Al Jazeera, 9 August 2019: Why Trump’s America is more divided than ever, Times of Israel, 9 August 2019: Jewish security experts call for 9/11-style response to fight white supremacists, The Guardian, 10 August 2019: ‘This is white nationalism’: Biden and Buttigieg condemn Trump’s actions, Al Jazeera, 10 August 2019: Racism and narcissism: America’s original sin, Saudi Gazette, 10 August 2019: Far-right conference in Lisbon draws hundreds on to streets in protest, Times of Israel, 9 August 2019: White supremacists have murdered at least 73 since Charlottesville, ADL says, The New York Times, 10 August 2019: The new nativists: The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism, Al Jazeera, 13 August 2019: The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh (BBC, 9 June 2011: Prince Philip at 90 on a lifetime of speaking his mind, BBC, 4 May 2017: Prince Philip to step down from carrying out royal engagements, BBC, 4 May 2017: Prince Philip’s gaffes from decades on royal duty), France24, 15 August 2019: Salvini overruled as six EU countries welcome migrants aboard rescue ship, Trump’s “very fine people” at work: CNN, 17 August 2019: Why El Paso and other recent attacks in the US are modern-day lynchings, BBC, 17 August 2019: Portland braced for far-right rally and antifa counter-demo, France24, 20 August 2019: Madrid sending navy vessel to escort Open Arms migrants to Spain, Reuters, 20 August 2019: Spain sending navy ship to bring Open Arms migrants to Spain, France24, 20 August 2019: Migrants on Open Arms ship disembark in Lampedusa in surprising about-face from Italy, Arab News, 22 August 2019: EU’s immigration rules in dire need of a rewrite, The National, 25 August 2019: Germans protest against racism at far-right stronghold, Times of Israel, 25 August 2019: Thousands march against racism in Germany as far-right AfD surges in local polls,, 26 August 2019: The alt-right manifesto that has Trumpworld talking, Times of Israel, 26 August 2019: Far-right surge in Germany rattles guardians of Nazi-era remembrance, The National, 28 August 2019: Tony Blair Institute demands new laws to fight rise of far right, France24, 29 August 2019: French far-right activists handed jail time for Alpine anti-migrant operation, BBC, 29 August 2019: Ilhan Omar reveals racist threat to shoot her at state fair, Israel Hayom, 30 August 2019: Germany to make it easier for descendants of refugees to acquire citizenship,, 31 August 2019: Migration commissioner calls on EU countries to step up resettlement,, 5 September 2019: Has Europe Reached Peak Populism?, Arab News, 7 September 2019: We must never let our guard down against forces of evil, Saudi Gazette, 9 September 2019: China slams US Xinjiang remarks as ‘lies’, France24, 10 September 2019: Outrage after neo-Nazi, sole candidate, elected to local office in Germany, Times of Israel, 15 September 2019: ‘German money kills Jews’ graffitied on European Union mission in Israel, Haaretz, 15 September 2019: Israeli Right-wing Activist, Caught on Video, Admits to Vandalizing EU Embassy in Israel,, 16 September 2019: EU condemns ‘deplorable’ vandalism at embassy in Israel, Politico, 19 September 2019: Macron and Conte’s show of unity,, 20 September 2019: Italy needs EU help to break with Salvini on migration,, 20 September 2019: 4-country deal points to shift in EU migration policy, Gulf Times, 23 September 2019: Key EU countries agree on redistribution scheme for sea migrants, The Washington Post, 29 September 2019: Trump is making America meek, churlish and inhospitable, The Guardian, 30 September 2019: Neo-Nazi ‘terrorist cell’ on trial over alleged Berlin attack plot, The Guardian, 30 September 2019: Poll finds most Americans disapprove of Trump on race relations,, 4 October 2019: For Ukrainians in Poland, jobs but no security, The National, 4 October 2019: Greece says Turkey can and must control migrant flows to Europe, DW, 4 October 2019: Top EU officials in Turkey to save refugee pact, The Guardian, 4 October 2019: Greek PM: EU states must do more to share burden of hosting refugees, Times of Israel, 7 October 2019: Rabbinate DNA tests seek Jewishness in the blood, become a bone of contention (ever heard of DNA/race checks during the past century, that shall make sure, that you belong to the “right people”? Greetings from Germany), The Guardian, 8 October 2019: If we can’t call racism by its name, diversity will remain a meaningless buzzword, The Guardian, 10 October 2019: Turkish president threatens to send 3.6m refugees to Europe (a not particularly clever trick of the sultan to try to disguise his invasion of Syria on television. That does not work. On the other hand: He is a follower of the Muslim Brotherhood. That given, it was almost an intellectual masterpiece – Racism in Turkey), Jerusalem Post, 11 October 2019: ADL: There is a link between extremists in Europe and in the US, Times of Israel, 11 October 2019: British military cemetery vandalized with swastikas in Haifa, Times of Israel, 11 October 2019: Germany: 12,000 far-right extremists with ‘a very high affinity for firearms’, Israel Hayom, 13 October 2019: Germany has allowed anti-Semitism to flourish once again (after a week of confusion, debate, but also grief and anger, the federal government concedes that right-wing extremism and right-wing terrorism are again a major problem in Germany, greater than Islamist terrorism. Out of 24,000 right-wing extremists, at least 12,000 are violent and armed. The result is that a center of defense against right-wing extremism and terrorism will be established, which will be a copy of the center of defense against Islamist terrorism and will only differ in that the groups of offenders are different), Haaretz, 13 October 2019: Welcome to Halle: Neo-Nazi Hate Speech and Protests Against the Far Right, The Guardian, 13 October 2019: There is a crisis on campuses – but it’s about racism, not free speech, Haaretz, 13 October 2019: ‘Death to anti-Semitism’: Thousands Protest in Berlin in Wake of Halle Synagogue Shooting, Israel Hayom, 15 October 2019: How sincere is German political remorse over Yom Kippur attack?, CNN, 15 October 2019: Bulgaria charged over racist chanting at England match, Jerusalem Post, 15 October 2019: German politician says Halle shooting caused ‘only property damage’, The National, 16 October 2019: ‘ISIS backer’ arrested over historic cathedral bomb plot, BBC, 22 October 2019: Norway ambulance hijack: Oslo rampage leaves three hurt, Jerusalem Post, 22 October 2019: ‘Don’t take Jews, Christians’ as allies, Turkish ad warns, BBC, 23 October 2019: Essex lorry deaths: 39 bodies found in shipping container, CNN, 23 October 2019: Essex investigation after 39 bodies found in truck container, Irish Times, 23 October 2019: Essex: ‘It doesn’t matter who they are or what they are. It’s 39 peoples’ lives’, BBC, 24 October 2019: Essex lorry deaths: 39 found dead were Chinese nationals, Gulf Times, 26 October 2019: Majority of 39 UK truck victims likely from Vietnam: priest, The Guardian, 27 October 2019: Far-right AfD surges to second place in German state election (in fact, just little under 1/4 of the Thuringian voters have voted for the right-wing extremist AfD. Apparently, even 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, parts of the East don’t want to live without dictatorship, be it from the left or the right), BBC, 27 October 2019: Germany AfD: Far right ‘overtake Merkel’s party’ in Thuringia, DW, 27 October 2019: Germany’s Left party tops Thuringia election, AfD surges to second — projections, BBC, 27 October 2019: Germany AfD: Far right ‘overtake Merkel’s party’ in Thuringia, The National, 27 October 2019: Merkel set to be overtaken by far-right party in Thuringia regional election, Times of Israel, 27 October 2019: Germany’s far-right AfD more than doubles its power in eastern heartland vote, France24, 28 October 2019: Jewish groups voice fear over German far-right surge, Times of Israel, 28 October 2019: Jewish groups voice fear over German far-right surge, Jüdische Allgemeine, 28 October 2019: Thuringia: “Cheap racist propaganda”, CNN, 28 October 2019: How a former history teacher led a far-right surge in eastern Germany, Jerusalem Post, 29 October 2019: German Jews and Muslims worry as far-right party makes electoral gains, Jerusalem Post, 29 October 2019: Spy chief says right-wing radicalism spreads in Germany,, 30 October 2019: Germany to tighten hate speech law to fight far-right violence, BBC, 30 October 2019: Barack Obama challenges ‘woke’ culture,, 30 October 2019: Germany lays down marker for online hate speech laws,, 31 October 2019: 3 EU countries broke law by refusing to take in refugees, says court lawyer, Jerusalem Post, 1 November 2019: Germany takes action to combat hate crimes in response to synagogue attck, BBC, 2 November 2019: Dresden: The German city that declared a ‘Nazi emergency’, CNN, 2 November 2019: German city of Dresden declares ‘Nazi emergency’, CNN, 2 November 2019: Washington Post: Border agents say smugglers in Mexico are sawing through parts of Trump’s border wall, The Washingotn Post, 2 November 2019: Smugglers are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall, Al Jazeera, 2 November 2019: Eastern German city Dresden declares ‘Nazi emergency’, BBC, 2 November 2019: Dresden: The German city that declared a ‘Nazi emergency’, Times of Israel, 3 November 2019: Germany grants refugee status to Iranian judo champ who fled country, The Guardian, 4 November 2019: White supremacist Richard Spencer makes racist slurs on tape leaked by rival, The National, 5 November 2019: British politicians must do more to tackle extremism, says top adviser, Times of Israel, 5 November 2019: Merkel: Discontent doesn’t confer a ‘right to hatred’, UNITED for Intercultural Action, The Washington Post, 8 November 2019: For migrants giving up on Europe, Greece offers a way out: Voluntary deportation, Al Jazeera, 8 November 2019: How the Berlin Wall became a monument to American racial division, Haaretz, 10 November 2019: Only a Jew Can Be an Israeli, Jerusalem Post, 11 November 2019: UK rabbi: Jews should ‘give up lives’ rather than bow to school LGBT policy, Haaretz, 11 November 2019: Saudi State Video Labels Feminism, Atheism, Homosexuality as Extremist Ideas, The Guardian, 12 November 2019: Nativism is driving the far-right surge in Europe – and it is here to stay, The Guardian, 13 November 2019: Michael Gove is peddling the same old immigration myths, NPR, 12 November 2019: FBI Reports Dip In Hate Crimes, But Rise In Violence, Arab News, 16 November 2019: Germany arrests woman, accused of joining Daesh, on return home, Der Spiegel, 21 November 2019: German Doomsday Preppers: Harmless Stockpilers or Neo-Nazi Survivalists?, Reuters, 23 November 2019: Germany again deports Lebanese gang leader Ibrahim Miri, Times of Israel, 23 November 2019: Over 5,000 demonstrate against 100 German far-right protesters, The National, 24 November 2019: Award-winning author Laila Lalami subject to three ‘random’ TSA pat downs in one week, The National, 25 November 2019: European ISIS crackdown uncovers more than 26,000 pieces of terror material, NPR, 25 November 2019: Islamic State ‘Not Present On The Internet Anymore’ Following European Operation, Haaretz, 26 November 2019: Israeli Far-right Supremacist Charged With Incitement to Violence, Racism and Terror, DW, 28 November 2019: Ambitious migration museum planned for Cologne (Documentation Center and Museum of Migration in Germany: The Central Museum of Migration), The Guardian, 28 November 2019: Italian police uncover Nazi plot as 19 arrested and weapons seized, France24, 29 November 2019: France puts 20 suspects on trial over 2015 November 13 Paris attacks, The Guardian, 29 November 2019: Given Britain’s history it’s no surprise that racism still infects our politics,, 29 November 2019: Two dead, suspect shot by UK police in terror incident, NPR, 29 November 2019: 2 Dead, 3 Injured In Terrorist Incident Near London Bridge, (About the Reichsparteitag of the AfD in Braunschweig: Al Jazeera, 29 November 2019: Germany’s far-right AfD to pick new leaders as hardliners rise, Reuters, 30 November 2019: Germany’s far-right AfD eyes path to government with new leaders,, 30 November 2019: Huge protests as Germany’s far-right AfD picks new leaders, Saudi Gazette, 30 November 2019: Germany’s far-right AfD elects new leaders as radicals rise,, 30 November 2019: German far-right AfD party picks new leader), France24, 30 November 2019: London Bridge attacker had been convicted for terror crimes, The Guardian, 30 November 2019: Narwhal tusk and fire extinguisher used to tackle London Bridge attacker, BBC, 30 November 2019: London Bridge: Attacker had been convicted of terror offence, CNN, 30 November 2019: Acts of heroism emerge after London terror attack, The Guardian, 30 November 2019: London Bridge attacker had asked for help to deradicalise – lawyer, Al Jazeera, 30 November 2019: ‘Heroic’ bystanders praised for tackling London Bridge attacker, Arab News, 30 November 2019: London Bridge attacker had been convicted of terrorism offenses but released last year, The National, 30 November 2019: UK’s security measures under scrutiny after convicted terrorist killed two people in London Bridge knife rampage, Gulf Times, 30 November 2019: London attacker released last year after terrorism offences, prompting recriminations, The Guardian, 30 November 2019: The day after at London Bridge: ‘We are still here, singing’, The Guardian, 4 December 2019: Grenade thrown at migrant children’s centre in Madrid, Jerusalem Post, 7 December 2019: Meet the movement that wants conservatives to be racist and antisemitic, Al Jazeera, 18 December 2019: International Migrant Day: 272 million migrants worldwide in 2019, The Guardian, 19 December 2019: More members of Angela Merkel’s party found to have ‘prepper’ links, Arab News, 20 December 2019: Globalization’s values are being held hostage by right-wing populism, DW, 23 December 2019: Open-minded Germans must speak up to counter rightward drift, BBC, 23 December 2019: Syria war: Turkey can’t handle new ‘refugee wave’, says Erdogan, The National, 23 December 2019: Erdogan: Turkey cannot handle latest wave of Syrian migrants,, 23 December 2019: The rise of the gastronationalists, DW, 24 December 2019: Brussels calls on Germany to take children from Greek migrant camps, NPR, 25 December 2019: In Christmas Day Message, Pope Francis Shines Light On Migrant Suffering, NPR, 30 December 2019: West Virginia Governor Approves Firing All Cadets Who Posed In Nazi-Like Salute Photo, CNN, 31 December 2019: All the cadets pictured giving a Nazi salute will be fired, West Virginia governor says, The National, 31 December 2019: Europe’s decade of migration chaos, France24, 4 January 2020: French prosecutors treating deadly stabbing outside Paris as terror attack, The Guardian, 5 January 2020: Most Swiss ‘reject far-right plan to end free movement with EU’, NPR, 13 January 2020: DOJ Says 21 Saudi Cadets Being Expelled From U.S. Over Extremist, Child Porn Content, BBC, 14 January 2020: US expels 21 Saudi military cadets after gun attack, Al Jazeera, 14 January 2020: US expels 21 Saudi cadets after Florida naval base attack probe, The Guardian, 14 January 2020: Deutsche Welle staff speak out about alleged racism and bullying,, 14 January 2020: French far-right site powered from Poland,, 16 January 2020: German police investigate report of bullet holes at black MP’s office, Al Arabiya, 19 January 2020: Foreign correspondent attacked at Greek far-right protest, BBC, 22 January 2020: Trump says he plans to expand US travel ban,, 24 January 2020: Germany’s double-standard racism, BBC, 24 January 2020: Neo-Nazi Rinaldo Nazzaro running US militant group The Base from Russia, NPR, 31 January 2020: Trump Administration To Curb Immigrants From 6 Nations, Including Nigeria, The Guardian, 31 January 2020: Trump administration unveils expanded travel ban, The Guardian, 1 February 2020: Police called in after poster tells residents of flats to speak English Al Jazeera, 2 February 2020: Trump’s expanded travel ban sows fear in communities across US, Haaretz, 2 February 2020: America’s neo-Nazi Terrorists Have a Powerful New Patron: Vladimir Putin, DW, 4 February 2020: Germany: Half of refugees find jobs within five years, Al Jazeera, 8 February 2020: Neo-Nazis from across Europe rally in Budapest, NPR, 13 February 2020: Trump Administration Diverts $3.8 Billion In Pentagon Funding To Border Wall, France24, 13 February 2020: US Pentagon transfers another $3.8 billion to building Trump’s Mexico border wall, Times of Israel, 14 February 2020: 12 Germans detained for far-right terrorism, planning attacks on minorities, The Guardian, 14 February 2020: German police arrest 12 men on far-right terrorism charges, Times of Israel, 14 February 2020: Program for rehabilitating ‘hilltop youth’ sees them as dropouts, not criminals (of course, because Netanyahu’s racist Likudniks can’t be criminals at all, they can only be “true patriots”. Trump calls his right-wing extremists “very fine people”, so why shouldn’t Netanyahu do the same?), NPR, 14 February 2020: Between President Trump’s Border Wall And The Rio Grande Lies A ‘No Man’s Land’, France24, 17 February 2020: EU threatens tougher rules on hate speech after Facebook meeting,, 17 February 2020: Brussels pushes back on Zuckerberg pitch,, 19 February 2020: Berlin moves ahead with tougher hate speech legislation, The Washington Post, 20 February 2020: German prosecutors say “xenophobic” motivation suspected in shooting attack, France24, 20 February 2020: German investigators probe ‘xenophobic motive’ in shisha bar shootings, BBC, 20 February 2020: Germany shooting: ‘Far-right extremist’ carried out shisha bars attacks, CNN, 20 February 2020: Nine killed at two shisha bars in Germany in suspected far-right attack, The Guardian, 20 February 2020: Germany attack: shisha bar gunman kills 10 in Hanau, France24, 20 February 2020: Suspect in German shisha bar shootings posted racist manifesto online, prosecutors say, BBC, 20 February 2020: Germany shooting: Investigation into ‘deeply racist’ gunman’s links, The Guardian, 20 February 2020: Hanau attack reveals ‘poison’ of racism in Germany, says Merkel, Irish Times, 20 February 2020: Merkel condemns ‘poison’ of racism after gunman kills nine in Germany, CNN, 20 February 2020: Shisha bar attack is the latest sign that Germany has a big far-right problem, NPR, 20 February 2020: Shootings In Germany Kill 10; Police Suspect Far-Right Extremism, Al Jazeera, 20 February 2020: Germany shisha lounge shootings: All the latest updates, Times of Israel, 20 February 2020: German shooter reportedly wanted to ‘eliminate’ Israel, other Mideast countries, The National, 20 February 2020: Germany shootings: Mass killer infected with ‘poison’ of racism,, 20 February 2020: Stop calling far-right terrorists ‘crazy’,, 20 February 2020: Extreme-right killings leave Merkel coalition searching for answers, The Guardian, 21 February 2020: German far-right party AfD accused of fuelling hate after Hanau attack, France24, 21 February 2020: Germany tightens security at mosques, other sites after far-right shootings,, 21 February 2020: German hate speech crackdown sparks censorship fears, Al Arabiya, 21 February 2020: Saudi FM condemns terrorist attack which killed nine in Germany’s Hanau, Jerusalem Post, 21 February 2020: White supremacists work together, united by hatred of Jews, immigrants, The National, 22 February 2020: Hanau victims’ tears as Germany vows to tackle far right crisis, Al Jazeera, 23 February 2020: In the wake of Hanau, an annual neo-Nazi rally is banned in Sofia, BBC, 24 February 2020: Car drives into carnival crowd in German town Volkmarsen, CNN, 24 February 2020: Car ‘intentionally’ plows into carnival crowd in Germany, The Guardian, 24 February 2020: Children among the injured after car drives into German carnival,, 25 February 2020: Anger and ‘fatigue’ on Greek islands over migration limbo, Haaretz, 26 February 2020: Neo-Nazis Failed to March in an EU Capital This Week – but Their Network Is Growing, The Washington Post, 27 February 2020: Five arrested, accused of targeting journalists as part of neo-Nazi Atomwaffen group, France24, 27 February 2020: German teen Naomi Seibt, the darling of climate change deniers, The National, 29 February 2020: Syria crisis: Greek police clash with migrants on Turkish border, Al Jazeera, 28 February 2020: In Germany, racism is becoming more mainstream, The Guardian, 29 February 2020: Erdoğan says border will stay open as Greece tries to repel influx, Al Arabiya, 29 February 2020: Clashes between migrants, Greek police erupt on Turkish border, France24, 29 February 2020: Thousands of migrants gather on Turkey-Greece border amid Erdogan border threat, The Guardian, 29 February 2020: Erdoğan says border will stay open as Greece tries to repel influx,, 29 February 2020: Violence at Greek border as migrants head for Europe, Al Jazeera, 1 March 2020: Greece on the defensive as Turkey opens border to refugees,, 1 March 2020: Frontex sends reinforcements to Greece amid migrant crisis, France24, 2 March 2020: Syrian migrant killed as thousands attempt to cross from Turkey into Greece, BBC, 2 March 2020: Turkey says millions of migrants may head to EU, CNN, 2 March 2020: A migration crisis and disagreement with Turkey is the last thing Europe needs right now, NPR, 2 March 2020: Migrants Again Try To Leave Turkey For Europe, But This Time The Gate Is Closed, The National, 2 March 2020: Is Turkey creating another European migrant crisis?, France24, 3 March 2020: Erdogan warns Europe to expect ‘millions’ of migrants after Turkey opens borders,, 3 March 2020: EU presidents back Greece in migration standoff with Turkey, The Guardian, 3 March 2020: EU praises Greece as ‘shield’ after Turkey opens border, Die Zeit vom 04.03.2020: Racism: This Is Our Home, France24, 4 February 2020: EU members back Greek migrant crackdown, Arab News, 4 February 2020: EU backs Greece and rejects Turkish ‘use of migrants’, NPR, 4 March 2020: ‘There’s Nothing Left’: Satellite Images Show Razed Villages In Idlib, Syria,, 4 March 2020: Bullets don’t deter migrants at Turkish-Greek border, CNN, 4 March 2020: Tensions high in Greek island of Lesbos, The Guardian, 5 March 2020: The humanitarian crisis in Turkey shines a light on Europe’s failures, France24, 5 March 2020: ‘Caught in the middle of a game’: Migrants stranded amid EU-Turkey stand-off, DW, 5 March 2020: Germany underestimated far-right terror for ‘too long’, Arab News, 5 March 2020: Europe must uphold its values amidst new refugee crisis, DW, 5 March 2020: Are Germany and the EU prepared for a new influx of refugees?, France24, 6 March 2020: ‘Open the gates,’ migrants chant at Turkey-Greece border, The Guardian, 6 March 2020: Refugees told ‘Europe is closed’ as tensions rise at Greece-Turkey border, DW, 6 March 2020: Opinion: Afghan refugees not welcome,, 7 March 2020: Erdoğan to visit Brussels amid migration standoff, France24, 7 March 2020: Greece to build new camps after migrant surge: minister, The New York Times, 7 March 2020: Vigliants Along Greek Border With Turkey Say, ‘No More’ to Migrants, France24, 7 March 2020: Erdogan orders Turkish coastguard to block migrants crossing Aegean Sea, Al Jazeera, 7 March 2020: Greek police fire tear gas as migrants seek to enter from Turkey, DW, 7 March 2020: Germany: Thousands rally urging government to accept more refugees, DW, 7 March 2020: Erdogan orders coast guard to stop migrants and refugees crossing Aegean, France24, 8 March 2020: ‘Open the gates’ to migrants, Erdogan tells Greece before EU talks (with the result that both Turkey and Greece would receive much less money from the EU, which they cannot afford in their current situation. Greece has just escaped the state bankruptcy and Turkey is facing it), The Guardian, 8 March 2020: Fire breaks out at refugee centre on Greek island of Lesbos, Al Jazeera, 8 March 2020: Turkey’s Erdogan to discuss migrant issues with EU in Brussels, Arab News, 8 March 2020: Erdogan says will go to Belgium Monday for talks with EU, Gulf Times, 8 March 2020: Erdogan says will hold EU talks in Brussels Monday, The Guardian, 9 March 2020: EU and Turkey hold ‘frank’ talks over border opening for refugees,, 9 March 2020: Von der Leyen wants ‘workable agreement’ with Erdoğan on migration, Arab News, 9 March 2020: Vermin get treated better than refugees fleeing to Europe, Al Jazeera, 9 March 2020: Erdogan demands ‘concrete support’ from EU, NATO over Syria, France24, 10 March 2020: Turkey’s Erdogan leaves EU talks without agreement on migrants, The National, 11 March 2020: Greek border crisis: how Europe could have fixed the problem once and for all, France24, 11 March 2020: Vowing to keep border open, Turkey’s Erdogan compares Greeks to Nazis (of all people, he dares to make such a comparison. For years he has had Kurds slaughtered in Anatolia, murdered in Syria together with IS, his business partners and wants to make accusations to the Greeks because they protect their border against the sultan’s attacks?), The Guardian, 11 March 2020: Erdoğan likens Greek border crackdown to Nazi atrocities, The Guardian, 12 March 2020: German intelligence agency puts part of far-right AfD under surveillance,, 12 March 2020: Germany places far-right party’s extreme wing under surveillance, The Guardian, 12 March 2020: Alleged AfD donor’s firm gave money to Tory club, The Guardian, 12 March 2020: Migrants on Greek islands to be offered €2,000 to go home, The Guardian, 12 March 2020: Revealed: the great European refugee scandal, Jerusalem Post, 13 March 2020: Turkey downplays Holocaust in migrant crises with Greece, Israel Hayom, 13 March 2020: German Jews welcome decision to flag extremist camp of far-right AfD party, CNN, 15 March 2020: 3 men sentenced to 125 years each over drowning of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi,, 15 March 2020: ISIS tells terrorists to steer clear of coronavirus-stricken Europe,, 15 March 2020: ISIS tells terrorists to steer clear of coronavirus-stricken Europe, The Guardian, 17 March 2020: Europe’s populists will try to exploit coronavirus. We can stop them, The National, 17 March 2020: Erdogan discusses Syria and migrant crisis with European leaders, The Guardian, 17 March 2020: Erdogan in talks with European leaders over refugee cash for Turkey, CNN, 19 March 2020: Trump again defends use of the term ‘China virus’, Times of Israel, 19 March 2020: German police stage nationwide raids on anti-Semitic group, The Guardian, 19 March 2020: German police arrest members of far-right group after state ban, The Guardian, 24 March 2020: Eight German neo-Nazis jailed over planned attacks, France24, 26 March 2020: Tunisian handed ten years for ricin bomb plot in Germany,, 26 March 2020: EU launches naval mission to police Libya arms embargo,, 2 April 2020: Top court rules Warsaw, Budapest and Prague breached EU law over refugees, France24, 3 April 2020: Greek hotels to become shelters for asylum-seekers amid virus fears, The Washington Post, 3 April 2020: A Palestinian American activist, fearless in the face of hate, France24, 4 April 2020: Knife attack leaves two dead, several wounded in French town of Romans-sur-Isère, BBC, 4 April 2020: Romans-sur-Isère: Two killed and others wounded in France knife attack, The Guardian, 5 April 2020: US far right seeks ways to exploit coronavirus and cause social collapse), there was a time window the size of a barn door to finally push all upcoming and necessary EU reforms. Instead of taking these chances and opportunities, the Berlin political circus has been hiding for over a year and thus not only dismissed the given opportunities, but instead strengthen nationalistic movements across Europe (Wikipedia Civil society).

