Today as I write, the coffin of PC Keith Palmer (the policeman killed in the Westminster attack last month) is passing lines of police officers and mourners on it’s final journey to Southwark Cathedral.
His body has been guarded the past few days by police, and has been residing at Westminster Chapel until now.
890 miles away in Stockholm, ceremonies have been held today and a minutes silence for the four who died in the latest truck attack to hit Europe on Friday.
Those who gathered to pay their respects outside City Hall in Stockholm were told by Mayor Karin Wanngard that “We will never give in to violence. We will never let terror prevail”.
According to the BBC:
“Sweden has taken in nearly 200,000 refugees and migrants in recent years – more per capita than any other European country.”
However, while many Europeans voice concerns over mass migration and the conflict of cultures it inevitably brings, German authorities have other concerns: the political right-wing.
German news source The Local reported on 7th April that following a failed government attempt to outlaw the far right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), government funding for the party will be removed despite the party being entitled to it by law as per the German democratic system.
The German parliament had previously tried to ban the party altogether but had failed since the party was considered too small to pose a threat to German democracy.
The NPD has a mere 6,000 members.
This move, ahead of a September election is presumably designed to limit the visibility of the right-wing – a legitimate concern for many leftist parties on the continent right now.
Sympathy for the right seems to be on the rise in Europe amid concerns over the crime and terror numbers which migrants have brought with them.
On the other hand, reports surfaced last week that a 14 year old German Jewish boy has left his school following incidents in which he was “beaten, kicked and threatened with a replica gun after he revealed to fellow pupils that he was Jewish” according to the National Post.
However, the perpetrators were not European identitarians, but Muslim students who told the boy (whose name remains unreleased as per child protection law):
“Muslims hate Jews. All Jews are murderers.”
According to the boy’s British mother:
“They told us this is normal for adolescents from this background, that they’re just trying to find their identity, but it shouldn’t be normal. I’ve never experienced such direct anti-Semitism before in all the years I’ve lived in Germany.”
Furthermore, the family were reportedly shunned when offering to organise a talk for pupils of the majority Muslim school to be given by the boy’s grandparents – both of whom are survivors of the infamous ‘final solution’.
Given the tendency for officials at all levels of the German establishment to leap on Europeans they perceive as having National Socialist leanings, one would have thought there would be serious repercussions for this treatment of a Jew which is so evocative.
Have there been any ramification for the school or the students involved?
It is highly doubtful.
What we can be sure of is that this is not an isolated case and for the first time in decades European Jews (along with homosexuals and women) face the import of a very real threat to their day to day well being.
Elsewhere in German news, Deutsche Welle reported on Sunday that 275 members of the German armed forces are to be investigated for “right-wing extremism” by the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD).
Resources given to MAD to carry out these operations have recently been expanded.
The investigations regard so called “propaganda crimes” involving misconduct and wrongful speech on the internet.
Left Party member of parliament Ulla Jelpke commented:
“Whoever turns out to be a Hitler fan needs to get out of the army”.
It seems that while fans of Hitler are not welcome in the German army, fans of Muhammad are welcome to patrol German streets enforcing Sharia law.
In November 2016 seven men were acquitted by a German court despite having been filmed in action and photographed in 2014 wearing vests which said ‘Sharia police’.
The group had been patrolling the German city of Wuppertal demanding that locals stop drinking, gambling and listening to music as all these things are prohibited by Islamic law.
The case had already been rejected by a court a year earlier, before being appealed and rejected once again because their uniforms were not “suggestively militant or intimidating” enough to warrant a crime.
The group was organised by Sven Lau, a German Muslim preacher who has made his admiration for Syrian terror groups quite clear (for which he is currently facing separate charges).
This is not the only instance of such groups in European cities, including the UK’s capital London.
Similarly, functioning Sharia courts are hardly unheard of in Europe or the UK.
It seems that Germany has a double standard.
One rule for Islam and one rule for the political right; one rule for the religious and another for the political.