July 21, 2019
Didn’t we already have the celebration of the lunatic traitor who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler?
I mean, Claus von Stauffenberg was hardly Antifa.
Doing celebrations for him every week seems a little bit extreme.
Using him to vaguely imply that it is time to start going outside of the law and killing anti-Semites is simply over the top
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged all Europeans on Saturday to join together and renew the fight against racism and antisemitism as she honored the anti-Nazi resistance in her own country.
Speaking at a solemn ceremony marking the anniversary of the failed attempt to kill Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Merkel said the courage and sacrifice of the conspirators remain as an example of why the fight against anti-Jewish sentiment remains important.
“They put humanity over their own human lives,” she told the crowd at the site where plot leader Col. Claus von Stauffenberg and others were executed.
Von Stauffenberg tried to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb on July 20, 1944, during a meeting at his headquarters in what was then East Prussia. Hitler escaped the full force of the blast when someone moved the briefcase next to a table leg, deflecting much of the explosive force.
Merkel applauded all who stood up against the Nazis in different ways, including people who hid Jews to save them from the death camps, the Jews who rose up in the Warsaw Ghetto to attack their Nazi captors in 1943, the Polish fighters of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and other partisans who fought against the German occupiers and others.
“Von Stauffenberg is a symbol of the resistance, but his story is not the only story of the resistance,” she said.
Amid evidence of rising antisemitism and racism in Germany, Merkel said people need to draw inspiration from the civil courage shown by those who resisted the Nazis and make their voices heard.
“Instead of looking away or being silent, we need to be engaged,” she said.
About 200,000 Jews live in Germany, Europe’s third largest community after Britain and France, up from only about 15,000 after the end of the Nazi Third Reich.
Many German Jews have reported being threatened in public places for their faith, with physical attacks not uncommon.
In one prominent case last year, a 19-year-old Syrian man was convicted for assault after lashing out with his belt at an Israeli man wearing a Jewish kippa skullcap while shouting “yahudi”, Jew in Arabic.
Yes, Breitbart is playing up the angle that Angela Merkel doesn’t love the Jews enough, and she’s allowing them to be harassed by the Moslems that the Jews told her to flood Germany with. I get that angle.
But what is Merkel’s angle?
Is she calling for people to assassinate Moslems?
Obviously she is not calling for people to assassinate Moslems, but it is a strange thing to talk about “rising anti-Semitism,” which everyone knows is a result of the Islamic immigration, and then to praise an outlaw who tried to use explosives to assassinate a famous anti-Semite.
Government officials praising outlaws and assassins as heroes in any context is I think very socially inappropriate, but the context only makes it much worse.
If I were Merkel, my line on Islamic anti-Semitism would be that it is the result of a lack of education, and talk about how there are programs to teach the Moslems about the Holocaust so they’ll feel bad for Jews and stop attacking them on the streets for stealing their land.
What I would not do is vaguely suggest that maybe the actual cause of the rise in anti-Semitism is white German people, and then start talking about how great it is when people assassinate anti-Semites. This is not only weird, but also confusing. I don’t think it is reasonable to expect people to pick up what you’re laying down when you’re speaking in this sort of cryptic manner.