The Saracen and the Jews

Posted by John Rosenthal

Another interview and another controversy for Thilo Sarrazin, the embattled board member of the German Bundesbank. Last autumn, Sarrazin found himself embroiled in controversy and accused of racism following the publication of a wide-ranging interview in which he questioned the capacity for integration of Muslim immigrants in Germany.

Now, Sarrazin has done it again. Though out of an interview comprising nearly 3000 German words, the source of the controversy this time consists of exactly six. The six words in question? “All Jews share a certain gene.” Restored to their context, it is obvious that in using the six words, Sarrazin was merely attempting, however infelicitously, to express what is in fact a tautology. Why, then, the outraged reactions in the German media and among the German political elites?

See my new article on weeklystandard.com here.

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