14 September '16..
On the December 7, 1970, German Chancellor Willy Brandt knelt solemnly before the Warsaw Ghetto in contrition. During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when Israel faced annihilation, the same Willy Brandt denied German landing rights to U.S. planes carrying emergency supplies to Israel.
Chancellor Angela Merkel occasionally says that Israel's "right to exist" is Germany's raison d'etre.
Like Brandt, Germany appears to be two-tongued when it comes to anti-Semitism. Like the EU, Germany makes a distinction between anti-Semitism and objecting to Israel's policies, which on paper seems to be fair. Thus, giving the Hitler salute and denying the Holocaust are illegal. On the other hand, the annual Iran-sponsored Al-Quds March through downtown Berlin, calling for the destruction of Israel, is legal. Berlin constantly turns a deaf ear to appeals to ban that march.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action -- the Iran nuclear deal -- was enthusiastically supported by Germany, enabling Iran to fully develop its nuclear program after a decade, while currently testing missiles marked "Death to Israel." However, the same Germany decided that nuclear facilities for peaceful purposes were too risky for Germans. They are to be phased out by 2022.
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Ron Jontof-Hutter is a fellow at the Berlin International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism. He recently authored the satire "The Trombone Man: Tales of a Misogynist." This article originally appeared in the Jewish Journal.
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