The issue that refuses to go away.
Augstein said some outrageous things about Haredi Jews, that they’re the equivalent to fundamentalist Muslims, you know, the ones waging jihadi war around the world, trying to impose the sharia, as well as the beating of their women, murdering gays, and cutting off hands, feet and heads of those they deem haram, and engaging in marriage/rape pedophilia to mimic the deeds of their prophet. The comparison is contemptible.
Jews, even the most devout, have no designs on forcing their norms and values upon the non-Jewish society in which they live, nor do they practice ”the law of vengeance”. Even in Israel, Muslims and other non-Jews are very carefully not imposed upon by religious law, other than Saturday being the only day off. Real sick stuff by this Der Spiegel columnist.
NOTE: The famous ”eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” verse from the Torah, is one of limitation, not of vengeance, that’s something completely lost on turd buckets such as Augstein.
Wiesenthal dean labels Augstein ‘anti-Semite’
Rabbi Abraham Cooper says ‘Der Spiegel’ columnist Jakob Augstein is an “anti-Semite” for first time since the outbreak of dispute.
BERLIN – The associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, on Thursday labeled the Der Spiegel columnist Jakob Augstein an “anti-Semite” for the first time since the outbreak of a dispute over Augstein’s alleged anti-Israel and anti-Semitic columns. Cooper said Augstein’s attacks on Israeli haredim were “classical medieval Jew-hatred.”
The Wiesenthal Center had previously termed Augstein’s rhetoric explicitly anti-Semitic but waited to see if Augstein would change his mind and apologize to Jews and his readers.
The Der Spiegel columnist wrote last year, “But the Jews also have their fundamentalists, the ultra-Orthodox haredim. They are not a small splinter group. They make up 10% of the Israeli population.
They are cut from the same cloth as their Islamic fundamentalist opponents. They follow the law of revenge.”
Cooper said Augstein’s comments about haredim had nothing to do with Middle Eastern politics, and added that he was “shocked that Augstein was not called out by fellow German journalists” before asking the roughly 60 journalists in attendance at the Berlin press conference, “Where are you and what does this have to do with journalism?” Cooper said a significant number of the victims of the Holocaust were haredi and were singled out straight away for extermination because of their appearance.