Anti-Israel protests in Berlin, by Muslims, dismay German officials

BERLIN — Protests against Israel, sparked by President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as its capital, are once again forcing Germany to weigh the value of free speech against the burden of its Nazi past.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators have been burning Israeli flags in the center of Berlin while chanting anti-Semitic slogans threatening violence against Israelis. One protest Friday took place only 100 yards from the city’s somber Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a reminder of Germany’s responsibility for the worst mass murder in history.

A few thousand protesters have taken part so far. Except for several arrests, German authorities have generally refrained from interfering, even as top officials said they were “ashamed” by “the evil face” of anti-Semitism on display.

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  • Ego

    “top officials said they were “ashamed” by “the evil face” of anti-Semitism”
    Oh, they’ll get used to it … again.
    After spending decades to come to grips with its anti-Semitic past, Germany now imports anti-Semitism wholesale, creating a whole new category: anti-Semitism by proxy.

  • Blacksmith

    Ashamed but not enough to do anything about it.

    • Frances

      Agreed – ashamed only enough to make face-saving statements.

  • Gary

    Time to burn some qurans and see how the liberals like it. Soak a quran with Ronson’s fluid and wrap it with a US flag ….soak the flag and watch muslims dance
    until they see the quran in flames.