A document submitted on behalf of several high-level German intelligence agencies raised concerns that the country’s current policy towards refugees fleeing the Middle East would lead to increased extremism and anti-Semitism. The statement was obtained and publicized by the German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag.
“The high influx of people from other parts of the world will lead to instability of our country,” reads part of the document. “An integration of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in Germany is not possible in view of the number and the existing parallel societies… we [will] import Islamist extremism, [and] anti-Semitism.”
The message also warns that the present course of action will push many native Germans to take radical anti-immigrant positions in reaction to policies “being forced by the political elite.”
Responding to a general wave of criticism over Germany’s “open door” policy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, “We can and will manage this integration,” adding her belief that many would not settle in the country permanently and that the Geneva Convention obligated the present course of action.
“There is great concern today among Jews in Germany regarding the migrant crisis. Jews know that doors must remain open to the oppressed and threatened, and acknowledge the exceptional efforts of Germany to act morally and nobly,” Rabbi Joshua Spinner, executive vice president and CEO of the Berlin-based Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, told Hamodia.
He added, however, that “hundreds of thousands of migrants, most socialized in an atmosphere of hatred of Israel, anti-Semitism and general intolerance of Western freedoms” posed a great threat to Jews as well as the democratic society of Germany in general.
In a meeting with Chancellor Merkel earlier this month, Dr. Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council for Jews in Germany, raised concerns over the influx of immigrants from Syria and Iraq, warning that “many come from countries in which Israel is an enemy and are raised with this hostility toward Israel [and] … frequently carry over their resentments toward all Jews in general.” Reports at the time said that Merkel had responded, “We must take care of that,” but that the chancellor did not offer any details.