BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the country’s citizens to attend a rally against anti-Semitism next week in Berlin where she will speak.
Merkel said Saturday she would do everything possible to make sure anti-Semitism has no chance in Germany.
She said making Jews feel safe remains a top priority for Germany 75 years after the Holocaust, and expressed worries that Jewish institutions need police protection.
“We need to resolutely pursue every sign of anti-Semitism,” she said.
The September 14 national rally in Berlin is being coordinated by the Central Council of Jews in Germany. German Federal President Joachim Gauck is also scheduled to speak.
Europe saw heavy protests against Israel over the past summer during Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip, but on many occasions the political demonstrations boiled over into racism and anti-Semitism, with many attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions in the UK, France and Germany, among other countries.
On Sunday some 3,500 demonstrators rallied in Frankfurt to protest a recent wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany.
Under the banner “Stand up! Never again anti-Semitism,” protesters outside City Hall also expressed solidarity with religious minorities suffering persecution under the jihadist group ISIS.
A broad coalition of political and Jewish religious leaders have joined to decry a recent spate of verbal and physical attacks on Jews in German cities, some of which occurred during anti-Israel protests.
JTA contributed to this report.