Germany Shouldn’t Remain Silent about Iran’s Anti-Semitism

July 28, 2021 | Benjamin Weinthal and Charles Small
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Since World War II, the German state has come to believe, or at least to claim to believe, that it has a special obligation to oppose hatred of Jews. Yet neither its leaders nor its various federal and state anti-Semitism commissioners (with one exception) have had anything to say on the matter of the Islamic Republic’s anti-Semitism. Benjamin Weinthal and Charles Small write:

The recent “election” of Ebrahim Raisi as the Islamic Republic of Iran’s next president presents Merkel and her foreign minister Heiko Maas with a clear opportunity to condemn Raisi’s hardcore anti-Semitism. Raisi, [among much else], managed the production of a 50-episode anti-Semitic documentary spreading the lies of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. . . . Raisi also said “all the Zionists know Hizballah will drop such rockets and bombs so that no person in Israel will be safe.”

[Meanwhile], Michael Blume, the [anti-Semitism] commissioner for the southern German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, “liked” a Facebook post likening Zionists to Nazis. [But] Blume . . . is a mere symptom of a larger problem in Germany among almost all public servants tasked with confronting ant-Semitism, as well as all layers of Germany’s government apparatus—namely that the greatest threat to the Jewish people, Iran’s regime, is courted as a diplomatic and economic partner.

The policy of appeasing the Iranian regime is deeply entrenched in German academia and politics.

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