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Jerusalem protests, study on migrants show ‘potent recipe’ for anti-Semitism in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal
19th December 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

Due to the wars in Syria and Iraq as well as other conflicts in Asia and Africa, Germany took in more than 1 million migrants in 2015 and 2016, fundamentally reshaping the country. While the migration has significantly slowed in 2017, to around 200,000, Germany has been grappling with backlash from anti-immigration political parties and the threat of Islamic terrorism.

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“The AJC study confirms empirically what was long common knowledge among observers of Muslim anti-Semitism in Germany,” Benjamin Weinthal, a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank and a German correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, told JNS. 

Weinthal said there is a “potent recipe for societal and political disintegration” in Germany when “one combines the over 1 million refugees and migrants from mainly Muslim-majority countries—who are largely infected with contemporary anti-Semitism—with Germans who hold widespread modern anti-Semitic views.”

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