Thursday, November 26, 2015

Historical irony: "German Jewish Leader Fears Anti-Semitic Syrian Refugees"

"President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Josef Schuster fears the fact that many of the refugees seeking asylum in Germany come from countries hostile to Israel might bolster anti-Semitic views among the Arab community, EJP reported.
Speaking to Welt am Sonntag, Schuster said that when he shared his trepidation in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her staff, it resulted in an awkward silence, following which Merkel responded: “We must address that.”
According to Schuster, many German Jews share his fears, “and I share this feeling and therefore see a need to integrate the refugees in our community of values as soon as possible.”" Imagine if during the Cold War an Arab were to express fears that Jewish refugees from the Soviet Union may hold anti-Arab views.  Imagine the uproar.