Merkel warns over refugees and Jew-hate

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

GER­MAN CHAN­CEL­LOR An­gela Merkel has urged strong ac­tion against an­tisemitism, stat­ing that it is more wide­spread than imag­ined.

In her weekly pod­cast on Satur­day, she said that “an­tisemitism is more per­va­sive than we imag­ine and that we must act in­ten­sively against it”.

The Ger­man leader, speak­ing days be­fore Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day, re­sponded to wor­ries pre­vi­ously voiced by the head of the Cen­tral Coun­cil of Jews, Josef Schus­ter, that many asy­lum seek­ers “come from cul­tures where ha­tred of Jews and in­tol­er­ance are deeply in­grained”. She said that “we must be specif­i­cally care­ful with young peo­ple who­come­from­coun­trieswhere­ha­tred of Is­rael and Jews is wide­spread”.

An­tisemitism had been seen in a num­ber of schools and meet­ing places for youth, she said. “We must also en­cour­age stu­dents who do not think that way and make it pos­si­ble for them to clearly say this is not the way it should be… an­tisemitism has no place in our so­ci­ety,” she said.

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port pre­sented to the Is­raeli govern­ment on Sun­day, Euro­pean Union lead­ers are sys­tem­at­i­cally ig­nor­ing an­ti­semitic views held by their cit­i­zens.

More than 40 per cent of peo­ple in the EU agreed with the claim that Is­raelis were be­hav­ing like the Nazis, ac­cord­ing to six dif­fer­ent stud­ies con­ducted mostly in Ger­many but in­clud­ing eight other coun­tries.

TheCo­or­di­na­tionFo­rum­forCoun­ter­ing An­tisemitism, an Is­raeli state body, said in its 2015 re­port that “the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of th­ese find­ings is that more than 150 mil­lion of the 400 mil­lion EU cit­i­zens, aged over 16, are hold­ing views that are clas­si­fied as an­ti­semitic”.

Lead­ers of the EU “sys­tem­at­i­cally ig­nore this is­sue,” it de­clared, adding that rad­i­cal Is­lam had be­come the “cen­tral gen­er­a­tor of an­tisemitism in Europe”.

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