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“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.” – Oscar Wilde

“Freedom is always the freedom of the one who thinks differently.” – Rosa Luxemburg

If everything else doesn’t seem feasible, than at least this one will work:

“Don’t be racist. Hate everyone equally.” – unknown ;-)

German reunification
Those who have actively experienced the German reunification process will have a deja vu experience given the current situation. At that time, as today, a significant portion of the population did not want to bring in “unqualified economic refugees (then the Ossis and people from other Eastern European countries moved to West Germany in droves), which in any case only cost money, doing nothing, lowering social standards through wage dumping, importing crime and causing the fall of the West”. The mechanisms are therefore unchanged, only the “target group” has changed. The Ossis benefited back then that the private use of the Internet was still in its infancy, so that the mobilization of like-minded people still had to be done by phone calls and not by postings in a Facebook group, so that the riots were limited. If todays state-of-the-art technology had been available during the reunification, West Germans would have beaten up or killed East Germans and set fire to their emergency shelters, as they do today jointly with refugees and their shelters (The New York Times, 29 August 2019: 30 Years After Reunification, Germany Is Still Two Countries, DW, 3 October 2019: Opinion: German unification — time for the next generation to step up, DW, 3 October 2019: German Unity Day: Reunification is ‘ongoing process’ says Merkel, Reuters, 3 October 2019: Merkel warns against racism on anniversary of German reunification, The Guardian, 30 October 2019: Democracy is under attack in post-Wall Europe – but the spirit of 1989 is fighting back, France24, 6 November 2019: Thirty years after its fall, part of the Berlin Wall still stands, The Guardian, 6 November 2019: The fall of the Berlin Wall did not end Germany’s deep divisions, Jerusalem Post, 7 November 2019: Anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall poses fresh challenges for German Jews, France24, 6 November 2019: The post-Wall, Cold War world of Hans Modrow, East Germany’s last leader, France24, 7 November 2019: The last East German, The New York Times, 8 November 2019: After the Fall: Looking Back on Berlin 30 Years Later, DW, 8 November 2019: Ronald Reagan statue unveiled in Berlin near site of Cold War speech (Tear down this wall!), The New York Times, 8 November 2019: President Reagan Returns to Berlin, This Time in Bronze, The New York Times, 8 November 2019: Germany Has Been Unified for 30 Years. Its Identity Still Is Not., CNN, 9 November 2019: Germany marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, France24, 9 November 2019: The fall of the Berlin Wall, 30 years on, CNN, 9 November 2019: The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. But an invisible barrier still divides Germany (Whether or not reunification is a “stroke of luck of history”, a two-state solution or an interim solution would have been the better choice is still being debated in Germany today. After all, the GDR, like all other states of the EU’s eastern enlargement, would have become a NATO and EU member state. The real stroke of luck was that the Soviet Union ruined itself and consequently decayed, because only then the people of the former Eastern bloc were given the freedoms to decide in which directions their countries shall be developed. The overwhelming majority opted against dictatorship and for freedom and democracy, although this has since become ignored in Poland and Hungary by the country’s rulers and even partially reversed), France24, 9 November 2019: Stories from East and West, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall,, 9 November 2019: 30 years after Wall’s fall, Europe’s new divisions, CNN, 9 November 2019: East German kids were ‘taught to lie.’ Then the system came crashing down overnight, Al Jazeera, 9 November 2019: On Berlin Wall anniversary, Merkel urges Europe to defend freedom, Arab News, 9 November 2019: From ruin to reigning Europe — how the Berlin Wall transformed Germany, Gulf Times, 9 November 2019: Germany celebrates 30th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall, Jerusalem Post, 9 November 2019: Germany celebrates 30th anniversary of Berlin Wall’s fall, Times of Israel, 9 November 2019: On Berlin Wall anniversary, Merkel urges Europe to defend ‘democracy, freedom’, France24, 9 November 2019: Germany urges US to reject ‘egoism’ on anniversary of Berlin Wall’s fall, The Guardian, 10 November 2019: In place of Berlin’s Wall now stands a barrier of sullen resentment, France24, 15 November 2019: Thirty years later, spirit of 1989 lives on in eastern German city of Leipzig, Economy of East Germany).

