Germany: Gay Jewish Conservative attacked by Muslims at Potsdam Train Station – Spit in the Face
Guest post by Collin McMahon
25-year old Jewish Potsdam resident Marvin F. was attacked by two Syrians at the train station in Potsdam, as mainstream media reported internationally.
What they didn’t know: Marvin is gay and a member of the conservative “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) party.
“I’m just sick of what’s happening to Germany, that’s why I decided to go public with my story”, the 25-year-old told us one day after the incident, still agitated. “I’ve worn my yarmulke every day for ten years our of respect for my religion, but now you experience incidents like this every week. Two weeks ago in Giessen, my yarmulke was torn from my head.”
Marvin F. said he was “deeply disgusted” by Saturday’s altercation: “I got out at the Potsdam train station, but I wasn’t wearing anything to identify myself as an AfD member.” (AfD members are attacked twice as often as all other political parties in Germany put together, a parliamentary query revealed in May.)
“I was only wearing my yarmulke. Two young Muslims came by, shouted “Filthy Jew!” at me, bumped into me and both spit in my face. I wanted to fight back, but they ran off. They were too cowardly to fight me. I was in shock.
A witness urged Marvin F. to call the police, who were “very nice, very helpful”, he said. Together with the police officers, he found the two culprits still lingering in the train station, seeming to be in no hurry to flee. The culprits were arrested. Both are allegedly “Syrian refugees”, although it is hard to be certain since so many migrants threw away their passports and claimed to be Syrians after the Merkel government announced it would accept all Syrians starting in September 2015.
“I’m stunned, I’m speechless, I’m shaking all over,” Marvin F. said after the incident. “To have a thing like this happen in Germany, where you can’t feel safe as a Jew on the streets anymore, is terrible.”
Marvin F. is gay and lives with his partner in Potsdam outside Berlin. He joined the AfD in 2017, “because no other party cares about the threat to Jewish and gay life posed by mass Muslim immigration”, he said.
The Alternative for Germany is the largest opposition party in the German Bundestag and is often accused of being anti-Semitic or even neo-Nazi by its political opponents. The party itself denies this and claims to be “the most pro-Jewish, pro-Israel party in the German Bundestag”. Bundestag faction co-chair Beatrix von Storch co-founded the “friends of Judea and Samaria” in the EU Parliament. In October 2018, Jewish AfD members founded the “Jews in the AfD” caucus.
In March the FDP and AfD parties were the only parties to support a bill calling for and end to Germany’s anti-Israel voting pattern at the UN. In May the AfD filed a motion to ban the BDS movement in Germany, which was voted down and a watered-down version passed by the ruling parties instead, In June the AfD filed a motion to condemn Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, which was voted down by all other parties.
The constant attacks by Muslim migrants in Germany made Marvin decide to go public with his story, he told us, “even though many people warned me not to. But I’m sick of it, and I won’t stand for it any longer.”
In May, the German government’s antisemitism expert Felix Klein warned against wearing a kippah in public in Germany. US Ambassador Richard Grenell countered with a tweet, “The opposite is true. Wear your kippa. Wear your friend’s kippa. Borrow a kippa and wear it for our Jewish neighbors. Educate people that we are a diverse society”, and helped launch a campaign to wear yarmulkes in Berlin in public.