Germany: Jewish leader wants more tolerance towards Muslims, action against Islamic antisemitism
Via News.de (German) and Katholiek Nieuwsblad (Dutch):
Dieter Graumann, chairman of the Central Council of Jews, called for more religious tolerance towards Muslims in Germany. In an interview to magazine Christ & Welt he said it was wrong to suspect all Muslims, as most of them live in Germany peacefully and get along well with people of other religions.
Graumann said that Muslims have a right to build mosques and to practice their beliefs, just like every other citizen. He said that Germans should let go of the idea that there should be a church in the center of the village, that there can be a mosque there or anywhere else.
Graumann also blamed the Muslim organizations of not doing enough against the increasing antisemitism in the Muslim community. Friendly smiles on TV are simply not enough, he said.
Hatred and prejudices against Jews are increasing, in particular among young Muslim men, and this trend can be seen in football fields and playgrounds. Graumann demanded the Muslim organizations take concrete initiatives.