Merkel warns over refugees and Jew-hate
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”.