Monday, May 21, 2018
A Syrian man living in Berlin was charged with assault after he attacked an Arab-Israeli manwearing a kippah.
The alleged attacker, a Syrian Palestinian Arab living in Germany since 2015, was identified as Knaan Al S, due to German privacy laws, according to The Associated Press. He was charged on Friday with causing bodily harm and slander. He turned himself in two days after the April 17 attack.
During the attack, the assailant lashed the man with his belt and repeated the Arabic word for Jew, “Yahudi.” The victim, Adam Armouch, an Arab-Israeli, filmed the attack on his cellphone. He was accompanied by a 24-year-old man also wearing a kippah who reported being accosted verbally by three men.
Armoush, 21, who is not Jewish, told the Deutsche Welle news agency that he had grown up in an Arab-Christian family in Haifa, Israel, and said he put on the kippah as an experiment to see “how bad it is to walk Berlin’s streets as a Jew today.”
The attack took place in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, which is popular among many Israelis living in Berlin. It is also home to an Orthodox Jewish community centered around the Lauder Yeshivas Beis Zion and the synagogue Kahal Adass Jisroel Berlin.
The attack led thousands of Jews and non-Jews alike to don kippot and participate in “Wear a Kippah” rallies in Berlin and other German cities to protest anti-Semitism.https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/246235
By Thomas Lifson
Chaos and instability is more or less the normal state of affairs when it comes to Italy’s national government. But the formation of a new government expected today, two months after voters handed more than 50% of the vote to two populist parties (Five Star and The League) promises more strife and uncertainty than usual. Now, the European Union faces the probability of defiance by a major member state. Ishan Tharoor writes in the Washington Post:
…the populists' ascension in Rome crystallizes a real danger for Europe's liberal establishment. Their joint platform offers an emphatic riposte to the edicts of Brussels, potentially threatens the integrity of the euro zone, promises a hard-line campaign against migrants and extends a hand of friendship to Moscow.
Germany, the dominant economic power of the EU has been insisting on enforcement of quotas for member states to accept immigrants, sparking resistance from 4 members admitted from the former Soviet sphere, called the Visegrad Group: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary. Now, a Western large economy one of the founding members of the EU, and one on the frontlines of immigrant intake may defy the German-imposed mandate. The two parites in the populist coalition have:
…a plan to carry out mass deportations of illegal migrants and scale back Italy's efforts to rescue those attempting the perilous sea journey from North Africa. For Salvini and the League, it's simply part of their ultranationalist, far-right politics. But for the Five Star Movement, as di Maio told Today's WorldView last year, it serves as a wake-up call to the European Union, which they argue has not done enough to support Italy on migration.
Other plans of the populists, in the economic sphere, also spell trouble for the EU, and probably for Italy, too:
Their proposed reforms include a guaranteed monthly income of close to $1,000 for poor families, tax cuts and a push against E.U.-mandated austerity measures. But it's not clear where the money for these programs will come from, and European officials fear that tens of billions of euros in additional spending could lead to a potentially catastrophic new sovereign debt crisis on the Mediterranean.
Financial markets are not amused, as AP reports:
The prospect of a 5-Star-League government weighed heavily on markets and on Italy’s European allies. The cost of borrowing to fund Italy’s persistently high public debt rose to the highest levels in nine months and the Milan stock market was trading down 2 percent.
France’s economics minister has already sounded an alarm that the eurozone’s financial stability could be threatened if a populist government blows Italy’s deficit commitments.
“If the new government takes the risk of not respecting its commitments on debt, the deficit, but also on consolidation of banks, then the entire financial stability of the eurozone will be threatened,” Bruno Le Maire told the Cnews television channel Sunday.
There is no way that Italy can afford such generous handouts, and no matter the agenda of the new government, the money will not appear magically. I suspect that this means that immigration planks of their platform will be emphasized even more, leading to a well-deserved crisis for the Brussels hegemons who impose demographic transformation on unwilling member states.
All of this means further strife, and further chaos for the EU, just as Brexit implementation becomes serious.
It couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of autocrats.
Coalition partner party leaders will go to the Quirinal Palace Monday evening to meet with Sergio Mattarella, the Italian President, to officially form a populist, Eurosceptic government which has prompted panicked headlines across the continent.
Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is investigating 10 more of its local offices after the former head of its Bremen office was suspected of wrongly granting asylum to more than a thousand people, media reported on Sunday. More than 1.6 million migrants, many from the Middle East, have arrived in Germany since 2014, prompting concerns about social cohesion and security, and boosting support for the far-right Alternative for Germany, which entered the national parliament for the first time in last year's election. In April, prosecutors said they were investigating the former head of BAMF's Bremen office, who is suspected of granting asylum to some 1,200 people who did not qualify for it, the majority of them members of the Yazidi ethnic group. Several German media on Sunday said the BAMF was now reviewing 10 out of its 70 outposts and cited an Interior Ministry spokeswoman as saying 8,500 asylum decisions from 2017 were being checked. Bild am Sonntag (BamS) newspaper said, without citing its sources, that 13 outposts were being reviewed. Neither the BAMF nor Interior Ministry were immediately available for comment. Deputy Interior Minister Stephan Mayer has said certificates of recognition will be annulled where necessary if legally possible.