The recent surge of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany confirms the necessity for Felix Klein's appointment as the nation's first anti-Semitism commissioner. It is also an acknowledgement by the German government that it has failed to deal effectively with the problem for many years.
The time for guidance by political correctness has passed. Today's challenges go beyond swaggering young Nazi thugs. Anti-Jewish hate is manifesting violently on the streets of Berlin and other German cities, in the classrooms of public schools, where Jewish students are bullied, and from pulpits of Islamist theological genocide promoters.
More than three years ago, when Germany's current foreign minister, Heiko Maas, was serving as justice minister, the Simon Wiesenthal Center asked him how Germany planned to handle the anti-Semitic baggage brought by migrants from the Arab and Muslim world. There was no plan then; one million immigrants later, there still is no plan.