Globalization, consumption and capitalism
Other varieties of xenophobia may be globalization criticism, consumerism criticism or capitalism criticism. Without going into detail here, the futility can be illustrated with a very simple example: Imagine a menu consisting of a hamburger, a portion of french fries and a cola. Now you think away globalization, consumption and capitalism. From the above menu, there is little more than a puddle of water left, because the other ingredients were not originally from Western Europe or the US, but were imported from other continents – including glass. You don’t believe it? Then let’s take a look at the ingredients:

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Sesame on the burger bun: India
Cereals: Middle East
Cattle: Anatolia and Middle East
Salt: Mesopotamia and Babylon
Pepper: Southwest India
Tomatoes: Central and South America
Onions: Central Asia
Ketchup: East and Southeast Asia
Lettuce: Egypt
Cheese: Mesopotamia, Black Sea region, Asia Minor, Egypt and North Africa

French fries:
Potatoes: From the Andes from western Venezuela to Argentina
Salt: Mesopotamia and Babylon
Peppers: Central and South America
Paper plate: Egypt
Plastic chip fork: Malaysia and Brazil

Sugar: Melanesia and Polynesia in the Pacific
Caffeine: Yemen
Glass: Mesopotamia

Anti-Islam, anti-Muslim and Islamophobia
In unpleasant regularity, the discussion of whether Islam and Muslims belong to Europe or not is as simple-minded as it is oblivious to history. After all, it was the Moors who, among other things, brought science (mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, cartography, geography and medicine – enriched with knowledge of ancient China (Zheng He), Ancient Egypt (Islamic Golden Age) and Ancient Greece) to Al-Andalus (Portugal and parts of Spain. After the Reconquista, celebrated as a success, however, the millionfold enslavement of Europeans by corsairs from the Barbary States began, mostly from raids on the coastal regions of Italy, Spain and Portugal, but also in the Atlantic, around Cornwall). This knowledge spread from there to central and northern Europe and thus made it possible for Europe to develop democratic and industrial nations (today’s general tax liability goes back to the Islamic tax system (Tithe) as well, which was initially used in Europe to finance the Crusades and was then further expanded). The fact that the Arab countries themselves couldn’t benefit to the same extent and, on the contrary, have even been scientifically and technologically left behind is also given due to the strict interpretation of Islam and the tragedy of the Arabs. Muslims (Moors) have been part of Europe for centuries, and thus of course their religion. Today it is uncontroversial for the majority that the European Islam should emancipate itself from the political Islam of Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to be perceived and accepted as a community of faith. The corresponding efforts have been stuck for years and noticeable burden the living together. More recently, the umbrella organization Ditib has been targeted by the German constitutional protection agencies due to its inordinate proximity to the Turkish autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP positions (The Guardian, 01 December 2018: Muslims demand full legal protection from Islamophobia, The Guardian, 7 December 2018: Revealed: the hidden global network behind Tommy Robinson, The Guardian, 3 March 2019: Ukip 2.0: young, angry, digital and extreme, The New York Times, 15 March 2019: New Zealand Massacre Highlights Global Reach of White Extremism, Times of Israel, 16 March 2019: Rights group calls on AG to probe online praise for New Zealand killer, Times of Israel, 16 March 2019: White nationalist movement spreads worldwide, pushing lone-wolf attacks, The Guardian, 17 March 2019: Australian senator Fraser Anning punches teen after being egged, The Guardian, 24 March 2019: Sadiq Khan challenges Theresa May to act against Tory Islamophobia, El Pais, 26 March 2019: Spain’s National Security Council warns xenophobia is on the rise, France24, 29 March 2019: Thousands gather for NZ attack remembrance service, Discrimination and Racism in China, Racism in Asia, The Washington Post, 13 April 2019: ‘The president today made America smaller’: Democratic candidates react to Trump’s attack on Rep. Omar, The Guardian, 14 April 2019: Ilhan Omar has become the target of a dangerous hate campaign, The Guardian, 17.06.2019: The EU’s Islamophobia is getting worse – Britain must fight this from within, Times of Israel, 7 July 2019: Right-wing group hangs Palestinian flags on West Bank roads, spooking settlers, Palestine Chronicle, 7 July 2019: Jewish Settlers Vandalize Palestinian Vehicles near Nablus, Haaretz, 10 July 2019: Israel Evicts Palestinian Family From East Jerusalem Home, Handing It to Settlers, Haaretz, 12 July 2019: Israel’s Concealing of Documents on the Nakba Is Totalitarian, Palestine Chronicle, 13 July 2019: UN Special Rapporteur: Israel ‘Moving Rapidly’ towards West Bank Annexation, The Guardian, 15 July 2019: Boris Johnson claimed Islam put Muslim world ‘centuries behind’, Haaretz, 15 July 2019: By Providing Face-recognition Software, Israeli High-tech Is on the Wrong Side of Justice, CNN, 16 July 2019: Boris Johnson faces more accusations of Islamophobia over newly-unearthed text, The Guardian, 19 July 2019: Israeli spraying of herbicide near Gaza harming Palestinian crops, CNN, 19 July 2019: Angela Merkel stands in ‘solidarity’ with congresswomen attacked by Trump, France24. 22 July 2019: Israel demolishes Palestinian homes on Jerusalem outskirts, BBC, 22 July 2019: Israel razes Palestinian homes ‘built too near barrier’, The Guardian, 22 July 2019: Israeli crews demolish Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, Palestine Chronicle, 22 July 2019: Israeli Top Court: Settlers Can Occupy Palestinians’ Homes in Hebron (VIDEO) (Price tag policy, Jewish Defense League), Al Jazeera, 22 July 2019: Israel demolishes Palestinian homes near separation wall, Times of Israel, 22 July 2019: Palestinians blast ‘massacre’ as Israel razes homes near security barrier, Palestine Chronicle, 22 July 2019: Palestinian FM: Israel’s Demolition of 100 Homes in Jerusalem Is ‘War Crime’, Saudi Gazette, 22 July 2019: EU urges Israel to ‘immediately’ stop Palestinian home demolition, Times of Israel, 22 July 2019: Bahrain, Jordan, France among those condemning Jerusalem area demolitions, Haaretz, 22 July 2019: At Least 16 Israeli Unauthorized West Bank Outposts Established Since 2017, Times of Israel, 23 July 2019: Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes, The National, 23 July 2019: UK appoints expert to tackle Islamophobia, DW, 10 August 2019: Norway: One injured in shooting at Oslo mosque, Times of Israel, 10 August 2019: One person hurt in Norway mosque shooting, suspect arrested, The National, 10 August 2019: Norway mosque shooting: One person injured and another in custody in Oslo, Times of Israel: 11 August 2019: Relative of Norway mosque shooter found dead after attack, The New York Times, 21 September 2019: A Crackdown on Islam Is Spreading Across China, Al Jazeera, 29 September 2019: ‘Large increase in anti-Bosnian, anti-Muslim bigotry’: Report, The National, 6 October 2019: Anti-Muslim extremist group plans to host Dh5,510-a-plate gala dinner at Trump’s Florida resort , Times of Israel, 7 October 2019: Police minister called racist after blaming Arab culture for violence, Times of Israel, 16 October 2019: Settlers accused of beating rabbi, 80, who was aiding Palestinian olive harvest, Times of Israel, 19 October 2019: Masked settlers filmed hurling rocks, stealing olives of Palestinian farmers, Jerusalem Post, 20 October 2019: Settlers attack Golani Reconnaissance Unit commander in Yitzhar, Israel Hayom, 20 October 2019: Netanyahu condemns settler violence after IDF soldier injured, Times of Israel, 20 October 2019: Attack on troops draws fresh scrutiny of army’s response to Yitzhar violence, Haaretz, 20 October 2019: Denounce and Forget: Don’t Be Too Impressed by Israel’s Condemnation of Settler Violence, Times of Israel, 23 October 2019: In 2nd attack in less than 48 hours, settlers throw rocks at troops near Yitzhar, Haaretz, 23 October 2019: Violent Jewish Settlers Won’t Be Easily Deterred — Even With Increased Israeli Security Presence, Times of Israel, 25 October 2019: For 2nd time in 3 days, Palestinian town targeted in apparent hate crime, Haaretz, 25 October 2019: Israel Is Turning an Ancient Palestinian Village Into a National Park for Settlers, Haaretz, 26 October 2019: How Israel Is Deterred by a Handful of Violent Jewish Settlers, Al Jazeera, 6 November 2019: Islamophobia is on the rise in France, Haaretz, 9 November 2019: On Kristallnacht Anniversary, New York Jews Show Up to Support Muslim Worshippers, France24, 10 November 2019: Thousands march against Islamophobia in Paris, The Guardian, 11 November 2019: When it comes to Islamophobia, Tory eyes are still wide shut, The New York Times, 16 November 2019: ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims, The Guardian, 17 November 2019: ‘Show no mercy’: leaked documents reveal details of China’s Xinjiang detentions, The National, 5 December 2019: German Muslim politician takes the fight to Nazi group following racist death threats, Haaetz, 9 December 2019: ‘Arabs = Enemies’: 160 Cars Vandalized in East Jerusalem Neighborhood, Times of Israel, 9 December 2019: 160 vehicles vandalized, wall graffitied in suspected East Jerusalem hate crime, Gulf Times, 9 December 2019: 160 Palestinian cars vandalised,, 17 December 2019: Wanted: Imams made in Germany). It is all the more important for those Muslims, who oppose the Ditib (Wikipedia Central Council of Muslims in Germany), to offer appropriate state support measures to help them to further develop the European Islam (e.g. Imam education in Germany, while excluding the Turkish, Qatari and Saudi Islam authorities), Arab News, 29 December 2019: Lana Lokteff: Poster girl of white supremacy, The Guardian, 5 January 2020: Under Boris Johnson, Islamophobia will reach a sinister new level, Palestine Chronicle, 8 January 2020: Jewish Settlers Chop down 50 Olive Trees near Nablus, Times of Israel, 13 January 2020: Stone throwing that killed Palestinian mother of 8 recognized as terror attack, Haaretz, 14 January 2020: ADL Slams Trump for Islamophobia After Retweeting Fake Image of Pelosi in Hijab, Times of Israel, 24 January 2020: Arson, graffiti attack on Jerusalem mosque in suspected hate crime, Jerusalem Post, 24 January 2020: Suspected price tag attack at Jerusalem mosque, Arab News, 26 January 2020: Tensions run high in Jerusalem as mosques and Muslims targeted, Palestine Chronicle, 28 January 2020: Jewish Settlers Burn down Palestinian Classroom near Nablus, Arab News, 11 February 2020: Vandals damage dozens of cars in Arab village in Israel, The Guardian, 17 February 2020: Germany’s Muslims call for protection after ‘far-right terror plot’ arrests, Arab News, 17 February 2020: Norway mosque shooter charged with murder, terrorism, Times of Israel, 17 February 2020: Suspect in Norway mosque attack charged with terrorism, murder, France24, 19 February 2020: Macron unveils curbs on foreign imams in France to combat ‘separatism’, BBC, 19 February 2020: German far-right AfD accused of handing out ‘racist’ colouring book, The National, 20 February 2020: Germany shootings: Mass killer infected with ‘poison’ of racism, Al Jazeera, 21 February 2020: Hanau mourns its loved ones murdered in far-right attack, Arab News, 21 February 2020: Germany races to act on far-right threat after deadly shootings, The Guardian, 22 February 2020: ‘Who is there to protect us?’ Far-right murders in Hanau spark anger and fear, Al Jazeera, 22 February 2020: Muslims in Germany call for action against far-right groups, Gulf Times, 22 February 2020: Germany ups police presence after shootings, The Guardian, 22 February 2020: On Hanau’s streets, shocked migrants fear causes of the attack run deep, France24, 26 February 2020: Palestinian property vandalised in suspected ‘price tag’ attack, Times of Israel, 26 February 2020: Tires slashed, West Bank village threatened with ‘war’ in apparent hate attack, The Guardian, 7 March 2020: Brutalised but defiant: Christchurch massacre survivors one year on, The Guardian, 10 March 2020: The Christchurch attack traumatised us, but we are determined to be happy, Arab News, 13 March 2020: Ardern says racist threat lingers after New Zealand mosque attacks, The National, 13 March 2020: Mosque shootings changed New Zealand society, PM Jacinda Ardern says, The Guardian, 28 March 2020: From Xinjiang to Germany: how did Islamophobia become a global phenomenon?, Haaretz, 5 April 2020: Palestinian Street Cleaners Assaulted in Jerusalem in Unprovoked Attack.




