Concern worse than hate?

An interview in Die Welt with the chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, has drawn attention to an issue regarding recent refugee immigration:

„Refugees are fleeing the terrorist ‚Islamic State‘ and want to live in peace and freedom, but at the same time many come from areas in which the hatred of Jews and intolerance is an integral part of their cultural values. But, the issue doesn’t include only attitudes towards Jews, but also towards equality between men and women, and towards homosexuals.”

Schuster said: “Sooner or later we won’t be able to avoid setting immigration limits.”

This carefully worded concern by the Chairman of the Central Council of Jews received a lot more (negative) media reaction than the following news report at the same time:

The website of a branch of the Muslim community of the Turkish-Islamic Union fir Religious Affairs (DITIB) – an official branch of the Presidency of Religious Affairs in Ankara, Turkey – in Northern Hesse, which normally presents information concerning religious gatherings and community celebrations, presented a collection of 30 anti-Jewish quotations from the Koran and the Hadiths in Turkish on their website. Here are a few excerpts:

„The Jews preach goodness, but don’t stop doing evil.“

„The Jews are mean.“

„Jews have killed their own prophets.“

„Jews are stingy.“

„Jews are weak fighters.“

When a Muslim community in Hesse uses quotations from the Koran and the Hadiths to fuel hatred against Jews in Germany, then Josef Schuster’s concern is not entirely unjustified. I wonder why Schuster’s well-founded fear of dangerous integration-resistant Muslims in Germany receives more media coverage than the mendacious statements on the website of a Muslim organization in Hesse, calling all Jews mean, stingy and evil.

Is it really more scandalous in Germany to address a real existing hatred of Jews emanating from an official organization than to confront a judgment based on lies damning all Jews?

(Translation: William Wires)

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