February 10, 2015

EVERYBODY HATES SOMEBODY:

Why Are Jews Supporting a German Right-Wing Movement? (Yermi Brenner, February 10, 2015, Tablet)

In a short and passionate speech that quickly went viral on the Internet, Ahituv, an Israeli immigrant to Germany, spoke about the threat of a Muslim takeover of Europe and declared that Germany's Jews stand with Pegida, the populist right-wing movement that had organized the January 26 demonstration in Frankfurt.

The group, whose name is a German acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, has organized similar demonstrations in cities across Germany. The largest have been in Dresden, Pegida's base, where as many as 25,000 people have taken part. The protesters say they support Pegida's call for more restrictive immigration policies and for the right to preserve and protect a Christian-Jewish dominated Western culture.

Ahituv told the crowd in Frankfurt that mainstream politicians and media, who have labeled Pegida as xenophobic, racist and even Nazi, are wrong and misleading. "Right here I see only Germans who love their country and want to save Germany from the Islam that wants to take over, to take your traditions, to take your beliefs, to take all of this down," he said. "But we will not let it!"

In taking his stand, Ahituv was not just opposing Germany's leadership and all its mainstream parties; he was standing, too, against Germany's Jewish establishment. Communal leaders have strongly backed Chancellor Angela Merkel's description of Pegida as a group led by individuals whose hearts "are cold and often full of prejudice, and even hate."

Josef Schuster, chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, has condemned Pegida as an "immensely dangerous" movement that consists of neo-Nazis, parties from the far right and citizens who think that they can finally let out their racism and xenophobia.




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