Anti-Judaism, anti-Israeli, anti-Zionism and Antisemitism
Here is another aspect that has been cultivated since the Middle Ages in Europe: Jew-hatred, which was exported to the Middle East by the Crusades. Without going further into the single aspects of European anti-Semitism, it is simply false to assert that the “new anti-Semitism” would be fueled by immigration, because it is a re-import only. In Europe, anti-Semitism, even after the Holocaust, was never gone, but “rested” in order to regroup in the past few years and to cowardly hide behind alleged “import anti-Semitism” from the Arab states. The greatest threat to European Jews continues to come from European anti-Semitic right-wing extremists (over 90% of all anti-Semitic offenses – Haaretz, 20 November 2018: Most European Jewish Leaders Expect to Face More anti-Semitism, New Survey Finds). The discussions about it are often diffuse here because they are not clearly identified, named or obfuscated – presumably so as not to scare away any voters. Just as European Jews can’t vote in Israel, like European Christians or European Muslims can’t vote in Israel either. By contrast, Israeli Jews, Christians and Muslims can – mostly (on the contrary, in the wake of the 2019 European Parliament election, the approximately 500,000 European Jews living in Israel are called on to participate actively in this process, supporting candidates and political parties working for Israel’s goals within the EU. After Netanyahu’s failed attempt to establish Israel as a potential EU member state, this is apparently an attempt to “have a say in the EU through the back door,” given the normally low voter turnouts during the European elections – Times of Israel, 14 February 2019: Israelis, vote! In the European elections). So it’s about definitions and affiliations. From a international point of view, it is often too understandable when the policy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is been seen as repugnant (which doesn’t even contradict the so-called German raison d’État – The Washington Post, 17 February 2019: The Democrats have an Israel problem – and it’s not Ilhan Omar). This is also the case for a large proportion of European Jews. How can it be, that there still is a growing number of people who try to blame them for it anyway? Even though the Netanyahu government claims that Israel would be the “home of all Jews” (which is legally limited anyway), large parts of the diaspora oppose this view, who are very fond of their home countries. There are a number of “anti-Semitism definitions”. The currently most recognized is this: – Working Definition of Antisemitism. When having a closer look at it, the result is that it’s about proportionality and against the “three Ds” (delegitimisation of Israel, demonisation of Israel and double standards for Israel, while the term “double standards” is somehow special: If Jews from the US or the EU were to ask: “Do you believe that people in the societies they are living in should not be discriminated against because of their ethnicity or religious affiliation and that all people should have equal access to all fundamental rights?” certainly almost all will reply “Yes!” If the same persons would be asked this question in relation to Israel, the majority would answer “Equal rights for all? Are you an enemy of Israel? Do you want to erase the country from the map?”). One can, shall and should criticize Israel and Jews to the same extent as one would criticize everyone else. What goes beyond that can be anti-Semitism (a sarcastic assessment of the topic from Israel: “An anti-Semite used to be someone who disliked Jews. Today, an anti-Semite is someone the Israelis dislike.”). For example, if you would put Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in line with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Poland’s Jarosław Kaczyński, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, because they would be politically dubious figures, then this wouldn’t be anti-Semitic, but very well justified criticism and even very accurate. If Netanyahu were put there just because he was a Jew, that would be anti-Semitism. The Federal Government recently appointed Dr. Felix Klein as “Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany” or shortened as “Anti-Semitism Commissioner”, whose tasks, however, are so far only vaguely defined. That anti-Semitism can’t be whitewashed is shown by the fact that many Jewish institutions in Germany, the EU and since the election of Donald Trump on 8 November 2016 even in the USA (The Economist, 3 January 2008: Germany’s Jews: Latkes and vodka, Der Spiegel, 4 January 2012: ‘We Can Resume Our Common History’: New Paper Covers Revival of German Jewish Life,, 24 January 2013: Jewish Life in Germany, Der Tagesspiegel, 28 May 2014: Berlin, it’s time to talk about the policing of your Jewish sites, The Guardian, 7 August 2014: Antisemitism on rise across Europe ‘in worst times since the Nazis’, The Atlantic, 15 August 2017: Why the Charlottesville Marchers Were Obsessed With Jews, Charlottesville riots,, 2 November 2017: ADL Data Shows Anti-Semitic Incidents Continue Surge in 2017 Compared to 2016, Jerusalem Post, 5 July 2018: Jews of Turkey fear growing antisemitism, Der Spiegel, 26 July 2018: ‘Our Antennae Are Up’ – Rise in Anti-Semitism Unsettles Gemany’s Jews, CNN, 27 October 2018: Shooter identified in deadly shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue, The New York Times, 27 October 2018: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: At Least 11 Dead and Gunman Identified, The Guardian, 27 October 2018: Pittsburgh shooting: suspect railed against Jews and Muslims on site used by ‘alt-right’, HIAS, The New York Times, 27 October 2018: 11 Killed in Pittsburgh Massacre; Suspect Charged With 29 Counts, The Washington Post, 27 October 2018: For American Jews, Pittsburgh synagogue massacre is culmination of worst fears, The Guardian, 28 October 2018: The ADL warned of antisemitic harassment. Then Pittsburgh happened, The New York Times, 29 October 2018: ‘There Is Still So Much Evil’: Growing Anti-Semitism Stuns American Jews, Haaretz, 29 October 2018: From Pittsburgh to Paris, Five Lessons for Jews Everywhere, Haaretz, 29 October 2018: Pittsburgh Massacre Underscores the Dilemma of American Jews, The Guardian, 2 November 2018: New York police investigate antisemitic graffiti inside Brooklyn synagogue and The New York Times, 17 November 2018: Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?) still have to be placed under police protection in order to prevent attacks (Der Spiegel, 31 August 2018: Return of the Ugly German? The Riots in Chemnitz and Their Aftermath, Times of Israel, 24 September 2017: Loathed by Jews, Germany’s far-right AfD loves the Jewish state, DW, 25 September 2018: AfD’s Jews say German far-right party isn’t anti-Semitic, The New York Times, 26 September 2018: Seeing Ally Against Muslims, Some German Jews Embrace Far Right, to Dismay of Others, Financial Times, 5 October 2018: The Jews who are signing up to Germany’s far-right AfD , NPR, 5 October 2018: Germany’s Right-Wing AfD Is Accused Of Exploiting Jewish Members, Der Spiegel, 5 October 2018: Growing Anti-Semitism in Germany ‘We Are Facing a Monster’, Reuters, 26 October 2017: Jewish leader urges Italian sports authorities to fight anti-Semitism, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 31 December 2017: Jewish life in Germany in danger, Jewish leader says, The Guardian, 1 February 2018: Antisemitic incidents in UK at all-time high, The Atlantic, 22 February 2018: Secretive Fraternities Are Feeding Anti-Semitism in Austria, Bloomberg, 27 February 2018: Why Polish Jews Are Growing Uneasy, The Guardian, 27 February 2018: Antisemitic incidents in US soar to highest level in two decades, NPR, 3 May 2018: Alarm Grows In France Over Anti-Semitic Violence, New Statesman, 23 May 2018: Germany reclaimed: Berlin’s Jewish revival, Haaretz, 20 June 2018: Denmark’s Jews Questioning Their Future in the Country Following Proposed Ban on Circumcision, The Jerusalem Post, 29 July 2018: Hungary’s Victor Orban fosters antisemitism – Hungarian antisemitism is the highest in Europe, Handelsblatt, 21 August 2018: Why is anti-Semitism returning to Germany?, The Atlantic, 9 November 2018: The Day of Fate, The Guardian, 22 November 2018: US-Israeli man jailed for 10 years over bomb hoax calls, CNN, November 2018: CNN poll reveals depth of anti-Semitism in Europe, BBC, 26 November 2018: Soros foundation to end work in Turkey amid ‘baseless claims’, The New York Times, 29 November 2018: Europe’s Jew Hatred, and Ours, Jerusalem Post, 29 November 2018: Happy Zionism Day!, The New York Times, 7 December 2018: Anti-Zionism Isn’t the Same as Anti-Semitism, France24, 10 December 2018: EU alarmed at study showing anti-Semitism worsening, Haaretz, 12 December 2018: The Secret Jewish Plot Against Turkey, Financial Times, 14 December 2018: Holocaust survivor Charlotte Knobloch on the rise of anti-Semitism and rebuilding Jewish life, Foreign Policy, 24 December 2018: Erdogan’s Anti-Semitism Will Sink Turkey’s Economy (History of the Jews in Turkey and Antisemitism in Turkey), dpa international, 27 December 2018: Discretion advised: Jewish life in eastern German cities, New York Post, 5 January 2019: Why American Jews are moving to Germany, Times of Israel: Anti-Semitism in Turkey, DW, 21 January 2019: How safe are Jews living in Germany?, Times of Israel, 23 January 2019: German far-right lawmakers walk out of speech by Holocaust survivor, Der Spiegel, 23 January 2019: German Right-Wing Populists: Domestic Intelligence Report Highlights AfD Extremism, Times of Israel, 24 January 2019: I’m Jewish, American and happy to live in Berlin, Times of Israel, 24 January 2019: German Jewish leader ‘threatened’ after criticizing far-right AfD, The New York Times, 25 April 2019: In Berlin, a Show of Solidarity Does Little to Dampen Jewish Fears, Times of Israel, 25 January 2019: Buchenwald memorial bans German far-right AfD from Holocaust ceremony, The Guardian, 27 January 2019: One in 20 Britons does not believe Holocaust took place, poll finds, Jerusalem Post, 27 January 2019: Greek Church charged by Israel with inflaming Antisemitism, Haaretz, 27 January 2019: Polish Nationalists March on Auschwitz to Protest ‘Non-inclusive’ International Holocaust Day, The New York Times, 27 January 2019: On the Way to Auschwitz, I Found ‘Heil Hitler’ Signs For Sale, The Washington Post, 27 January 2019: Remembering the Holocaust in an era of rising anti-Semitism, Times of Israel, 27 January 2019: Netanyahu downplays right-wing anti-Semitism, contradicting Israeli study, Jerusalem Post, 27 January 2019: Far-right Antisemitism biggest threat to Jews worldwide: Report, Haaretz, 27 January 2019: Germany ‘Must Tell Stories’ of Holocaust Victims to Combat anti-Semitism, Merkel Says, France24, 27 January 2019: Anti-Semitic killings in 2018 ‘highest’ in decades: Israel, The Guardian, 7 February 2019: Antisemitic incidents in UK at record high for third year in a row, CNN, 7 February 2019: Reported anti-Semitic incidents hit record high in UK, Times of Israel, 13 February 2019: Germany anti-Semitic offenses rise sharply in 2018, mostly from far-right, France24, 20 February 2019: Bill equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism sparks debate in France, Times of Israel, 22 February 2019: The new ‘new anti-Semitism’ in Western Europe feels eerily familiar, The New York Times, 22 February 2019: The Grave Threats of White Supremacy and Far-Right Extremism, The Guardian, 24 February 2019: Antisemites use the language of anti-Zionism. The two are distinct, The Guardian, 3 March 2019: The neo-Nazi plot against America is much bigger than we realize, Times of Israel, 4 March 2019: Polish anti-Semitism festers on the internet, The Guardian, 7 March 2019: Debunking the myth that anti-Zionism is antisemitic, Washington Examiner, 15 March 2019: Jews are unsafe in Turkey and should leave now, France24, 22 March 2019: Erdogan urges fight on Islamophobia ‘like anti-Semitism after Holocaust’, Al JAzeera, 22 March 2019: Erdogan calls for fight against Islamophobia like anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 3 April 2019: Jews say Lithuania’s Genocide Studies Center engages in Holocaust denial, The New York Times, 4 April 2019: Anti-Semitism Is Back, From the Left, Right and Islamist Extremes. Why?, The New York Times, 15 April 2019: Has Germany Forgotten the Lessons of the Nazis?, The New York Times, 25 April 2019: In Berlin, a Show of Solidarity Does Little to Dampen Jewish Fears, The New York Times, 30 April 2019: A Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism, The Guardian, 1 May 2019: Antisemitism ‘calling into question future of Jewish life in Europe’, Jerusalem Post, 3 May 2019: Why aren’t diaspora Jews safe yet?, The Guardian, 3 May 2019: It’s hard for us on the Israeli left – liberal antisemitism makes it worse, Jerusalem Post, 4 May 2019: Massive 82% spike in antisemitic hate crimes in New York City, NYPD finds, The Guardian, 9 May 2019: Nazi rhetoric and Holocaust denial: Belgium’s alarming rise in antisemitism, Times of Israel, 12 May 2019: Polish far-right marches in protest at US pressure for Holocaust restitution, Times of Israel, 13 May 2019: Poland cancels Israeli officials’ trip over Holocaust property restitution row, The Washington Post, 13 May 2019: How some Polish far-right nationalists went from setting their hopes on Trump to rallying against him, The New York Times, 14 May 2019: A Friend to Israel, and to Bigots: Viktor Orban’s ‘Double Game’ on Anti-Semitism, Haaretz, 18 May 2019: A Daughter of Palestinian Refugees, This German Politician Is Fighting anti-Semitism, Haaretz, 19 May 2019: Returning Property to Jews Would Be a Victory for Hitler, Polish Prime Minister Says, Times of Israel, 20 May 2019: WJC chief slams Polish PM: “Poles profiteered from Jewish assets for decades”, The New York Times, 21 May 2019: The New German Anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 22 May 2019: Swedish Prime Minister denounces neo-Nazis, promises protection for Jews, Jerusalem Post, 22 May 2019: 6 former U.S. envoys in ‘Post’ op-ed: Romanian antisemitism on the rise, Times of Israel, 23 May 2019: Fascist symbols and rhetoric on rise in Italian EU vote, Jerusalem Post, 24 May 2019: German party runs for EU parliament under slogan ‘Israel is our misfortune’, Times of Israel, 24 May 2019: Sweden to host international conference against anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 24 May 2019: What is antisemitism?, The Guardian, 26 may 2019: Jews in Germany warned of risks of wearing kippah cap in public, Times of Israel, 26 May 2019: Years after neo-Nazi group was shuttered, hate on the rise again in US northwest, Haaretz, 26 May 2019: Rivlin Rebukes Germany’s ‘Surrender to anti-Semitism’ in Skullcap Warning,, 26 May 2019: Israeli president ‘shocked’ by kippah warning in Germany, The New York Times, 26 May 2019: Amid Rising Anti-Semitism, German Official Advises Jews Against Wearing Skullcaps in Public, Times of Israel, 28 May 2019: Anti-Semitism czar asks Germans to wear kippa publicly in solidarity with Jews (the antisemitic International Quds Day, for which, in return, the Jerusalem Day is celebrated by islamophobic extremists in occupied East Jerusalem), Jerusalem Post, 28 May 2019: German neo-Nazi parties aggressively push boycott of Israel, BBC, 28 May 2019: A guide to Labour Party anti-Semitism claims, Jerusalem Post, 29 May 2019: Muslims, Catholics, activists team up to protect Holocaust exhibit in Vienna, DW, 29 May 2019: Opinion: Is the only safe Jew in Germany an invisible one?, Jewish Journal, 30 May 2019: In Germany, a bigger problem than the kippah, The Guardian, 31 May 2019: All Germans urged to wear kippah in protest against antisemitism, Haaretz, 1 June 2019: Far Right Parties in Austria and Germany Are Making anti-Semitism Acceptable Again, Times of Israel, 1 June 2019: Hundreds of anti-Israel protesters, counter-protesters face in Berlin, Jerusalem Post, 1 June 2019: New York hate crimes nearly doubled in 2019, almost two-third are antisemitic, Jerusalem Post, 1 June 2019: The Nethwerlands makes fighting antisemitism a national priority, The Guardian, 2 June 2019: German Jews fear kippah solidarity is just a PR stunt (how difficult, complicated and complex the situation is is also shown here again: instead of focusing on Jewish life in Germany (or other states of the EU and the USA), as it is e.g. the task of the Federal Commissioner Dr. Felix Klein, even by officials from Jewish associations, direct links between the topics “anti-Semitism in Germany” and “Israel” are created. This is not totally wrong, but certainly not helpful. Of course, the result can only be a failure. In fact, it must first and foremost be about firmly embeding Jewish communities and their members in Germany (or other states of the EU and the USA) and, first of all, focusing exclusively on this one topic (and at the same time stop fooling around with nonsense about a “Christian-Jewish tradition,” because on closer examination of Western European history since the Middle Ages, then the only observable tradition is that Christians regularly go bust with Jews, with prohibitions on work and residence, having robbed, expropriated, expelled, forced to convert, or even killed them on a regular basis. Hardly to assume that politics and the public mean this with “Christian-Jewish tradition”. If it does, then it would be at least honest. Equally honestly, it should then be pointed out that the alleged “Christian-Jewish tradition” is above all a delimitation/exclusion of Muslims in order to play out one minority against another). Only when in Germany (or other states of the EU and the USA) no Jewish institutions have to be put under police protection, other topics, such as Israel, can be mixed in. However, as long as it is not even possible for the officials of the