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Do Jewish Lives Matter?

By Manuel Freund for Apollo News. The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is currently trending on all social media worldwide. Together with Corona, the topic dominates the media in Germany. Since the beginning of the month, demos "against police violence and racism" have been taking place regularly in many major cities around the world. In Paris, tens of thousands of demonstrators also gathered on the streets. Of course, the one with the minimum distance did not work so well, but that is not the point here. There were other incidents at the demo in Paris.

The demos should actually be about overcoming racism and creating equality between all ethnic groups. The reason why the movement nevertheless calls itself “BlackLivesMatter” and not “AllLivesMatter” is that the lives of dark-skinned people are currently most at risk. The fire brigade will take care of the burning house when a house is on fire, although theoretically all houses could be on fire.

However, some of the demonstrators got this in the wrong throat and thought that they could now determine which sections of the population are worth protecting and which ones can be got rid of. The anti-Semites camped on the Place de la République with Palestinian flags and banners with inscriptions such as "Israel, Laboratory for Police Violence". And before anyone says "But anti-Zionism is not the same as anti-Semitism": the demonstrators threw insults like "dirty Jews". After all, the sister of the black Adama Traoré, who died in police custody in 2016, distanced himself from the anti-Semitic excesses on the demo.

These anti-Semitic BlackLivesMatter components take advantage of their current position. Because of the recent events, many people no longer dare to criticize individual blacks or the BlackLivesMatter movement. But it is not racist to criticize individual black people for their statements. It is only racist when I say that all blacks are anti-Semites. In fact, the opposite of what many think is the case: it is racist to tolerate discrimination against Jews just because the perpetrators are black. Anyone who says that the black house has to be taken care of right now because the black house is on fire must also take care of the Jewish house, because that really burns in France and Germany.
Since so many people insisted that the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter be called #AllLivesMatter, it is much better to call for the hashtag #JewishLivesMatter to be spread. Even if we are not ARD [a working group of public broadcasters in Germany] and therefore the new hashtag will probably not make such big waves: you have to open people's eyes and make the rampant anti-Semitism in Europe visible in all political spectra and all social groups.

Source: Apollo News
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