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In Leipzig this week, the Christian West was on the verge of collapse. That's what it looked like anyway. After the announcement of two children's incubators in Germany on the prevention of pork and pigments, taking into consideration two Muslim children. The German mass-circulation Bild newspaper rushed to the front page. A few hours later, the garrisons in Saxony-Anhalt became under police protection.

On the other hand, there has been a surge in anger and hatred on the Internet. The West and its values ​​of democracy and freedom are all threatened with extinction, and blame here is on Islam. Such topics, which are discussed on "social" social networking sites, have been widely disseminated on such occasions. "Pork" is a subject of great interaction on the Internet.

Perhaps the wisest word spoken during this debate came from the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. "The last thing we need is hatred against minorities just because an organization takes food into account," said Joseph Schuster. But he left open the question of whether he meant the Internet or even the media, and perhaps also the German politicians. Yes, Schuster says: "The ban on pork is exaggerated," and thus addressed the most important point in the debate. But he especially criticizes the "heated debate" and called for more sanity and calm.

Anger rather than sympathy

The scene changes to another scene. In a town in the state of Hesse, an armed German man this week fired from his car, which he was driving, at an Eritrean youth. He did not know him. The 26-year-old father survived the help he was given immediately. But it was terrible. Because it symbolizes hatred, pure racism and dark violence. It also refers to this criminal act, which raises fears through the way it is carried out to some similar crimes in the United States of America.

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Christoph Strack editor in –

What about the voice of politics? It took a long time for the voices condemning this attempted murder to rise. Some politicians who contributed to the boiling of "pork" or "glue bears" are still silent. Not only the representatives of the alternative party for the right-wing populist Germany only.

What about social networking sites? Nothing compared to the Leipzig cyclone caused by the ban on pork. Hatred and discontent became fashionable in Germany, instead of sympathy and commitment to fundamental rights.

This is not good for the country and its people. After the fatal shots that killed the LDP's Walter Lubke of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, which was the victim of a right-wing extremist in early June, senior politicians, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, were vigilant. The tone of concern is often echoed in political speeches about democracy and what was called "social peace."

Most of the racial hatred and hostility emanates from the Internet. It is good that the judiciary has become more interactive over a number of weeks with such content and not only in isolated cases. My Facebook and Twitter sites are not doing enough (to counteract this), so German and European policy has to keep up the pressure.

Caution is required

The Vitserbach incident shows that hatred is moving from the Internet to reality. The gunman, who tried to kill the black-skinned man, had previously announced this work at a local bar. But no one stopped what he said or noticed, or reacted by warning of his statements. This is also a tragedy in itself.

For each act imitators. Every action needs a causative factor. That is why Joseph Schuster is right to say that Germany does not need "hatred against minorities". Often, it seems that we have not yet come to threaten social peace.

On the other hand, everyone can do a lot against hate, by reporting or referring to criminal cases on the Internet, and participating in demonstrations that promote human dignity and democracy, which are against the enemies of democracy and equality among all people.

"Arsch hoch" (the name is up or move) was the name of a campaign against xenophobia 25 years ago in Germany. The reasons for this campaign are back or they still exist.

Christoph Strak

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