Schröter has been known for his anti-Israel activities, including the participation in a rally against the security barrier in Beit Jala in 2008. Although the campaign is clearly crossing the lines into modern anti-Semitism, Schröter has claimed that he can’t be an anti-Semite because of his political activities and because of the support of Jewish and Israeli friends. In his most recent defense he even claims that he has been and will remain a “friend of Israel.” But it is telling that he only talks about Israeli “crimes” while remaining mute on Hamas rockets and grave human rights violations perpetrated by the Palestinian Authority.
Someone like Schröter is emblematic of the “new” anti-Semitism in Germany. It comes with a smile and claims to only care for “human rights.” It is a “new” form of the old hatred for the Jews because its advocates truly care about the remembrance of the Shoah, are active against neo-Nazism and are sympathetic to the small Jewish life in today’s Germany. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4240101,00.html
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