Jewish associations to manage the unbundling of the complex of topics, much less will be achieved elsewhere in society. Ultimately, it is completely irrelevant how the own point of view in relation to Israel, Palestine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the Middle East conflict in total is, when it comes to the security and protection of living and practicing Jews in Germany (and of all other religious groups of which in Germany, after all, there are considerable 180). This is largely about the enforcement of fundamental rights in Germany (or other states of the EU and the USA) and not the deeply ideological and charged with hatred and terror on all sides conflicts in the Levant, the Middle East or North Africa. The latter can be carried out where they happen to be. They have no place on European or American roads anyway. Solutions to the conflicts, especially the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, must be negotiated and found between the parties to the conflicts on site), Times of Israel, 4 June 2019: Volkswagen funds ADL office in Germany for combating anti-Semitism in Europe, Jerusalem Post, 12 June 2019: Jexit: Could 300,000 Jew flee the UK?, Times of Israel, 15 June 2019: US Senate unanimously condemns anti-Semitism, Times of Israel, 15 June 2019: Germany is accused of downplaying anti-Semitic attacks by Muslims, Times of Israel, 15 June 2019: Israeli families struggle as their kids move back to Germany and Austria, Jerusalem Post, 15 June 2019: Destroyed and dispersed: How Russia ruined Jewish life in eastern Ukraine, Jerusalem Post, 19 June 2019: U.S. antisemitism envoy: Armed guards needed at synagougues, Jewish centers, Jerusalem Post, 19 June 2019: Today’s antisemitism: A three-headed monster, Times of Israel, 19 June 2019: American Jewish tourist hurt in anti-Semitic Berlin attack, Times of Israel, 19 June 2019: US interfaith leaders gather to beef up security for houses of worship, Times of Israel, 19 June 2019: Jewish woman hit in head with metal ball outside of Paris synagogue, Times of Israel, 21 June 2019: Metal ball that hit Paris woman dropped by child, not anti-Semitic attack, Times of Israel, 21 June 2019: Rabbi and Jewish leader spit on outside Hamburg City Hall, Times of Israel, 21 June 2019: The EU’s ‘indefatigable heroine’ in the fight against anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 22 June 2019: ‘Imam of Peace’: Antisemitism in the U.S. is a ‘threat to national security’, Jerusalem Post, 22 June 2019: European Comission holds first-ever working group on Antisemitism, Jerusalem Post, 23 June 2019: WJC: Croatian Holocaust Monument ‘distortion’ of history, Times of Israel, 3 July 2019: Synagogues are now conducting active shooter drills during services, BBC, 4 July 2019: The students fighting back against anti-Semitism, The Guardian, 7 July 2019: Labour split over NDA warnings about antisemitism claims, Jerusalem Post, 6 July 2019: Labour party’s top lawyer quits after contentious retweet by new member, Jerusalem Post, 6 July 2019: Iranian terroist force spying on Israelis and jews in Germany – intel, Jerusalem Post, 8 July 2019: U.K. far-right extremist sets himself on fire ae he attacks synagogue, BBC, 9 July 2019: Florida headteacher removed from post for refusing to call Holocaust a fact, Times of Israel, 10 July 2019: Anti-Semites target French Jewish school linked to cheating scandal, Haaretz, 10 July 2019: Jews Came to Israel ‘To Be Nazis,’ Dutch Member of Mainstream Party Says, Haaretz, 10 July 2019: Trump’s Soft Spot for anti-Semites Is Now a Big Problem for His Jewish Fans, Times of Israel, 11.07.2019: UK Labour in turmoil over new anti-Semitism claims in BBC expose, The Guardian, 11 July 2019: The BBC’s Panorama set out claims of antisemitism in the Labour party. Our panel responds, Jerusalem Post, 11 July 2019: Chief Rabbi: BBC documentary proves Labour Party’s complicity in antisemitism, The Guardian, 13 July 2019: Corbyn decries BBC’s ‘inaccuracies’ over Labour antisemitism, Times of Israel, 13 July 2019: New Greek minister denies ‘dark’ anti-Semitic past, Times of Israel, 14 JUly 2019: Senior Hamas official calls on members of Palestinian diaspora to kill Jews, Arab News, 15 July 2019: Hamas rebuffs leader’s call for worldwide attacks on Jews, Times of Israel, 15 July 2019: Hamas official walks back comments urging murder of ‘Jews everywhere’, Haaretz, 19 July 2019: 8,000 Romanian-born Israelis to Be Recognized as Holocaust Survivors, Receive Compensation, Times of Israel, 20 July 2019: Report: Nearly half of young European Jews victims of anti-Semitism in past year, Jerusalem Post, 22 July 2019: Israelis are ‘ignorant’ of world Jewery and its concerns – new survey, Jerusalem Post, 22 July 2019: UK Labour party launches new website to combat antisemitism, Times of Israel, 23 July 2019: Why Germany needs to pay attention to Jewish life, Times of Israel, 22 July 2019: Facing growing anger, Corbyn pushes speedy expulsion of anti-Semites from Labour, Times of Israel, 27 July 2019: New UK anti-Semitism adviser: Jews are the canary in the coal mine for humanity, Jerusalem Post, 27 July 2019: Spate of antisemitic incidents acrooss U.S. causes concern, Times of Israel, 28 July 2019: It can’t be anti-Semitism if you’re not an anti-Semite, right? Right?, Haaretz, 31 July 2019: Ocasio-Cortez on Israel: Criticizing the Occupation Doesn’t Make You anti-Semitic or anti-Israel, Times of Israel, 31 July 2019: 500 years after Inquisition, 10,000 Sephardi Jews close circle with citizenships, Times of Israel, 31 July 2019: After shooting, Florida Jews say they ‘no longer feel comfortable’ in synagogue, Jerusalem Post, 1 August 2019: AOC has a lot to say about Israel, antisemitism and Bernie Sanders, CNN, 1 August 2019: New report shows spike in British anti-Semitism, Times of Israel, 1 August 2019: UK anti-Semitic incidents hit a ‘record high,’ says watchdog group, Jerusalem Post, 1 August 2019: American Jews are asking: Is it safe to pray in synagogue? (it is undisputed that anti-Semitism in Europe and North America once again reaches painful highs. The fact that the activists see opponents in their struggle against anit-Semitism in those permanently tempered times when there are no enemies is shown by the example of issue 4/2019 of “Spiegel Geschichte” on “Jewish Life in Germany”. A very interesting and well-done review. The magazine was illustrated with two Eastern European Orthodox Jews, who came to Berlin by the thousands in the 1920s to escape the persecutions and pogroms in Eastern Europe. At the time, Berlin was THE hotspot of Jewish life in Europe, and Orthodox Jews could be found in the historic center of Berlin, around the Scheunenviertel, in large numbers. Therefore, the cover picture fits very well with the content of the magazine. Then, at national and international level, it was alleged that it was an anti-Semitic illustration. The critics apparently failed to adhere to an essential rule, namely to first buy and read the magazine before making allegations. It is certainly not wrong to complain once too much, than once too little. However, if one accuses others of ignorance, but then demonstratively show it yourself, that is not conducive to the cause (but it is also true that at the time there were quite a few secular Jews in Berlin, who were much less noticed in the cityscape) – Jerusalem Post, 3 August 2019: Jews, U.S. ambassador: German weekly magazine spreads Nazi propaganda, Times of Israel, 4 August 2019: German Jews accuse Der Spiegel of spreading anti-Semitic stereotypes), Times of Israel, 2 August 2019: Jewish cemetery vandalized in the Czech Republic, Times of Israel, 3 August 2019: As Holocaust memory fades, survivor asks German youth to be justice ‘upstanders’, Times of Israel, 4 August 2019: Graves, guilt and genius: Inside Lithuania’s struggle with its checkered past,, 4 August 2019: German far right moves ahead of Merkel’s conservatives in east: poll, Jerusalem Post, 6 August 2019: ‘Israelis living abroad are turning their back on the country’, Haaretz, 6 August 2019: Netanyahu Was Quick to Denounce Rival’s ‘anti-Semitism.’ Here Are 5 Times He Stayed Silent, Jerusalem Post, 7 August 2019: Five headlines show worldwide anti-Jewish incidents – analysis, Israel Hayom, 7 August 2019: Anti-Semitism under the guise of human rights, Jerusalem Post, 7 August 2019: State Department redefines antisemitism: Don’t compare Israel to the Nazis, Times of Israel, 7 August 2019: Polish government invites top rabbi to event honoring accused Nazi collaborators, Times of Israel, 8 August 2019: Lithuanian synagogue reopens after government vows to guarantee security, Jerusalem Post, 9 August 2019: Students from 80 campuses worldwide will attend CAMERA’s conference (Criticism of the Israeli government, The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz and The Fateful Triangle by Noam Chomsky), Jerusalem Post, 10 January 2019: Accused neo-Nazi charged with planning attack on Las Vegas synagogue, Israel Hayom, 12 August 2019: Israel’s boycott of Alternative for Germany: the right thing to do? (interestingly enough, here is a apologist for far right-wing (like Netanyahu and his Likud), antisemetic, anti-Muslim (like Netanyahu and his Likud) and unconstitutional AfD – this time from Israel’s daily Israel Hayom, Netanyahu’s main advertisement agency), The Washington Post, 13 August 2019: The rise of anti-Semitism on the left, Jerusalem Post, 14 August 2019: UN ask Palestianians to explain hate speech, antisemitism, Jerusalem Post, 15 August 2019: Pro-Israel positions don’t excuse antisemitism in Amerika – opinion, Jerusalem Post, 18 August 2019: London Mayor supports Holocaust memorial plans, despite controversy, UK Holocaust Memorial, Israel Hayom, 20 August 2019: London’s mayor pressures to build Holocaust museum near Parliament, CNN, 20 August 2019: Jewish leaders outraged by Trump saying Jews disloyal if they vote for Democrats, The Guardian, 20 August 2019: Trump uses antisemitic trope to question loyalty of Jewish Democrats – live, Haaretz, 20 August 2019: Trump: Jews Voting Democrat Are Disloyal or Ignorant, Times of Israel, 20 August 2019: Jewish groups: Trump spreads anti-Semitic trope by accusing Jews of ‘disloyalty’, The Guardian, 21 August 2019: Jew-baiting is part of the Trump playbook. It’s a feature, not a bug, Haaretz, 21 August 2019: Trump’s Vile ‘Disloyalty’ Smear Refle, Al Jazeera, 21 August 2019: Jews tweet ‘disloyal to Trump’ after Trump calls them disloyal, Haaretz, 21 August 2019: Trump Has Made It Official: He Is the Greatest anti-Semite of Our Age, Times of Israel, 23 August 2019: Left-wing anti-Semitism has had British Jews debating loyalty for years, CNN, 21 August 2019: Trump adds Jews to his hit parade of hatred, Jerusalem Post, 25 August 2019: UK’s Jewish Labour movement exposes antisemitic attacks on social media, Times of Israel, 26 August 2019: German soccer team refuses to acknowledge fans over anti-Semitic, racist chants, France24, 26 August 2019: Israel: Why some ageing Holocaust survivors are living in poverty, Israel Hayom, 26 August 2019: European anti-Semitism, aliyah, and the uncertain future of French Jewry, Jerusalem Post, 31 August 2019: 2nd assault this week against Orthodox Jewish man reported in NYC, Haaretz, 4 September 2019: Four anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Committed in New York City This Week, Times of Israel, 4 September 2019: In Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn, a spate of assaults feels all too familiar, Jerusalem Post, 5 September 2019: U.S. ambassador to ‘Post’: Tehran mayor should be on US/EU sanctions list (World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS) – funny, the lowest-profile US diplomat in Germany ever, Richard Grenell, is whining again. Than, Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller, did the absolut right thing by inviting Tehran’s mayor Pirouz Hanachi. It might be okay for Netanyahu and Trump to burn down all diplomatic bridges to Western democracies and to built up strong relationships with white, xenophobic autocrats and dictators instead, as they seem to think, that to isolate their countries internationally is the way to go. This neither counts for the EU nor for Germany in particular. Just another reason why Germany is among the only 20 countries around the globe with the status “full democracy”, while Israel and the US aren’t. In view of the upcoming elections in Israel and the US, to keep the greatest possible distance to Netanyahu and Trump is recommended anyway, so as not to accidentally get dragged into the the two surrounding corruption swamps), Jerusalem Post, 7 September 2019: Dutch neo-Nazi group to protest “Zionist lobby’ outside Israeli embassy, Jerusalem Post, 7 September 2019: Entire street of houses vandalized with swastikas in California, Times of Israel, 8 September 2019: Israelis brutally beaten in Poland club, attackers said to scream ‘f**k Israel’, Jerusalem Post, 9 September 2019: Israeli tourist attacked in Berlin for speaking Hebrew, Jerusalem Post, 9 September 2019: Violent BDS activists assault Israeli Film festival attendees in Berlin, Jerusalem Post, 11 September 2019: In era of ‘gotcha journalism,’ charges of antisemitism are just a weapon, Jerusalem Post, 15 September 2019: 50 years since Poland expelled its Jews in state purge – what changed?, The Guardian, 16 September 2019: AfD politician threatens journalist after Hitler comparison (now imagine that this whiny jumping jack wants to become a “Führer”. Ridiculous, ludicrous and laughable at the same time), Israel Hayom, 18 September 2019: Report finds alarming spike in Israel-related anti-Semitism on US college campuses, Israel Hayom, 20 September 2019: Austria to grant citizenship to descendants of Nazi victims, Jerusalem Post, 21 September 2019: Call to destroy Israel at Islamist conference in Ankara, Times of Israel, 22 September 2019: As Putin cracks down on democracy, Russian Jews increasingly moving to Israel, Times of Israel, 24 September 2019: New UN report on combating anti-Semitism warns phenomenon ‘toxic’ to societies, Jerusalem Post, 26 September 2019: White supremacy a major domestic terror threat, DHS says, Times of Israel, 27 September 2019: Polish president blamed Israel for anti-Semitic incidents in country — report, Jerusalem Post, 28 Septmeber 2019: ‘Jews exploit Poles,’ report leads to massive online hate in Poland, Israel Hayom, 28 September 2019: The answer to rising anti-Semitism: Never again, Times of Israel, 29 September 2019: ‘Beware of parasites’: Anti-Semitic posters put up in Warsaw ahead of elections, Jerusalem Post, 29 September 2019: Israeli-Romanian Holocaust survivors to receive NIS 16 million, Jerusalem Post, 1 October 2019: More than 130,000 Sephardic Jews apply for Spanish citizenship by deadline, Jerusalem Post, 6 October 2019: Australian officials express concern over shocking antisemitism in schools, Times of Israel, 5 October 2019: Anti-Semitic hate crimes in NYC have risen significantly in 2019, Jerusalem Post, 6 October 2019: Robert Kraft names new Exec. Director of Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism, Times of Israel, 8 October 2019: Canadian synagogue targeted with swastikas and anti-Jewish symbols, Israel Hayom, 8 October 2019: Ahead of Yom Kippur, NY Jewish leaders insist on increased security, Times of Israel, 8 October 2019: How Pittsburgh changed the way American Jews think about security, The Guardian, 9 October 2019: Germany shooting: ‘Rampage situation’ as two killed in city of Halle, BBC, 9 October 2019: Germany gun attacks: At least two killed in Halle shootings, Times of Israel, 9 October 2019: 2 shot dead, several injured as German synagogue targeted in Yom Kippur attack, Haaretz, 9 October 2019: Two Killed in Shooting Near German Synagogue, One Suspect Arrested, BBC, 9 October 2019: Germany shooting: Gunman kills two after attacking synagogue,, 9 October 2019: German officials decry ‘anti-Semitic’ shooting that killed 2 (homegrown terrorism), Haaretz, 9 October 2019: German Synagogue Shooting Makes Clear the Far Right Targets Jews and Muslims Alike, CNN, 10 October 2019: German synagogue gunman couldn’t break down the door. That saved lives, The New York Times, 10 October 2019: A Synagogue Attack Shocks Germany. But Why?, Times of Israel, 10 October 2019: Armed with guns and bombs, synagogue shooter planned ‘massacre’ — prosecutor, BBC, 10 October 2019: German synagogue shooting was far-right terror, justice minister says, Haaretz, 10 October 2019: Germany Synagogue Attack: Liberal Values Make Jews Everywhere Prime Target for White Supremacists, Times of Israel, 10 October 2019: As vigils held, Halle Jewish leader says he’s now ‘not sure Germany is our home’, Haaretz, 10 October 2019: A neo-Nazi Massacre of German Jews on Yom Kippur Was Averted – This Time, Jerusalem Post, 10 October 2019: Rivlin to German president: Act without ‘compromise’angainst antisemitism, Israel Hayom, 10 October 2019: Jewish, Israeli leaders condemn deadly Yom Kippur attack, Jerusalem Post, 10 October 2019: The UN Antisemitism report’s achievements and shortcomings, CNN, 11 October 2019: German synagogue shooter confesses, says motivated by anti-Semitic views, CNN, 11 October 2019: Halle survivor: Gun control saved my life, Haaretz, 12 October 2019: ‘We’re All Affected’: In Halle, Shocked Locals Rally Around Jewish Community, Times of Israel, 12 October 2019: ‘A shabbat of healing’: Halle’s resilient Jews return to pray, find solidarity, Times of Israel, 13 October 2019: For the German far-right, the ‘real problem’ is the Jews, Israel Hayom, 13 October 2019: Romania gives green light for Holocaust museum, Times of Israel, 13 October 2019: Starting where Nazis burned books, 10,000 march in Berlin against anti-Semitism, Der Spiegel, 15 October 2019: Never Again? The Halle Attack and Everyday Anti-Semitism in Germany (everybody has to show initiative within the scope of own possibilities, according to the motto:

