Anti-Semitism Is Rising in Germany

On Monday, a German organization that monitors anti-Semitism reported that, in the first half of 2022, there were 450 anti-Semitic incidents in Berlin, including 97 physical and verbal attacks on individual Jews. Ben Cohen observes:

While many of the incidents were triggered by the Israel-Palestinian conflict, several more involved Holocaust denial—a crime in Germany—and the abuse of the Holocaust by activists protesting the public-health measures introduced by the government to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

The increasing willingness of offenders to make their anti-Semitic convictions public reflects the further erosion of Germany’s postwar taboo against anti-Semitism, which crystallized in the wake of the Holocaust. According to data released by the Federal Criminal Police Office in October, more than 1,500 anti-Semitic attacks had already been recorded around the country during 2022—an average of five per day.

At the same time, the German media have been awash with headlines about anti-Semitism throughout the year. . . . Anti-Semitic rhetoric has even been aired in the presence of the country’s leader, Olaf Scholz. In June, a smarting yet silent Scholz stood alongside the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas at a press conference in Munich where the latter accused Israel of having perpetrated “50 Holocausts” against the Palestinians.

Germany enters 2023 with the very real prospect that, when it comes to anti-Semitism, next year could well be worse than this one.

Read more at Algemeiner

More about: Anti-Semitism, German Jewry, Germany, Holocaust denial, Mahmoud Abbas

While Israel Is Distracted on Two Fronts, Iran Is on the Verge of Building Nuclear Weapons

Iran recently announced its plans to install over 1,000 new advanced centrifuges at its Fordow nuclear facility. Once they are up and running, the Institute for Science and International Security assesses, Fordow will be able to produce enough highly enriched uranium for three nuclear bombs in a mere ten days. The U.S. has remained indifferent. Jacob Nagel writes:

For more than two decades, Iran has continued its efforts to enhance its nuclear-weapons capability—mainly by enriching uranium—causing Israel and the world to concentrate on the fissile material. The International Atomic Energy Agency recently confirmed that Iran has a huge stockpile of uranium enriched to 60 percent, as well as more enriched to 20 percent, and the IAEA board of governors adopted the E3 (France, Germany, UK) proposed resolution to censure Iran for the violations and lack of cooperation with the agency. The Biden administration tried to block it, but joined the resolution when it understood its efforts to block it had failed.

To clarify, enrichment of uranium above 20 percent is unnecessary for most civilian purposes, and transforming 20-percent-enriched uranium to the 90-percent-enriched product necessary for producing weapons is a relatively small step. Washington’s reluctance even to express concern about this development appears to stem from an unwillingness to acknowledge the failures of President Obama’s nuclear policy. Worse, writes Nagel, it is turning a blind eye to efforts at weaponization. But Israel has no such luxury:

Israel must adopt a totally new approach, concentrating mainly on two main efforts: [halting] Iran’s weaponization actions and weakening the regime hoping it will lead to its replacement. Israel should continue the fight against Iran’s enrichment facilities (especially against the new deep underground facility being built near Natanz) and uranium stockpiles, but it should not be the only goal, and for sure not the priority.

The biggest danger threatening Israel’s existence remains the nuclear program. It would be better to confront this threat with Washington, but Israel also must be fully prepared to do it alone.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Iran nuclear program, Israeli Security, Joseph Biden, U.S. Foreign policy