A German appellate court upheld the decision of a lower court that three Palestinians who tried to burn a synagogue were not engaged in anti-Semitism. They were merely exercising their basic civil rights to protest against the Israeli government. Charges against the three were dismissed.
It is akin to saying that Kristallnacht was merely a large civil rights protest.
The German judicial mind could not grasp that holding German Jews responsible for what Israel does to defend its citizens from thousands of rocket and missile attacks is the very essence of anti-Semitism. For those on the left who keep telling us that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism, maybe the German judicial decision will open their eyes.
If America had the grave misfortune of living under another term of Barack Obama, I wonder whether an attempt to burn a synagogue here would likewise be defined as a legitimate protest against Israel.
It is not as absurd a thought as Obama’s partisans might think. After two votes at the United Nations denying the Biblical and historical ties of Jews to the land of their ancestors, the Obama administration ensured that the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, as well as much of the city itself and the lands known as Judea and Samaria, were not only illegally inhabited by Jews but also had to be turned over to a Muslim entity that promised to make them Judenrein—an entity whose raison d’etre is the elimination of both the Jews and their state.