Schoolyard anti-Semitism is becoming so prevalent in Germany that authorities should be allowed to take children away from anti-Semitic parents, a senior police offical said.
“Authorities need to act decisively [against anti-Semitism] including when the aggression comes from migrants,” Rainer Wendt, head of the German Police Union (DPolG) told the Augsburger Allgemeine.
“If children are raised to become anti-Semites we shouldn’t be afraid to take them away from their families,” he added.
DpolG is Germany’s second largest police union with 94,000 members. Wendt has been head since 2007 and makes regular headlines due to his hardline stance on criminality.
His call comes as violence among young people in general is on the rise across Germany and according to a study by the German Ministry of Family Affairs, foreign background children are behind the increase.
A Jewish teenager has left a Berlin school following beatings and anti-Semitic abuse from Muslim classmates. https://t.co/MLjtzr01pv
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As Breitbart London reported, schools in Germany, especially in the capital of Berlin, have seen suring violence among young students including targetted anti-Semitic attacks. Heinz-Peter Meidinger, President of the German Teachers’ Association, blamed mass migration for the rise in violence and anti-Semitism, Neue Zürcher Zeitung reports.
Teachers in schools have also complained about religious bullying, particularly from Muslim students, against students from other backgrounds.
Just last week a Jewish girl at a Berlin primary school was told by a Muslim classmate that she deserved to be beaten and killed because of her religion.
It was the third such report of anti-Semitism in Berlin schools to make headlines over the past 12 months. On another occasion a Jewish teenager swapped schools after Muslim classmates threatened him with a fake gun.
Wendt claimed that many school directors had chosen to ignore the problem, saying “they act according to the mantra ‘it doesn’t exist in my school.’”
“There has also been a tendency not to willingly register anti-Semitism by Muslims – but it needs to be recorded without prejudice so that we can develop effective counter-strategies,” he said.
Josef Schuster, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, has previously called on the government to do more to stamp out anti-Semitic attitudes among newly arrived immigrants.
Last year he lamented a lack of action by the German government combined with mass, unfettered immigration from Muslim countries as being key contributors to the plight felt by the nation’s Jewish community.
“In some districts in major cities, I’d advise people not to identify themselves as Jews,” Mr. Schuster said in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “Experience has shown that openly wearing a kippa or a necklace with the Star of David is enough to attract verbal or physical threats.”
He pointed to Muslim immigrants who come from cultures with zero tolerance for Jews as a particular threat.
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