Only in 4 out of 76 attacks on Jewish cemeteries the police arrested the perpetrators
Petra Pau, of the left party indicates that the police lack of sensitivity in setting priorities. They deal with attacks on Jewish cemeteries as if they were acts of vandalism.
The balance is depressing. According to information from the daily Tagesspiegel, from 2014 until the end of the first six months of 2017, 76 antisemitic attacks were perpetrated against Jewish cemeteries throughout Germany. The number can still rise, as data for the first six months of this year are based on temporary information. Only in four cases in three and a half years were they able to determine with certainty who the perpetrators were. This emerges from the Federal Ministry of the Interior’s response to a written query from the Vice-President of the Bundestag, Petra Pau. Pau turned to the federal government in August, and within a week the ministry returned with a notice. However, the question and the answer were published only now. The Tagesspiegel has the numbers. The ministry did not specify concrete cases.
Those low numbers “say something about sensitivity and prioritization” says Pau. “We have to be much more sensitive”. Many attacks are casually dismissed as non-political vandalism. “Fear exists that a high number of desecrations are not reported” said the vice president of the Bundestag. The desecration of cemeteries is “an expression of deep hatred against Jews”, said the president of the Central Jewish Council, Josef Schuster. You should never get used to such things. He assumes that “the police investigates conscientiously and intensively”. And he hopes that “the police, is well equipped and prepared for this purpose, in terms of manpower.”
According to the Interior Ministry, the majority of attacks on Jewish cemeteries on political grounds were recorded in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2014 and 2015, the police arrested the perpetrators of two acts of desecration. The two other cases, in which the police knew exactly who the offenders were, were perpetrated in 2014 in Brandenburg. This is half of the attacks carried out there by anti-Semites against Jewish cemeteries.
The Lower Saxony state was also severely affected by the phenomenon – twelve cases of desecration were perpetrated there. The following are the countries of the Saxony-Anhalt region with nine attacks, Thuringia with eight, Baden-Wurttemberg and Hessen – with six acts each, and Bavaria – with five cases. The police in Berlin, Rheinland-Pfalz and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania stated that in each of these states two acts of vandalism were perpetrated since 2014. In Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and the Sarr only one case was recorded in each state. Only Saxony announced that there had been no attack on a Jewish cemetery for three and a half years. However, Mrs. Pau looks skeptically at the zero cases in Saxony. “It would be wonderful but I do not believe it”, she said, pointing to the discrepancy in numbers in the neighboring states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.