Haaretz reports that a crazed neo-Nazi stabbed a pregnant Muslim woman to death in front of her 3 year old son and husband. The murderer had previously taunted the woman and attempted to tear her head-scarf off her head. She was pursuing a civil action against him in a Dresden court when the killing occured. How in heaven’s name does a violent hater like this get a knife into a German courtroom?
Thankfully, the German Jewish community has had the sense to denounce this foul incident and visit the husband in the hospital where he is recovering from a stab wound inflicted by the killer and a bullet wound inflicted by a courtroom guard who mistook him (how?) for an attacker.
The leader of German Jews said:
All those people who have in the past belittled our concern about a phobia against Islam in Germany are seeing after this awful act how wrong they were…”
Officials from a German Muslim group and the country’s main Jewish group made a joint visit Monday to the Dresden hospital where the victim’s husband is being treated.
“You don’t have to be a Muslim to act against anti-Muslim behavior, and you don’t have to be a Jew to act against anti-Semitism,” said Stephan Kramer, the general secretary of the Central Council of Jews.
I issue a challenge to Muslim-haters among us like Daniel Pipes to denounce this despicable act. Let us see whether there is any act of violence against Muslims which would trouble their consciences. We shouldn’t let people like Abe Foxman off the hook either since the ADL claims a mission of combatting racism and religious prejudice around the world.
It is worth noting that the attacker is an immigrant from Russia where neo-Nazi and anti-foreigner sentiments runs deep. Vicious attacks on minorities of this sort are commonplace. But how can the German authorities not have been more aware of the violent propensities of someone like this and done a better job of protecting the victims?