A 53-year-old Jewish man and his six-year-old daughter have become victims of an anti-Semitic attack in downtown Berlin which was reportedly committed by four youth of Arab origin. The man had to be brought to hospital with wounds at his head.
There's one thing that the Thousand Year Reich and the Thousand Year Multicultural EU have in common. Neither of them are workable. Both end with attacks on Jews.
A 53-year-old Jewish man and his six-year-old daughter have become victims of an anti-Semitic attack in downtown Berlin which was reportedly committed by four youth of Arab origin. The man had to be brought to hospital with wounds at his head. Reportedly, one of the youth asked the man, who wore a kippah: "Are you a Jew?" He then hit him on the head several times and insulted his religion and his mother. He also threatened to kill the six-year-old girl.
But proving that Jewish leaders are equally clueless in Berlin as they are in New York or Los Angeles, the head of the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany had these words of wisdom to offer.
This attack, however, is not only a malicious attack on the Jews in Germany. It is an attack on all of us, on our shared values of tolerance and liberalism.
This mantra is known as "Moral Hijacking". Moral Hijacking takes an event and exploits it to promote a set of values that are contrary to the event. The attack was not carried out against intangible values of tolerance and liberalism. It was carried out by the values of tolerance and liberalism.
As always in these incidents, everyone knew their lines.
Mayor Klaus Wowereit ( SPD), said: "I condemn this anti-Semitic attack that was committed on Tuesday night, in the strongest terms. Berlin is a cosmopolitan city, are not tolerated by the intolerance, xenophobia and anti-Semitism."
But is it still xenophobia and intolerance if the people carrying out the attack have come from outside and brought their xenophobia along with them? Is a Muslim in Berlin being intolerant and xenophobic when he attacks Jews? Is he taking ownership of Berlin and trying to keep Jews out or does he just hate Jews as the Korans tells him to?
"In Berlin, no one should have to be afraid to profess his religion. The city set on a peaceful coexistence in religious diversity. "Who puts himself outside of this consensus is, also outside our society. Here can, may and will be no tolerance. "
So some things will not be tolerated in the name of tolerance. But how does one peacefully coexist in religious diversity with those whose religion does not believe in peaceful coexistence and religious diversity?
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Nathan the Wise was first performed in Berlin in 1783. Its Three Rings parable defined the postmodern approach to religion. But in real life, the parable doesn't work. Nathan proposes the notion to Saladin that it doesn't really matter which religion is right, so long as its followers do their best to live a good life. Saladin roars at his blasphemy and chops his head off.
That may not be how it went in Nathan the Wise, but that is how it plays out in the real Berlin.