Why do German Jews Support Absorbing Syrian Refugees?

While most Europeans strongly oppose the massive influx of Middle Eastern migrants into Germany, warning against the possible infiltration by terrorists and the affect on European culture, Germany's Jews reportedly firmly support letting the migrants in.

To make sense of the puzzling state of affairs Arutz Sheva spoke with Eliyus Paz, head of the World Bnei Akiva in Germany, who explained the education Jews receive in Germany is the reason for the majority support.

"The truth is that it's kind of surprising that they overwhelmingly support the refugees from Syria, because after all, these are refugees who a majority of them are Muslims, and part of them don't hide their hatred for Israel," said Paz.

"However, apparently the education that they (Jews) received in German schools imprints upon them liberalism and love of the 'other,'" he explained. "These are Jews who immigrated years ago from Russia, and Germany absorbed them."

According to the Bnei Akiva head, Jews in Germany "are exposed in the media to this stream (of thinking) and it influences their own thinking."

However, not all Jews in Germany feel the same.

"Precisely the Israelis who emigrate to Germany have a less favorable opinion towards Syrian refugees," said Paz.

Turning his attention to Jewish life in the country, he explained that many Jews come to synagogues for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).

"Suddenly on the holidays on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur you see a lot of Jews who arrive at the synagogue, those who you don't really see throughout the year. It's definitely a rare opportunity to touch the Jewish spark within them."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200812

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