Imagine this: a Jewish person is taking a special taxi to a supermarket full of German shoppers. He awaits until there are enough Germans in the store, and detonate himself. Some are injured, including the assailant. A weapon is found in his pocket together with a note that shows how much he hates Germans. Would the German public accept a trial that is not a prosecuting a hate crime? Of course not, justifiably. But a case like that just happened recently in Hamburg. No one in the German public really protested or cared. The victim was a Jew.
The police in Hamburg brought the prosecution a ready-to-made case: Grigoriy K., a 29-year-old German citizen originally from Kazakhstan, took a special taxi last October and exited outside a synagogue in Hamburg. He was wearing a German army camouflage uniforms, and was carrying a folding knife and a note with a swastika in his pocket. Holding a folding spade in his hands, he waited for a prey. It was the eve of a Jewish holiday and a few days before the anniversary of the Halle attack. Grigoriy K. saw a man with a kippah arriving, and attacked him, hitting him a few times in the head with the shovel, causing him life threatening injuries.
Recently, the court in Hamburg discussed his case. The prosecution brought an expert who testified that the attacker suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, accompanied by delusional fears of persecution. Therefore the accused can be sentenced only for a placement in psychiatric ward and not in prison. I have a couple a remarks about it: the first is that the whole plan and the execution of the crime doesn’t seem delusional to me, and the second is that the persecution description is ironic. Attackers of Jews usually claim that they just try to save the world from the Jews.
Anyway, this expert also didn’t see the case as an attack that was based on religious, ideological, right-wing extremist or anti-Semite goals with free will. the prosecution defended the note with the swastika by suggesting that the original meaning of the cross is of sun and light and offer protection and bring happiness. Basically, the prosecution tried to say that mental illness and anti-Semitism is viewed as contradicting motivation.
The judge in Hamburg accepted the claim of mental illness and sentenced the accused to life in mental institution. She rejected the claim of the motive and decided that it was an attack targeted at Jews.
The prosecution in Hamburg should be ashamed, but if it continues like this, it will really flatten the anti-Semite crime curb. There can’t be any anti-Semitism in a place where they will be no more Jews.