The flood of immigrants to Germany has been accompanied by an explosion in knife crimes, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Soeren Kern, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, has created a list of such incidents.
“In recent months, people armed with knives, axes and machetes have brought devastation to all of Germany’s 16 federal states,” he said. “Knives have been used not only to carry out jihadist attacks, but also to commit homicides, robberies, home invasions, sexual assaults, honor killings and many other types of violent crime.”
He said knife-related crimes “have occurred in amusement parks, bicycle trails, hotels, parks, public squares, public transportation, restaurants, schools, supermarkets and train stations.”
The “surge,” he said, “is drawing renewed attention to the deteriorating security situation there since Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to allow win more than a million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.”
Kern’s review of police blotters and other sources found random and unprovoked attacks on strangers.
In Monchengladbach, for example, an 18-year-old illegal alien from Algeria drew a knife on a 65-year-old man in a wheelchair. In Hamburg, a 23-year-old man was stabbed after he made “accidental eye contact” with an attacker. Both attacks were in October.
Also, a 46-year-old father at an amusement park was stabbed and seriously hurt when he was attacked by a gang of Afghan youths.
Kern’s report said 2017 is “on track to become a record year for stabbings and knife crimes: Police reported more than 3,500 knife-related crimes between January and October 2017, compared to around 4,000 reported crimes during all of 2016 – and only 300 in 2007.”
Overall, during the past 10 years, he said, knife-related crimes in Germany have increased by more than 1,200 percent.
He said police often do not report knife violence. When they do they are called “isolated” attacks, and the reports routinely delete the nationalities of perpetrators.
“Merkel’s open-door migration policies have, however, set in motion a self-reinforcing cycle of violence in which more and more people are carrying knives in public — including for self-defense,” he found.
“The epicenter of knife-related violence in Germany is Berlin, where some areas are now so dangerous that they have effectively become no-go zones. In Neukölln and other neighborhoods with large immigrant communities, stabbings have become daily features of life. Migrants were responsible for at least 45 percent of the crimes committed in the German capital in 2016, according to the Berliner Morgenpost,” he said.