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Thursday, October 24, 2019 

WJC should be ashamed of themselves for awarding Angela Merkel a prize for "Zionism"

Gatestone Institute (via World Israel News) says the World Jewish Congress wants to give German premier Angela Merkel a prize, even though her record perfectly demonstrates why she doesn't deserve it:
A decision by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) to honor German Chancellor Angela Merkel with its prestigious Theodor Herzl Award for Zionism has sparked anger and bewilderment among Jewish leaders in the United States and Europe.

The WJC, founded in August 1936 in Geneva, Switzerland, to confront the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi persecution of Jews in Europe, bestows its annual award to individuals who act to promote the goals of the late Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionist movement, "for the creation of a safer and more tolerant world for Jews."

Critics say that Merkel, because her domestic and foreign policies have in recent years made the world less safe for Jews, is uniquely undeserving of the award. These policies include:

- German government failure to combat rising anti-Semitism. A total of 1,799 anti-Semitic hate crimes — five per day, on average — were reported in Germany during 2018, according to the German Interior Ministry. This represents a 40% increase over 2013, when 1,275 such crimes were recorded. The actual number of anti-Semitic hate crimes in Germany is likely much higher. A survey produced by the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) found that 80% of Jews who said they were a victim of anti-Semitism did not report the crimes. Almost half of Jews living in Germany said they do not feel safe in the country and were considering emigrating, according to the FRA.

Germany is home to around 120,000 Jews. A recent survey by the University of Bielefeld found that 85% of German Jews believe there has been an upsurge of anti-Semitism in the country in the previous 12 months; 70% of those surveyed said that they avoided wearing "publicly identifiable Jewish symbols" out of a fear of being attacked; 58% said that they deliberately avoid certain neighborhoods.

Although Merkel has frequently condemned anti-Semitism, her government has been unable or unwilling to implement effective measures to tackle the problem.

- German government support for mass migration from the Muslim world. The rise in anti-Semitism in Germany has coincided with the German government's decision to allow into the country more than a million migrants from the Muslim world. The German government denies that that the two are linked. German Interior Ministry statistics, for instance, claim that 90% of the anti-Semitic hate crimes reported in Germany in 2018 were committed by "far right" persons. The University of Bielefeld survey, however, revealed that 81% of the physical assaults against Jews during the previous 12 months were attributed to Muslim attackers.

The EU's Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) found that most of the anti-Semitism in Europe today is being perpetrated by Muslim immigrants, or by the those on the political left: 30% of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe during the past five years were attributed to "Muslim extremists" and 21% to those with a "left-wing political view," according to the report. Only 13% of the attacks were attributed to those with a "right-wing political view." Another FRA survey found that six out of ten Jews who were victims of "violent physical anti-Semitism" attributed the crimes to "someone with a Muslim extremist view."
There's plenty more, including anti-Israelism at the UN, support for BDS, among other elements that make perfectly clear the WJC has become an embarrassment and an atrocity who're as dhimmified as Merkel herself. If they go ahead with their plans and give her a prize, they'll prove they've lost their compass, and are probably better off dismantled, as they've caved to political correctness and aren't interested in abolishing evil ideologies to make the world safer anymore.

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