Cologne proved it values neither reason nor discussion. “The city was ready.” For mob rule.
My [Jewish] friend, Michael Kucherov was the first casualty here on Friday. He got beaten up for trying to enter the first of our [=Pro Cologne] meetings on Friday. I sorely resent myself for not being there at that time for him. It rips me apart to hear about a Jew being beaten up in the streets of Germany. Well he wouldnt be the only Jew. The next day as I was trying to enter Heumarkt, I was beaten up by Antifa thugs on Eibahnstrasse. In both incidents, as we were being beaten up, they were yelling and screaming "Nazi" which was quite odd. Michael dressed in a suit but I was wearing my kippa and quite easily identified as a Jew so you can understand how odd it seems to be beaten by Germans in the street and called Nazi when you are Jewish. Anyway, I am going home with a broken rib but my pride still entact. I could have tried to escape or run but no way no how and I going to run or get on my knees for these people. Not this Jew.
And one more thing, just let them all know that we (Jews) arent all soft. Living here in Europe, we battle thugs and islamists all the time and still ask for more. Thats why I traveled from France to Germany to make this conference. We are on the frontline of a battle which grows darker by the minute.
The event (both days) was chaotic. Obviously someone in the police department had leaked all our programme as we were blocked at every step. I tried to accompany B. [an Italian] to the Friday private meeting, but we were blocked by loonies, and the police, instead of protecting us, sent us all away. B., as you can imagine, was furious! The same thing happened in the evening when we all tried to meet up again for dinner. The proprietor of one establishment, a bierkeller on the banks of the Rhine, threw us all out when he realized who we were.
An International Disgrace: Cologne Kicks Out “Undesirables”, 21 September 2008
Cologne Gives In to Violence after Mayor Calls for Intolerance, 20 September 2008
Cologne: A Tale of Two Mayors, 20 September 2008