AWhen the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was celebrated in Berlin and a singer stood on stage in front of the Brandenburg Gate, phrases in Russian were displayed on a giant screen installation: "Stop the Crimean occupation" and "Russia without Putin!". I came up with this scene, it did not exist like that. Honestly, I can not imagine that anyone in Germany could come up with such an idea, even if it is an internationally valid requirement and the most popular slogan of the Russian protest movement. I can hardly imagine anyone who would approve of such an action, after all, the current political situation in Russia and its disputes with neighbors have nothing to do with the German change thirty years ago.
In fact, there was something else on that screen: "Stop the Crew" in Hebrew. The organizers who had put together the video series on protest movements did not even think that on 9 November not only the Wall had fallen, but also the Kristallnacht had taken place 81 years ago and the then burned-down synagogue just a stone's throw away from their screen stands.
How can I call myself a Jew
The reactions to this scandal were mostly as banal as predictable: One should not be so upset about such trivialities, one would criticize Israel's policy, one should not be so paranoid and think everywhere anti-Semitism. This episode was not a big uproar in itself, the reactions to it also remained under the radar of the great German public. Nevertheless, they were very present in my Facebook bubble, which consists to a large extent of German journalists, NGO staff and politicians. It's frustrating.
Everyone in Germany seems to know better than me what I feel as a Jew and if I am allowed to. This was not meant that way. That was legitimate criticism. How is it that I alone feel the word "criticism of Israel" as an anti-Semitic statement? Perhaps because, with regard to Russia, I experience exactly the opposite of the German attitude towards Israel? Even the worst atrocities of the Russian leadership and its harshest criticism have apparently no influence on the usual German swarms of Russia. Rather, one is ready to forgive and forget everything.
And anyway, I have to listen more often in Germany, how could I call myself a Jew if I'm Protestant and have only one Jewish father? That I am now allowed to deal with the inconvenience of my half-Jewish life in Germany, I have, what a coincidence, owe it to the fall of the Wall.
German anti-Semitism, day in, day out
The GDR ran a strict "anti-Zionist" policy, trained PLO fighters and supported Arab countries in their wars against Israel, such as with advisers and intelligence information. After the wall fell, it was over. As a symbolic gesture of reparation, the dying GDR declared that it would receive the persecuted Jews from the USSR.
The Soviet state was not in the least interested in whether you went to the synagogue and whether your maternal grandmother was Jewish to exclude you from certain degree programs or professions. The Soviet fellows were usually given your name or your hooked nose to let you know what they thought of you and "your people."
The authorities in the GDR were similarly generous in accepting Soviet Jews; the reunified Germany continued this admission policy for several months. So I came to Germany too, that was close. Because shortly thereafter, the decisions were transferred to Jewish communities, and Jews are only those who have a Jewish mother and belong to no other religion. The German contribution to the Palestinian terror was not spent much time. For this, the so-called anti-Zionism is still in vogue.
Two years ago, the public service broadcasters refused to broadcast a documentary on European anti-Semitism concerning its connection with anti-Semitism in the Middle East. The charisma, which still took place after the public outcry, was accompanied by a grotesque debate. For example, one could experience the board member of Reporters Without Borders, Gemma POrzgen, who did not defend the filmmakers against censorship, but the censors against the criticism: The film was propaganda, one should between evil anti-Semitism and legitimate anti-Zionism distinguish the rejection of, as she said, nationalist and nationalist ideology.
When she spread this nonsense on Deutschlandfunk, the moderator did not even object to the idea: Zionism is nothing more than the idea that Jews should have a nation-state in their historical homeland, do you mind? This is the German anti-Semitism that I experience day in, day out. He has many faces for me. The murderous of the assassin of Halle. The ignorant of the organizers of the celebration at the Brandenburg Gate. The complacent of a Gemma POrzgen. And the arrogant of those Facebook friends who write, I'm not supposed to adore me, was not meant that way.