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The spectre of the Holocaust still hangs heavy over Germany


The spectre of the Holocaust still hangs heavy over Germany

ANALYSIS | Israel conflict highlights how Germany doesn’t know how to deal with hatred of Jews by some Muslim Germans

Andreas Kluth

As Israelis and Palestinians keep clashing in the Middle East, their conflict also spills onto streets from Canada to France and the UK. But nowhere in the West is the strife more excruciating than in the nation that once perpetrated the Holocaust.

In recent days, thousands of protesters have thronged the streets of several German cities, shouting abuse not only at Israel but also against Jews in general — and using tropes of anti-Semitism too vile to repeat here. At one rally, an Israeli woman who is a journalist was physically attacked. And though these were diverse mobs, many marchers were young Muslim men of Arabic background, whether they had German citizenship or not.

The reaction from mainstream German society was swift. Public figures and politicians across the party spectrum emphasised that while criticism of Israel and its policies is covered by the freedom of speech, hatred of Jews is unacceptable and intolerable...

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