Again an anti-Semitic incident in Germany, this time in Munich, according to a local Jewish community leader, is a dangerous trend that needs to be halted urgently, German news portals said Tuesday.
According to Munich police, the incident took place on an open street in the Schwabing neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, where a rabbi and his two sons began to be profanely scolded in German by a woman who drove past the rabbi and his sons and not only insulted him they spit on one of them. The case was opened on suspicion of defamation and instigation.
This is the second anti-Jewish incident in Germany in just a few days. Previously, at the end of July, a Berlin rabbi and his toddler were mocked and spit on in public places by Arab-speaking men.
After Berlin, the Munich case also caused widespread outrage. Leading Bavarian politicians and Christian church figures have also condemned the incident.
Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria (IKG), said the case was “symptomatic”. It should be natural and self-evident for every citizen to be safe in public places, but this requirement is less and less fulfilled by members of the Jewish community, said Charlotte Knobloch in a statement quoted in the Bayerischer Rundfunk Provincial Public Service Media News.
He stressed that “this sense of security should be restored as soon as possible so that such incidents do not occur again”.
The Jewish religious community in Germany has about 100,000 people. At the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, a quarter of the people in what was then West Germany were living. Unified Germany opened its doors to Jews wishing to emigrate from the former Soviet Union, and in the 1990s there were times when Jewish immigration to Germany was greater than immigration to Israel. Most of them, around 25,000, live in Berlin.