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Even when people of the so-called “majority society” are little or not all all confronted with the negative developments in dealing with minorities in their own life and opinion bubbles, they can hardly ignore news, reports or statistics, which are part of the news flow of media outlets on a daily basis. First of all, it is above all “annoying” and means “extra work”, if one wants to deal with the whole complex of topics, of which antisemitism is one facet. Others include xenophobia and racism in general and Islamophobia, misogyny and homophobia in particular. Only when people understand the complexity and interconnectivity of the topics, the full extent of the resulting challenges becomes clear and only then it will become clear how much effort it takes to counteract this. This starts with the procurement of publicly available information, which can prove extremely difficult in detail, so that there is virtually no “generally valid, reliable, neutral, practical guide for everyday life and for everyone”. Many want to help and get involved, but nobody wants to be or become a tool of interests. Making data and material available through ‘information collection points’ is just one of the many challenges to help the civil society to engage more and more easily. Without this civic engagement, there will be only little progress, because the state can indeed set something in motion, but without the civilian base, only ineffective Sunday speeches will be held and a lot of money will be burned without getting sustainable and lasting results or changes. In principle, the same applies to this complex of topics, which applies to all other topics as well, namely to regularly question oneself, to examine one’s own points of view and to adapt them accordingly after gaining new insights. On the subject of antisemitism, the Middle East/Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the politics of Israel additionally contain special sensitivities due to the German history and requires dealing with it accordingly, so that in the discussion about the subjects always has to be questioned if one has bypassed as many landmines and faux pas as possible (from the own point of view, it takes some practice to to get acceptable results), if own contributions are of constructive nature (challenges in connection with solution approaches) or if one unintentionally opens a back door for antisemitism by formulating too many generalities and too few clear, unequivocal, and unambiguous perspectives), Times of Israel, 15 October 2019: Hate crimes against Jews in England and Wales doubled in past year, Jerusalem Post, 15 October 2019: European Union experiences sharp rise in antisemitism – study, DW, 17 October 2019: Former Nazi concentration camp guard on trial in Hamburg, CNN, 17 October 2019: Former Nazi guard, 93, to stand trial in Germany over thousands of camp murders, BBC, 17 October 2019: Holocaust trial: Former Stutthof guard on trial in Germany, Israel Hayom, 17 October 2019: Former Nazi SS guard, 93, going on trial in Hamburg, Jerusalem Post, 17 October 2019: New York man wearing kippah with drawn-on swastika escorted from diner, Times of Israel, 18 October 2019: Year after massacre, Pittsburgh synagogue plans to become center for Jewish life, Jewish News, 18 October 2019: Shuls urged to ‘keep doors closed and locked’ amid security threats, Jerusalem Post, 19 October 2019: Antisemitic hate crimes nearly doubled in England in 2018, Times of Israel, 19 October 2019: Germany rethinks security for Jewish community after synagogue shooting, Jerusalem Post, 21 October 2019: After synagogue attack, German lawmakers under fire for meeting Iranian Holocaust denier (sometime in the future, even the contributors to the tabloids BILD/Jerusalem Post might figure out what diplomatic missions are, what they are good for, and why Bundestag delegations meet with delegations from other countries, even from hostile ones. Obviously, this time hasn’t come yet), Times of Israel, 21 October 2019: ADL: Pittsburgh synagogue massacre spawned spate of far-right plots against Jews, Jerusalem Post, 22 October 2019: ‘BILD’: German president, MPs, diplomat ‘make antisemitism respectable’ (interesting how different the perceptions are. What some see as diplomatic necessities, others see as supposedly anti-Israeli or antisemitic. Equally interesting is that the German tabloid BILD and its Israeli counterpart, Jerusalem Post (apparently pathological hater of Germany and the EU), are playing Pingpong in an attempt to portray Germany’s policy as anti-Israeli. This against the background that Israel’s security is actually Germany’s raison d’etat, but not the support of the racist and Islamophobic Likud under Benjamin Netanyahu, what seemingly drives their supporters at BILD and Jerusalem Post nuts like spoiled brats who can’t get their ways), Haaretz, 22 October 2019: Israelis Abroad Facing a philo-Semitic Wave, Israel Hayom, 22 October 2019: Report: Synagogue massacre led to string of attack plots, CNN, 23 October 2019: Poll: Nearly a third of Jewish people avoid publicly wearing things that might identify them as Jewish, Times of Israel, 23 October 2019: 9 out of 10 US Jews worry about anti-Semitism, and most think it’s getting worse, Jerusalem Post, 24 October 2019: Nearly 9 in 10 American Jews say antisemitism is a problem in U.S., Israel Hayom, 25 October 2019: Jew-hatred and the erosion of the West’s moral compass, Israel Hayom, 25 October 2019: Progressive Jewish Americans and the legitimacy of Zionism, Jerusalem Post, 25 October 2019: Connecticut Synagogue evactuated after receiving bomg threats, Israel Hayom, 25 October 2019: Neo-Nazis attempt to set fire to Hungarian Jewish community center, Israel Hayom, 27 October 2019: Senior rabbi warns about rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, Haaretz, 27 October 2019: U.S. Jews Seek Ways to Fight New Age of anti-Semitism, Israel Hayom, 27 October 2019: Jewish museum in Portugal’s oldest synagogue reopens after 2-year renovation, Times of Israel, 27 October 2019: Seattle Holocaust center vandalized with white supremacist graffiti, Israel Hayom, 27 October 2019: Secret synagogue in Dubai prays for Persian Gulf revival, Jerusalem Post, 27 October 2019: HIAS head blames Trump for continued rise in antisemitism, hate, Haaretz, 27 October 2019: A Year After Pittsburgh Shooting, How Safe Do You Feel as a Jew in America?, Times of Israel, 28 October 2019: Pittsburgh victims remembered at anniversary ceremony with tears and prayers, DW, 28 October 2019: Opinion: Herzl Award for Merkel is a recognition and a responsibility, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 28 October 2019: Angela Merkel honored by World Jewish Congress for fighting anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 28 October 2019: Vatican, Jews criticize Italy’s right for snubbing antisemitism committee, Times of Israel, 31 October 2019: Italian Jews condemn right-wing parties for not backing anti-Semitism committee, Israel Hayom, 31 October 2019: ‘Never again’ is here and now, Israel Hayom, 3 November 2019: ‘I came to liberate the Western Wall’, Times of Isarel, 4 November 2019: White supremacist charged with planning to blow up Colorado synagogue, Jerusalem Post, 4 November 2019: Consensus that antisemitism is a global problem, not just a Jewish one, Jerusalem Post, 4 November 2019: German Cardinal: Antisemitism is an attack on us all, CNN, 7 November 2019: Labour Party’s election pitch marred by accusations that its leader is racist, BBC, 7 November 2019: Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threats, CNN, 7 November 2019: This Holocaust survivor receives 200 threats a day. Now she needs police protection, Jerusalem Post, 7 November 2019: Kirstallnacht: The shattering of illusion, Jerusalem Post, 8 November 2019: Antisemitism: What to do about it?, Times of Israel, 8 November 2019: Descendants of Nazis organize global marches against contemporary anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 9 November 2019: UNESCO book program puts antisemitic material on display (UNESCO World Book Capital), Times of Israel, 9 November 2019: The forgotten mass destruction of Jewish homes during ‘Kristallnacht’, Times of Israel, 10 November 2019: On Kristallnacht anniversary, yellow stars appear on Jewish sites in Scandinavia, Times of Israel, 10 November 2019: Yair Lapid: Same old anti-Semitism, different Jews, Israel Hayom, 10 November 2019: Marking Kristallnacht, UN chief vows to fight anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 11 November 2019: Over 80 headstones vandalized in Jewish cemetery in Denmark, Jerusalem Post, 11 November 2019: Thousands take to streets in germany to protest neo-Nazi rally, Israel Hayom, 11 November 2019: Greece endorses universal definition of anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 11 November 2019: Antisemitism reported across Europe on 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, Jerusalem Post, 11 November 2019: EU struggling to combat antisemitism: Hate crimes reported inconsistently, The Guardian, 12 November 2019: Fighting antisemitism is at the heart of the left’s struggle against oppression, Israel Hayom, 13 November 2019: ‘It’s not anti-Semitic to criticize Israel,’ Bernie Sanders says, Jerusalem Post, 14 November 2019: Survivors, scholars say threat of another Holocaust is not to be ignored, Times of Israel, 17 November 2019: Operation Kristallnacht: Neo-Nazi accused of organizing synagogue vandalism ring, BBC, 18 November 2019: The fight to get citizenship for descendants of German Jews, (The Guardian, 29 August 2019: Germany citizenship rules for descendants of Nazi victims eased, DW, 30 August 2019: Descendants of Nazi-era Jews fight for German citizenship, BBC, 30 August 2019: Germany eases citizen rules for WW2 refugee descendants, German Citizenship Project – apart from the uninviting background of the reports (the typical annoying German bureaucracy), it is very nice to hear and read that so many Jews of German descent want to have the citizenship of the country of their ancestors. This should be far easier and not more difficult for them), Jerusalem Post, 20 November 2019: Fighting antisemitism, Israel Hayom, 21 November 2019: The ‘Old-New’ Kind of anti-Semitism in New York City, Jerusalem Post, 21 November 2019: Packer: No daylight in fight against antisemitism, Israel Hayom, 21 November 2019: Survey: A quarter of Europeans harbor anti-Jewish sentiment, Times of Israel, 21 November 2019: Germany’s Merkel to make first visit to Auschwitz as chancellor, Israel Hayom, 21 November 2019: Dozens of world leaders to attend Israel event on combating anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 22 November 2019: Holocaust: Restitution battles, France24, 24 November 2019: Lebanese businessman to give Hitler hat to Israeli foundation, DW, 24 November 2019: Hitler’s top hat donated to Israeli foundation, Haaretz, 25 November 2019: The pro-Trump Racists and anti-Semites Who Could Bring Down Trump – and American Conservatism, Jerusalem Post, 26 November 2019: Antisemitism surges in east German state: Study, Isarel Hayom, 26 November 2019: Like schnitzel, anti-Semitism has become part of the cultural fabric of Europe, Times of Israel, 26 November 2019: US House bill would help Holocaust survivors recover billions in insurance, Israel Hayom, 28 November 2019: Australia sees 30% spike in anti-Semitic incidents in 2019, Times of Israel, 28 November 2019: Germany to tighten law on anti-Semitic crimes after Halle synagogue attack, Jerusalem Post, 1 December 2019: Merkel gov’t continues UN assault against Israel, snubbing German Jews (Israel could easily end this by simply abiding to international law, like everyone else has to do. This is what Netanyahu’s right-wing nationalist government has obviously not on the map), Haaretz, 1 December 2019: Israel Is Rewriting the History of Middle Eastern Jews for Propaganda, Jerusalem Post, 1 December 2019: European Jewish practice under threat, says Moscow chief rabbi, Jerusalem Post, 3 December 2019: Three Ds of antisemitism: demonization, delegitimization, double standards, Times of Israel, 3 December 2019: French lawmakers pass resolution calling Israel hatred a form of anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 4 December 2019: Strasbourg residents ‘disgusted’ as nearby Jewish cemetery desecrated, CNN, 4 December 2019: Swastikas sprayed on more than 100 graves in Jewish cemetery in France, Times of Israel, 4 December 2019: France creates anti-hate crime office as anti-Semitic wave shakes nation, The New York Times, 5 December 2019: Inconvenient Murders, Haaretz, 5 December 2019: Angela Merkel to Make Major Donation in First Visit to Auschwitz, Times of Israel, 5 December 2019: Merkel to pledge 60 million euros for Auschwitz museum during visit – report, France24, 6 December 2019: Germany’s Merkel visits Auschwitz for first time as chancellor, BBC, 6 December 2019: Holocaust: Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for first time, CNN, 6 December 2019: Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for the first time in 14 years as Germany’s leader,, 6 December 2019: Merkel warns of rising intolerance on first Auschwitz visit, The Guardian, 7 December 2019: Revealed: how the Caribbean became a haven for Jews fleeing Nazi tyranny, Gulf Times, 7 December 2019: German library to return books looted by Nazis, France24, 11 December 2019: Jersey City mayor says kosher store targeted in deadly shooting, BBC, 11 December 2019: New Jersey killers ‘targeted’ Jewish supermarket, NPR, 11 December 2019: Jersey City Shooting Was ‘A Targeted Attack On The Jewish Kosher Deli’, CNN, 11 December 2019: Thousands of Italians rallied around a Holocaust survivor who received 200 anti-Semitic threats a day, The New York Times, 11 December 2019: Jersey City Shooting: Suspect Published Anti-Semitic Posts, Official Says,, 11 December 2019: Trump’s Executive Order Does Nothing to Protect Jews; Only Restricts Free Speech, The Week, 11 December 2019: Trump to define Judaism as a race or nationality in executive order for college campuses, Times of Israel, 11 December 2019: Jewish groups divided on Trump order targeting college anti-Semitism, Al Jazeera, 11 December 2019: Trump to target anti-Semitism on US college campuses, Times of Israel, 11 December 2019: Thousands rally around threatened Holocaust survivor in Milan, Haaretz, 11 December 2019: Jersey City Shooter Posted anti-Semitic Content Online, Report Says (Black Hebrew Israelites), Times of Israel, 11 December 2019: German ‘Nazi grandma’ denied early prison release, Haaretz, 11 December 2019: Trump to Sign Executive Order on anti-Semitism, Times of Israel, 11 December 2019: After 100 years, Germany to reinstate military rabbis, The New York Times, 11 December 2019: Trump’s Executive Order and the Rise of Anti-Semitism, Times of Israel, 13 December 2019: At White House Hanukkah party, Trump hails pastor who preaches Jews go to hell, CNN, 14 December 2019: 100 Jewish graves were desecrated in France. A search for the websites that fueled the hate led to the US, CNN, 14 December 2019: UNESCO removes ‘anti-Semitic’ Belgian carnival from heritage list, Al Jazeera, 16 December 2019: Confusion is the aim of Trump’s executive order on anti-Semitism, The New York Times, 16 December 2019: Anti-Semitism or Free Speech? College Students Cheer and Fear Trump Order, Times of Israel, 18 December 2019: Cyprus adopts international anti-Semitism definition, earning praise from Israel, Jerusalem Post, 18 December 2019: Antisemitism, anti-Zionism only increasing in France -Israeli ambassador, Israel Hayom, 18 December 2019: Jewish cemetery in Slovakia vandalized, Jerusalem Post, 21 December 2020: The unknown Holocaust in the former Soviet Union, Times of Israel, 23 December 2019: As prewar synagogues decay, European body calls for official preservation action, Jerusalem Post, 24 December 2019: Slovakia investigating recent vandalism at a Jewish cemetery, Jerusalem Post, 25 December 2019: Whose problem is antisemitism? Everyone’s, Haaretz, 25 December 2019: ‘Enough Is Enough’: N.Y.C. Sees Three anti-Semitic Attacks in 24 Hours, Jerusalem Post, 25 December 2019: ‘Our worst nightmare’: Vandalism at Persian synagogue stuns congregation, Haaretz, 26 December 2019: Auschwitz, the Director’s Cut: How Poland Is Rewriting the Holocaust Narrative,, 26 December 2019: To stay safe, Dutch synagogue operates by invitation only, Times of Israel, 26 December 2019: ADL condemns string of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City, Haaretz, 27 December 2019: N.Y.C. Ups Policing in Jewish Areas After Spate of Attacks, Mayor Announces, DW, 28 December 2019: Poland summons Russian ambassador over WWII spat, Times of Israel, 28 December 2019: Poland censures Russian envoy over Hitler collusion accusation by Putin,, 29 December 2019: Polish PM accuses Putin of ‘deliberate’ lies in WWII spat, Haaretz, 29 December 2019: Auschwitz, the Director’s Cut: How Poland Is Rewriting the Holocaust Narrative, The New York Times, 29 December 2019: Intruder in Monsey Screamed ‘I’ll Get You’ in Machete Attack on Jews, The National, 29 December 2019: ‘Mass stabbing’ at US rabbi’s house, Haaretz, 29 December 2019: Five Stabbed in New York Attack on Rabbi’s Home During Hanukkah Celebration, NPR, 29 December 2019: Gov. Cuomo Calls New York Hanukkah Attack ‘Act Of Domestic Terrorism’, CNN, 29 December 2019: Suspect in Hanukkah celebration stabbings arrested in New York City with ‘blood all over him,’ source says, Al Jazeera, 29 December 2019: New York governor: Hanukkah knife attack act of ‘domestic terror’, The Guardian, 29 December 2019: London synagogue and shops targeted with antisemitic graffiti, Times of Israel, 29 December 2019: America’s challenge, as violent anti-Semitism swells, Haaretz, 29 December 2019: In the 2010s, anti-Semitism Went Mainstream, Haaretz, 30 December 2019: Why Israeli Politicians Aren’t Talking About America’s anti-Semitism Crisis, Even After Monsey, The Guardian, 30 December 2019: Democratic candidates decry Hanukah attacks: ‘We must fight flames of hatred’, Jerusalem Post, 31 December 2019: French Philosopher: ‘Left-wing Islamism and antisemitism have a future,’, The New York Times, 31 December 2019: How to Protect New York’s Jews, CNN, 1 January 2020: We must combat antisemitic hate crimes with solidarity, not violence, Al Jazeera, 2 January 2020: Israel: A model for the far right, NBC New York, 2 January 2020: Anti-Semitism Grows in Jewish Communities in NYC Suburbs, NPR, 3 January 2020: ‘It’s Getting Very Scary’: Hasidic Jews Change Routines Amid Anti-Semitic Attacks, Times of Israel, 4 January 2020: How US leaders can help fight anti-Semitism in 2020, France24, 5 January 2020: With anti-semitism on the rise in New York, Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn are on the defensive, Times of Israel, 5 January 2020: New Yorkers flock to massive rally against anti-Semitism in wake of attacks, France24, 5 January 2020: Hundreds rally in Paris to seek justice for murdered Jewish woman Sarah Halimi, Haaretz, 6 January 2020: Polish President Demands to Speak at Yad Vashem: Poles Lost Most People in Auschwitz (in post-factual times, nationalists around the world try to hijack the term “truth” for themselves. Of course, the Polish government is no exception), Times of Israel, 6 January 2020: Not invited to speak, Poland president may skip major Jerusalem Holocaust forum, Times of Israel, 7 January 2020: Snubbed as speaker, Polish president won’t attend Holocaust event in Jerusalem, Times of Israel, 8 January 2020: String of anti-Semitic assaults weigh on young US Jews, Jerusalem Post, 8 January 2020: Auschwitz visited by record number of 2.32 million people in 2019, Israel Hayom, 8 January 2020: Anti-Semitic vandalism strikes Jewish sites in France, Greece and Ukraine, Jerusalem Post, 8 January 2020: Poland’s Israel problem, The Times, 8 January 2020: Poland set to boycott Auschwitz ceremony over row with Israel and Russia, Haaretz, 9 January 2020: With anti-Semitic Attacks on the Rise, African Americans Rally Behind N.Y. Jewish Community, Jerusalem Post, 10 January 2020: Antisemitic conspiracies flourish in wake of Soleimani assassination, Jerusalem Post, 11 January 2020: Growth of antisemitism in America: It’s complicated, Jerusalem Post, 12 January 2020: Magnificent synagogue restored in Alexandria, but only three Jews show up, Times of Israel, 13 January 2020: Jerusalem issues rare critique of Ukraine’s glorification of Holocaust deniers, Jerusalem Post, 14 January 2020: Germany gives $4.4 million to Dutch Holocaust museum, Israel Hayom, 12 January 2020: Blaming anti-Semitism on capitalism, Jerusalem Post, 16 January 2020: Box resembling fake homemade bomb placed outside Amsterdam kosher eatery, Times of Israel, 16 January 2020: Lithuania wants to erase its Holocaust role. That’s deplorable, Jerusalem Post, 16 January 2020: US House committee holds hearing on antisemitism, Haaretz, 16 January 2020: The Dirty Politics Behind Israel’s Capitulation to Putin’s WWII Revisionism, Times of Israel, 16 January 2020: Poland, Lithuania lock arms to resist Russia’s WWII revisionism, Jerusalem Post, 16 January 2020: UK’s Robert Jenrick to ‘Post’: Gov’t to take strong action against BDS, Jerusalem Post, 17 January 2020: Israeli diplomat blasts German peace conference as antisemitic, Jerusalem Post, 18 January 2020: For first time, Ukrainian Parliament marks int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day, Times of Israel, 19 January 2020: A serious man: Zelensky bids to address Ukraine’s dark past, brighten its future, Jerusalem Post, 19 January 2020: New Holocaust exhibition to be held where the Final Solution was planned, Times of Israel, 19 January 2020: German envoy ‘horrified and ashamed’ anti-Semitism still persists after Shoah, Jerusalem Post, 19 January 2020: Italy adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism, Israel Hayom, 19 January 2020: Holocaust politics is bad for the Jews,, 21 January 2020: Moscow’s Holocaust revisionism, Times of Israel, 22 January 2020: Everything you must know about the biggest diplomatic event in Israel’s history, Haaretz, 22 January 2020: In New Battle Over Auschwitz Legacy, Poland Falls Victim to Holocaust Geopolitic, Times of Israel, 22 January 2020: Director of Auschwitz Museum slams holding of World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, France24, 22 January 2020: ‘The Last Ones’: Listening to survivors of the concentration camp, Times of Israel, 22 January 2020: Senior Saudi religious leader set for ‘groundbreaking’ visit to Auschwitz Thurs., The Guardian, 22 January 2020: Half of Americans don’t know 6m Jews were killed in Holocaust, survey says, Haaretz, 22 January 2020: At Holocaust Forum, Israeli President Calls on World Leaders to Battle anti-Semitism, Times of Israel, 22 January 2020: 100 European legislators visit Auschwitz, urged to be tougher on anti-Semitism, The New York Times, 22 January 2020: ‘No Room for Indifference’: Leaders Issue Warning at Holocaust Commemoration, The New York Times, 22 January 2020: World Leaders, Gathering to Mark Holocaust, Are Urged to Fight ‘Deadly Cancer’, Israel Hayom, 18 February 2020: Anti-Semitism in the Netherlands hits all-time high in 2019.


