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The leader of the Jewish community of Germany: Jewish life in this country is under threat

Charlotte Knobloch, former head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in an interview that the life of her co-religionists living in this country, under threat, and calls on the government to do more to combat anti-Semitism – forming, in particular, the special structure.

About it writes on Sunday, 31 December, the German newspaper Die Welt.

Summing up the year, Knobloch noted that it was marked by numerous anti-Israel protests, the rise of neo-Nazism and anti-Semitic scandals in social networks.

Currently, the Jewish community in Germany has around 100,000 members, there are so many ethnic Jews do not identificeret and thus have no contact with the community.

Earlier this month, the interior Minister of Germany Thomas de Maiziere said in an interview with leading German newspaper Bild am Sonntag: it supports the idea of appointing a high Commissioner on anti-Semitism in the next government.

The Minister noted that his decision was influenced by recent events in Germany, and, in particular, protest actions, including public burning of Israeli flags in response to the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from the trump, as well as expert advice and calls the Central Council of Jews in Germany, writes DW.

De maizière also expressed deep concern with growth and increase in anti-Semitic tendencies in his country, calling this trend is shameful. He reminded about the historical guilt of Germany towards the Jews, about the death of six million people during the Holocaust and stated that it will not allow to revive anti-Semitism.

The Minister urged the police to firmly deal with those who burn Israeli flags, stressing that this action symbolizes the refusal to recognize the Jewish state right to exist. Recall that the burning of flags and state symbols are regarded by German law as a criminal offence, but the same actions in relation to improvised and unofficial symbols are not.

However, these actions fall under the law banning incitement to violence against Jews. De Maiziere called on to equate these actions to the burning of official state symbols. This position was supported by his party, the Christian democratic Union and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.

The Minister noted that by the end of the year the number of migrants arriving in Germany from the Middle East and North Africa will not exceed 200,000 people – the limit set by the authorities.

The leader of the Jewish community of Germany: Jewish life in this country is under threat 31.12.2017

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