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‘Anti-Semitism Threatens Democracy as a Whole’

Germany's Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Anti-Semitism, Felix Klein, highlighted the fact that the fight against anti-Semitism will not go away any time soon.

In times of crisis people are particularly susceptible to supposedly simple answers such as those offered by anti-Semitism, Klein said during a meeting of the Bundestag Human Rights Committee. “Whether it is the Ukraine war, the energy crisis, inflation or the Corona pandemic – crises provide a breeding ground for such ideas,” Klein said.

“Conspiracy narratives, Holocaust trivialization and criticism of Israel have long since spread not only on the political fringe, but have reached into the middle of society and can also be found in intellectual, academic milieus. This threatens democracy in Germany as a whole.”

The fact that there are efforts in EU member states such as Finland to ban circumcision and slaughter is worrying, as it threatens the basic conditions for Jewish life, Klein said. The number of online hate posts has recently risen massively in Germany, and the number of criminal offenses had reached a peak of more than 3,000 in 2021, he said, referring to statistics from the Federal Criminal Police Office.

The first National Strategy against Anti-Semitism, which the German government adopted in November 2022, should contribute to countering anti-Semitism at all political and social levels, Klein explained. For the first time, it deliberately addresses everyone, defines five fields of action.

Klein emphasized the importance of countering hatred on the internet. He also called for the fight against anti-Semitism to be placed even higher on the European agenda. (INN / VFI News)

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