In a disconcerting echo of the 1930s, a Jewish dance group was stoned by Arab youths in Hanover, Germany earlier today:
Arab youths threw stones at a Jewish dance group during a street festival in Hannover, injuring one dancer and forcing the group to cancel its performance, German police and dance officials said Thursday.
The teenagers also used a megaphone to shout anti-Semitic slurs during the attack Saturday, Hannover police spokesman Thorsten Schiewe said. … The Central Council of Muslims in Germany could not immediately be reached for comment.
Alla Volodarska of the Progressive Jewish community of Hannover dance group said its members were still in shock. “What happened is just so awful,” Volodarska told the AP. “The teenagers started throwing stones the moment our dance group was announced, even before they started dancing. … There were many kids throwing stones, many of them, but we don’t know the exact number,” she said.
What to say? This is, of course, one of the reasons why Zionists founded Israel, and one of the reasons why Helen Thomas’s suggestion that Jews should go “home” to Germany and Poland was vicious and hateful, as well as ignorant. But make no mistake: from the perspective of the stone-throwers, there is little difference between Jews and the rest of us–“Crusaders,” Hindus, atheists, whatever.