Israel Hayom, 23 January 2020: Honoring Holocaust victims means fighting anti-Semitism, Times of Israel, 23 January 2020: At Yad Vashem, German president says Germans haven’t learned lesson of Holocaust, France24, 23 January 2020: In Jerusalem, Yad Vashem preserves the memory of Holocaust victims, BBC, 23 January 2020: Auschwitz commemoration: 75 years since Holocaust camp liberation, The Washington Post, 23 January 2020: Russia and Poland are playing political games with the Holocaust, Times of Israel, 23 January 2020: ‘This crime had accomplices’: Full text of Putin’s World Holocaust Forum speech, NPR, 23 January 2020: Holocaust Survivor Returning To Auschwitz: ‘It’s Like Going To The Family Cemetery’, France24, 23 January 2020: Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus: ‘For children, Auschwitz was less horrible than for adults’, CNN, 23 January 2020: World leaders in Jerusalem show battle against anti-Semitism not yet a victory, The New York Times, 23 January 2020: At Holocaust Memorial, a Survivor and Towering Moral Voice Says He ‘Cannot Forgive’, France24, 23 January 2020: Holocaust must not ‘justify’ division or hate, Macron says on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation, The Washington Post, 23 January 2020: World leaders convene in Jerusalem to remember Holocaust and counter anti-Semitism, The Guardian, 23 January 2020: Israel: world leaders warned of growth of antisemitism at Holocaust event, Haaretz, 24 January 2020: World Leaders Call for End to New anti-Semitism, Reflect on Dark Past at Holocaust Forum, Times of Israel, 24 January 2020: This must never happen again, says Saudi cleric as Muslim group tours Auschwitz, Haaretz, 24 January 2020: Israel Sold the Memory of the Holocaust to the Interests of Foreign Nations, France24, 24 January 2020: Rothschild heir accuses Vienna of ‘perpetuating’ Nazi laws: reports, BBC, 25 January 2020: Auschwitz: Searching for traces of my grandfather, The New York Times, 25 January 2020: 75 Years After Auschwitz Liberation, Worry That ‘Never Again’ Is Not Assured, Arab News, 25 January 2020: Muslims, Jews make historic joint visit to Auschwitz, Der Spiegel, 26 January 2020: German Foreign Minister on the Legacy of the Holocaust: “For A Long Time Now, Words Have Not Been Enough”, Jerusalem Post, 26 January 2020: Reuven Rivlin to address German Bundestag, Times of Israel, 26 January 2020: Germany warns of ‘mass exit’ of Jews if anti-Semitism persists, The National, 26 January 2020: Muslim leaders stand with Jewish community on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation, Jerusalem Post, 26 January 2020: Holocaust survivors return to Auschwitz 75 years after its liberation, Times of Israel, 26 January 2020: France reports 27% increase in anti-Semitic acts, The Guardian, 27 January 2020: Auschwitz survivors to return after 75 years for memorial ceremony, France24, 27 January 2020: Live: Commemorations mark 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, CNN, 27 January 2020: My grandfather survived four years in Auschwitz. For the rest of his life he was determined not to remain imprisoned by it, The Guardian, 27 January 2020: I have lived my life in the shadow of Auschwitz. This is what it has meant, Haaretz, 27 January 2020: Rivlin in Poland to Mark 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation, Meet With Polish President, Times of Israel, 27 January 2020: Marking 75 years since liberation, Auschwitz survivors to issue warning, France24, 27 January 2020: ‘We need to look at the photographs of Auschwitz’, The New York Times, 27 January 2020: Before the Liberation of Auschwitz, a March of Misery, France24, 27 January 2020: VIDEO: A chilling tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, BBC, 27 January 2020: ‘I was 90% dead’: Henri’s story of surviving Auschwitz, France24, 27 January 2020: 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation: Testifying till their last breath, BBC, 27 January 2020: Holocaust Day prompts new anti-Semitism warnings, The Guardian, 27 January 2020: ‘Thou shalt not be indifferent’: from Auschwitz’s gate of hell, a last, desperate warning, France24, 27 January 2020: Holocaust survivors provide moving testimonies at Auschwitz liberation ceremony, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 27 January 2020: Ronald S. Lauder at Auschwitz: The Girl With The Red Coat, The New York Times, 27 January 2020: At Auschwitz, Holocaust Survivors Plead ‘Never Forget’, Haaretz, 27 January 2020: Israeli President in Poland: Many Poles Aided in Murder of Jews, Jerusalem Post, 29 January 2020: Reuven Rivlin: Israel and Germany walk together between past and present, Israel Hayom, 29 January 2020: Rivlin mourns Holocaust victims at German parliament, Jerusalem Post, 30 January 2020: Holocaust survivor moves European Parliament to tears with speech, Israel Hayom, 31 January 2020: Anti-Semitic stereotypes persist in America, ADL survey shows, DW, 4 February 2020: Israel’s Yad Vashem apologizes for Holocaust video errors, Times of Israel, 5 February 2020: Why Is Anti-Semitism More Conspicuous Today?, Jerusalem Post, 6 February 2020: Record high antisemitic incidents recorded in UK in 2019, Times of Israel, 7 February 2020: UK Jewish leader: Anti-Semitism worse than ever since WWII yet we’re ignoring it, Israel Hayom, 11 February 2020: As BDS runs rampant on UK campuses, Jewish students are fighting back, Israel Hayom, 16 February 2020: As anti-Semitism on US campuses rises, Jewish students refuse to remain silent, Times of Israel, 26 February 2020: European Jewish group unveils plan to ‘beat anti-Semitism’ amid rise in attacks, Jerusalem Post, 26 February 2020: German antisemite seeks to seize Israeli flag from pro-Israel communists (a “pro-Israel communist group”? When ever you think that it can’t get any weirder, you’ll soon find out: it can!), Jerusalem Post, 26 February 2020: 1 in 5 Europeans says secret Jewish cabal runs the world, survey finds, Israel Hayom, 27 February 2020: European leaders vow to confront anti-Semitism in full force, Jerusalem Post, 27 February 2020: A new tool to monitor antisemitism online in France, Israel Hayom, 27 February 2020: European leaders vow to confront anti-Semitism in full force, Jerusalem Post, 3 March 2020: List found of 12,000 Nazis in Argentina with money in Swiss bank, Jerusalem Post, 3 March 2020: Germany to assume chair of IHRA for 1 year; will fight Holocaust denial, Jerusalem Post, 4 March 2020: List found of 12,000 Nazis in Argentina with money in Swiss bank, CNN, 6 March 2020: Nazi flag waved by a man at a Bernie Sanders event sparks outcry, Jerusalem Post, 7 March 2020: Known white supremacist unfurls Nazi flag at Bernie Sanders rally, Israel Hayom, 6 March 2020: List of 12,000 Nazis may reveal fate of stolen Jewish funds, Israel Hayom, 7 March 2020: Anti-Israel activists don’t care about the facts, CNN, 8 March 2020: Bernie Sanders says he never expected to see a Nazi flag waved at a major political rally, Jerusalem Post, 8 March 2020: Will the coronavirus lead to yet another spike in antisemitism in the US?, Times of Israel, 10 March 2020: It is time for Helmut Oberlander to leave Canada, Israel Hayom, 16 March 2020: WZO shocked over anti-Semitic vandalism in French election, Jerusalem Post, 18 March 2020: Coronavirus is a Zionist plot, say Turkish politicians, media, public, Israel Hayom, 19 March 2020: Corona pandemic opens floodgates for anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 20 March 2020: Washington state man arrested for alleged antisemitic threats to neighbor, Jerusalem Post, 21 March 2020: German police conduct nationwide raid on neo-Nazi Reichsbürger movement, Jerusalem Post, 22 March 2020: Classic antisemitic allegations arise over coronavirus, says gov’t report, ABC News, 23 March 2020: White supremacists encouraging their members to spread coronavirus to cops, Jews, FBI says, Jerusalem Post, 24 March 2020: Lauder: National Guard must protect Jews from neo-Nazi coronavirus threat, Jerusalem Post, 27 March 2020: Whitewashing the Holocaust, antisemitism and Bernie Sanders, Jerusalem Post, 27 March 2020: Rising antisemitism boosts sales of luxury homes in Israel – report, Times of Israel, 30 March 2020: Crises and Conspiracies, Jerusalem Post, 31 March 2020: Germany’s antisemitism commissioner: Jewish communities are thriving, Times of Israel, 31 March 2020: Cuomo renames hate crime legislation to honor Monsey stabbing victim, BBC, 31 March 2020: Coronavirus: Racist ‘zoombombing’ at virtual synagogue, Jerusalem Post, 1 April 2020: US expert: Berlin antisemitism center ignores Israel-related antisemitism, Haaretz, 1 April 2020: Coronavirus, the ‘Soros Bio-weapon’: How Far Right anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Are Infecting Mainstream Politics, Haaretz, 2 April 2020: Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts Target Suburban New York Orthodox Community, Jerusalem Post, 3 April 2020: Coronavirus crisis in France sparks antisemitic conspiracy theories, Times of Israel, 4 April 2020: Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories an odious symptom of France’s virus crisis, BBC: Anti-Semitism, The Guardian: Antisemitism, Jerusalem Post: Antisemitism, Independent: Antisemitism, The New York Times: Anti-Semitism, The Telegraph: Antisemitism, Christian Zionism, Philo-Semitism, Jewish Studies, Jewish culture, History of the Jews in Germany, History of the Jews in Europe, German Missions in the United States – Jewish Life in Modern Germany and Historic Responsibility, Nakam, BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), Anti-Defamation League: Antisemitism Uncovered: A Guide to Old Myths in a New Era and the documentary “The Settlers” by Shimon Dotan).




