In many German cities, demonstrations against Israel have turned into vocal anti-Jewish protests. "We are witnessing an explosion of violent hatred against Jews," said Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. He urged politicians for stronger action.
The focus of the demonstrations started against the Israeli government's action against the people of Gaza. So far, there are 600 dead, many of them civilians.Now, the protests include anti-Jewish chants and hate-slogans against Israel - no matter whether in Essen, Göttingen and Berlin. "Zionists are fascists", "child murderer Israel" or "Down with Israel" was chanted.
In Berlin, police and prosecutors investigate whether the slogans were ethnically and therefore punishable. In addition, the police had to protect Jews from attacks.
On Saturday, a Jewish couple got massive threats when they moved near a pro-Palestinian demonstration. The man was identified as a Jew because of his Kippa. "Nazi murderer Israel", "fucking Jews, we'll get you!", shouted the crowd.
In Essen, eight people participating in the "peace demonstration for the Middle East" were arrested. Many participants chanted slogans against Israel. Later, 200 demonstrators attacked a pro-Israel rally; using bottles.