February 24th, 2009

Central Council: Anti-Semitic tendencies are on the rise among Muslim immigrants

Berlin – The Central Council of Jews in Germany has warned against a rise in anti-Semitic tendencies among Muslim immigrants. According to the Council, the latent and open anti-Semitism among this population group poses a problem. "Especially Muslim youths have an increased potential for violence," told the Council's Secretary General, Stephan J. Kramer, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. He warned that the Middle East conflict had become "an identity-building factor for some Muslims who feel marginalized in Germany ". Kramer said he saw Muslim organisations in Germany as a partner in the fight against anti-Semitic tendencies. "We maintain reliable and trusting relations with the Muslim organisations," he stressed. Kramer said that, in spite of fundamental differences, Jewish and Muslim organisations were fighting together against discrimination and racism.

The debate on anti-Semitism among Muslim immigrants has been triggered by a brochure entitled "The Jews are to blame" and published by the Amadeu Antonio Foundation. This brochure dealing with the attitudes towards Jews among Germany 's three million Muslims has alarmed politicians and Jewish as well as Turkish leaders in Germany . The authors of the brochure view growing anti-Semitism as a "new problem that can be encountered in the large city areas with predominantly Muslim population". An indicator of the problem is the rise in anti-Semitic crimes with Muslim suspects. 88 such crimes were registered in 2006 – an increase of 100 percent compared to 2005.

The brochure "The Jews are to blame" can be ordered from the Amadeu Antonio Foundation for a small charge or downloaded from the Internet at
www.amadeu-antonio-stiftung.de
. (24.02.2009)