Another topic is the relatively rarely publicity discussed Antiziganism (DW, 2 August 2019: 75 years ago: Nazis carry out mass murder of Sinti and Roma people in Auschwitz, Times of Israel, 2 August 2019: Long ignored, Roma genocide mourned 75 years on at Auschwitz, Al Jazeera, 30 October 2019: Roma Holocaust: Amid rising hate, ‘forgotten’ victims remembered, European Commission: European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day: Statement by First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová, Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism).


Persecution of Christians
The persecution of Christians can be historically traced from the first century of the Christian era to the present day. Early Christians were persecuted for their faith at the hands of both the Jews from whose religion Christianity arose and the Romans who controlled many of the lands across which early Christianity was spread. Early in the fourth century, a form of the religion was legalized by the Edict of Milan, and it eventually became the State church of the Roman Empire. Christian missionaries as well as converts to Christianity have been the target of persecution ever since the emergence of Christianity, sometimes to the point of being martyred for their faith. The schisms of the Middle Ages and especially the Protestant Reformation, sometimes provoked severe conflicts between Christian denominations to the point of persecuting each other. In the 20th century, Christians were persecuted by various governments including the Islamic Ottoman Empire in the form of the Armenian Genocide, the Assyrian Genocide and the Greek Genocide, as well as by atheistic states such as the Soviet Union, Communist Albania, North Korea, Price tag policy, Jewish Defense League.


The bloodlessness resulting from the hide and seek game of the newly to be formed federal government after the 2017 federal election has finally been filled by shortsighted and petty-bourgeois nationalization movements, of which most people thought that they belong to the past and their motives would have been overcome. This is not just about the now usual cross-cuts of the democracy and law freed, xenophobic EU-Eastern enlargement kleptocracies (Visegrád Group), which call themselves “illiberal“, but are actually autocratic (defective democracy) and as of today wouldn’t become EU members in their current conditions anymore, but now also to movements in Italy, France, Greece, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany, where parts of East Germany, especially in the rural areas of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, in Saxony even in the large metropolitan areas (Dresden, Leipzig, Chemnitz etc.) to no-go areas for “non-Aryans” have degenerated. This not only applies to refugees, but also to tourists, highly qualified foreign employees, employers and investors. In any case, it is difficult to convince national and international investors of investments in the new federal states, instead of getting involved in West Germany or Berlin. In this way, corporate headquarters, important research institutions or federal agencies can’t be attracted, which in return isn’t a surprise. The current events in Saxony and Thuringia will make this even more difficult for years, so once again it can be assumed that West German taxpayers have to keep the East alive, that, because of own weakness, can’t succeed on its own. Here again the failures immediately after the reunification become visible (civics/political education). A big mistake, as it turns out even today. Thus, Eastern occupation zone parallel societies could emerge, to which 30 years after the reunification it is completely unclear how democracy and a Rechtsstaat/rule of law work, why there is separation of powers and freedom of the press (media literacy) and which authorities are responsible for which tasks, but also where the state can not and should not intervene. However, this is not an exclusive phenomenon of the far right, but also applies to the eternal SED faithful from the far left. A lot of immigrants and refugees are far ahead of them, who even speak High German. This is all the more surprising because there is a very extensive information and education platform by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, that easily can be found online. Maybe they should think about translating the content in Saxon.

In Bavaria, the CSU was recently unpleasantly noticed, which tries to mask the denial of performance of their “Homeland Horst” in the Berlin Ministry of Interior through nonsense and volume, as one of his first official acts, apparently in ignorance of his duties as Federal Interior Minister and personal vanities, was to cancel his participation in the integration summit. Of course, as with all “right-wing national strategies” within a state, this attempt has gone down the drain and caused considerable domestic damage. It should be remembered that the coalition crisis was triggered by Horst Seehofer (for obvious mistakes in the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution), Markus Söder, Alexander Dobrindt and Andreas Scheuer because of five to ten migrants per day. No politician can make it more clear then that, that he isn’t fit to be responsible for state or federal politics. In addition, on July 4th, the US Independence Day is celebrated, the day of the liberation and the opening of a nation. On the same day, Horst Seehofer, the person who stands for exclusion, demarcation, fencing and isolation like no other, has his birthday, or as a radio host said: “… and somewhere up there sits a wise old man with a long beard in laughter about his successful prank!” After all, it was exhilarating to see the “axis of the willing”, which had been doomed to failure from the outset, between Seehofer, the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the far-right Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (Italian Fascism, The Guardian, 2 October 2018: Pro-refugee Italian mayor arrested for ‘aiding illegal migration’ (Riace in Calabria, Domenico Lucano) and Der Spiegel, 12 December 2018: A .38-Caliber Rosary: The Dangerous New Face of Salvini’s Italy), going down the drain. As expected, Salvini’s party, the Lega Nord, is currently siding with that of his autocratic friend Viktor Orbán (The Guardian, 5 January 2018: Thousands in Budapest march against ‘slave law’ forcing overtime on workers and The Guardian, 10 January 2018: Viktor Orbán calls for anti-migration politicians to take over EU), Fidesz

Added to this is the serious damage to the credibility of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution by its President Hans-Georg Maaßen and his supervisor Horst Seehofer, while simultaneously redeveloping the Federal Ministry of the Interior away from professional competence to competence in matters of democracy restriction/dismantling (one of the already very few detectable core competencies of the CSU), which causes serious damage to democracy and the reputation of the Federal Republic of Germany at home and abroad

There are no easy solutions. Populists, however, promise that a 2018 VW Beetle could be repaired with the same methods and tools as a VW Beetle from 1950 – it is simply not possible, which is why populists always fail when they have to implement their “programs” in reality. Both the Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump show how profoundly incompetent the protagonists behind it are, and as well as how many simpletons are allowed to vote. There are populists since there is politics. This is usually not a problem, because most of them hardly get beyond the regulars’ table. It becomes a problem when a large number of voters want to believe their lies and fall in their traps. For example, the most-asked question on Google UK the day after the Brexit referendum was “What is Brexit?” The voters were in large parts completely disinformated and uninformed (including Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and other nationalists and right-wing extremists) and have been lured by lies to the Brexit vote. The consequences will not be borne by the populists themselves, but by their voters and their descendants. Already Winston Churchill came to the conclusion: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” (however, he was also one of the proponents of the United States of Europe). The referendum is a very good example of this thesis. If Brexit is actually set in action on March 29, 2019, it will take several decades to compensate the damages arising from it. It has to be remembered that the United Kingdom’s net payments to the EU amount to about € 5.6 billion a year (one of the main arguments of the Brexiteers for the exit from the EU). In return, for the year 2018 alone, there is a decline in foreign direct investment in the UK of at least 44 billion euros. Added to this is the downfall of the British pound and the real estate values in the metropolitan areas even though the Brexit isn’t even implemented yet. It is still unclear how many jobs will be lost, but it will probably be at least a large 6-digit number. Numerous highly qualified British have already exchanged their citizenship for a state on the continent and are, of course, warmly welcomed.

But of course there are populists in other EU states as well. In Germany, for example, the AfD (The Guardian, 13 January 2019: AfD party votes to campaign for German exit from EU (the decision to try to dissolve the allegedly “undemocratic” European Parliament is particularly amusing insofar as the Parliament is directly elected by all EU voters. Obviously, the AfD hasn’t understood how democracy works) The Guardian, 15 January 2019: Extreme-right wing of Germany’s AfD placed under surveillance, Times of Israel, 15 January 2019: German spy agency to step up scrutiny of far-right party, BBC, 5 April 2019: German far-right MP ‘could be absolutely controlled by Russia’, DW, 16 April 2019: Germany’s AfD party fined over €400,000 for illegal campaign financing), which is characterized mainly by vociferous and dull incompetence, anti-Semitism, islamophobia and xenophobia. The CSU, the political ghost riders from Bavaria, who not only put the decades-old union at risk, but at the same time the stability of Germany and the EU – and all because they want are on a election campaign for the AfD for the 2018 Bavarian state election. Obviously, the acting persons (Seehofer, Söder, Dobrindt and Scheuer) are in the wrong party. Moreover, those who complain about “renationalisation”, “anti-deportation industry”, “rule of injustice”, “asylum tourism” and “language police” endangers the entire German social and economic model. According to current survey results, the CSU will lose the usual absolute majority and that would be good and well deserved. The right-wing populist government coalition of Austria doesn’t know what it wants, except “no foreigners, Muslims and journalists”. The far-right FPÖ would be in favor of the country leaving the euro, and preferably the EU as well. The right-wing populist ÖVP doesn’t want both at the moment. The racist and Islamophobic one-man party Geert Wilders from the Netherlands got the losing end in recent elections and there is reasonable hope that it will go on like this. The French Front National has renamed itself Rassemblement National in 2018 and is due to numerous financial affairs fortunately widely insolvent. From the past elections in France, the FN came out clearly inferior. Depending on the course of the presidency of Emmanuel Macron and his successes in the desired EU reforms, the FN will develop and either remain only loud and insubstantial or can count on increases in the worst case. Since 2015, Greece has been led by Alexis Tsipras and his governing coalition of left-wing (Syriza) and right-wing populists (ANEL). Over 10 years permanent crisis leave its political mark. The country would like to participate in the free capital market again at the end of 2018. In Italy, a similar picture emerges, fueled by the fact that the country has been in economic reverse for years, because administration and politics block each other. As a result, a coalition of right-wing populists MoVimento 5 Stelle and right-wing extremist Lega Nord (which wasn’t supposed to participatge in any Italian government at all, as the party was founded for the secession of northern Italy from the south of the country) was formed in June 2018. As dummy-President of the Council of Ministers Giuseppe Conte was chosen. Both parties are skeptical about the EU, and on top the Lega Nord is openly anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic and xenophobic. The consequences of such a mixture are not yet foreseeable, but promise nothing good for Italy, also because both parties lack economic and administrative competence, but this would be urgently needed because of the country’s situation. The countries of the Visegrád Group are only remaining in the EU to collect funds because they aren’t able to generate wealth or future prospects for their citizens by their own. In recent years, the tentative democratic approaches have been continuously reduced in favor of “illiberality“. The rule of law has already been abolished by the governments a while ago. In Denmark, the government of Lars Løkke Rasmussen (Venstre) is supported by the right-wing populist Dansk Folkeparti, which provides corresponding shrill comments. The current election in Sweden has brought a significant shift to the right (The Guradian, 2 September 2018: Germany’s far right never went away, but festered in its eastern stronghold,, 4 September2018: The good fight: The Failure of the Center-Right, The New York Times, 11. September 2018: Can Germany’s Center Hold Against the Far Right?, The Guardian, 11 September 2018: My country is being poisoned by populism. The EU must stand with Hungary, The New York Times, 11 September 2018: E.U.’s Leadership Seeks to Contain Hungary’s Orban, The Guardian, 12 September 2018: Merkel condemns far-right outbreak in passionate address, The Guardian, 12 September 2018: Don’t believe the doomsayers. Here is Europe’s good news, The Guardian, 12 September 2018: MEPs vote to pursue action against Hungary over Orbán crackdown, The Guardian, 25 January 2019: Fight for Europe – or the wreckers will destroy it, The Guardian, 25 January 2019: Europe ‘coming apart before our eyes’, say 30 top intellectuals, The Guardian, 12 April 2019: Trump and his imitators are out to nobble the world’s referees, France24, 5 June 2019: Press freedom in ‘downward spiral’ across the world, The Guardian, 30 September 2019: Why Europe’s new populists tell so many lies – and do it so shamelessly,, 18 March 2020: Coronavirus’ next victim: Populism).

A special form of regionalism or nationalism is separatism, which sends greetings all the way from medieval times, were there are probably reasonably and traceable reasons to be found, if you want to search for it at all. It doesn’t make any sense in the 21st century, but it doesn’t have to for the protagonists anyways, especially because it is fed by emotions rather than any rational aspects. Current and prominent separatism efforts are:

An antidote
In addition to education, direct contact is of course an almost unbeatable countermeasure to nationalism, xenophobia, racism and hostility to religion. Here is a possible example: Part of my training was that my parents sent me alone to London for a few weeks at the age of 14. Back then it was anything but normal or the rule, but a real privilege. An unforgettable experience, to belong to a minority of German nationality for a short time. So one day I sat at the fountain on Trafalgar Square with a Falk-Plan, the predecessor of Google Maps printed on paper, on my knees, to find my way through the tangle of streets in the city. After a while an older Brit sat down next to me and we started talking. In the course of the conversation he said, “Great that you like my country and my city so much. You are very welcome, but your grandfather better never ever show up again!” After this sentence was fully understood and processed, the topics “xenophobia and nationalism” were off my table. For other topics, there were corresponding other experiences that I had abroad when I was young and which have an impact to this day. This was also very helpful for later international professional activities. The “sorting” of the fellow human beings is not based on nationality, skin color or religion, but on “very nice, nice, okay, difficult, of no use at all or toxic”, which also makes things much easier to handle overall. Unlike nationalism or hostility to religion, you don’t need to remember over 190 countries in the world or even more religions, because you supposedly shouldn’t like them, but only single toxins, which you can easily avoid without limiting or restricting yourself.

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near the Cunard Building in Liverpool © - Eric The Fish/cc-by-2.0
The hotel ship Queen Elizabeth 2

Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as QE2, is a floating hotel and retired ocean liner originally built for...

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Residence at Cape Idokopas

The Residence at Cape Idokopas also known as the "Palace on the Idokopas Cape", often called "Putin's Palace", "Dacha Putin",...

The Super Bowl LIV in Miami Gardens

The NFL Super Bowl LIV, the 54th Super Bowl and the 50th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game (American...