A representative study commissioned by the Central Council of Jews shows how deeply rooted and disguised anti-Semitism is in the collective thinking of many Germans. For example, 92 percent agreed with the statement “I have nothing against Jews.” Only 57 percent agreed with “I have nothing against Zionists.” Germany’s Welt noted on November 10: “Anti-Zionism questions the right of the Jewish and democratic state of Israel to exist; Zionism formed as a reaction to and protection against increasing anti-Semitism” (Watch Jerusalem translation throughout).
Also shocking is that 21 percent of Germans and 32 percent of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party voters agree that “what Jews are doing to Palestinians today” is, in principle, “no different from what the National Socialists did to Jews.” According to Welt: “Israel is demonized and delegitimized by this statement, and the National Socialist extermination of Jews is implicitly trivialized.”
Twenty-four percent believe that Jews have too much influence on German politics, and 30 percent say Jews are taking advantage of Germany’s guilt in the Holocaust. Thirty-five percent believe that Jews are favored in Germany over other migrants, and 39 percent believe that Jews can silence non-Jews by accusing them of anti-Semitism. In each of those questions, AfD voters were twice as likely to agree with the statements (though the party officially claims to stand with Israel).
It’s no wonder then that Germany is experiencing a surge in anti-semitic acts. In 2020, Germany experienced the highest number of anti-Semitic crimes since record-keeping began in 2001, Spiegel Online reported. There were 2,275 anti-Semitic crimes last year; that is an average of six per day. Spiegel noted that of those crimes, 55 were classified as acts of violence.
Proportionally no group in Germany has witnessed more persecution. Germany currently has a population of over 83 million people. Before the 1930s, the Jewish community had around 560,000 members. Since then, the community has shrunk to only around 116,000.
The German federal government reported in August that 2020 experienced 580 anti-Semitic crimes in the East German states—a drastic increase to previous years. In April, the Berlin Research and Information Center on Anti-Semitism reported that Berlin experienced a 13 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2020 compared to 2019. In February, it was reported that the police had identified 1,367 anti-Semitic suspects from 2020, but only five have been arrested, and not a single arrest warrant had been issued. According to a 2020 Civey survey, 33.5 percent of Germans believe their nation’s handling of Nazi crimes is “exaggerated.”
For decades, German governments have openly fought against anti-Semitism. Many in the media have condemned it (though anti-Israel bias is often visible) and courts have prosecuted crimes. Yet anti-Semitism never really left.
Jews have been repeatedly persecuted by the traditional Christian and Muslim world. From Antiochus Epiphanes to Adolf Hitler, leaders throughout history have sought to eradicate Jewish life. The Bible has recorded much of this hatred and prophesies of more to come. “Hitler’s hatred of Jews goes much deeper than the world has ever even imagined. The main force of this emotion is Satan’s hatred for God!” as Mr. Flurry notes in his booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.
God would protect the Jewish nation if they would rely on Him and obey His commandments. Yet Israel is prophesied to look to another source for protection. As Mr. Flurry explains in his book The King of the South, Germany is prophesied to directly enter the Middle East conflict. Israel will trust Germany for protection. This trust will be ill-placed, however. We can already see growing hostility toward Israel throughout Germany.
Germany is prophesied to rally this hatred into an all-out attack. The real force behind this attack, however, is Satan himself. Satan’s hatred for the Jews is explained in detail in Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.
The good news is that we are about to see a final end to the recurring human plague of anti-Semitism. That end is prophesied to come with the arrival of the Messiah. Present world events—and how they match with Bible prophecy—show that that time is close.
For more information on this subject of anti-Semitism, read Richard Palmer’s Trumpet.com article “The One Minority Society Loves to Hate.”