German FM: Refugees who come must reject anti-Semitism
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German FM: Refugees who come must reject anti-Semitism

Frank-Walter Steinmeier says anti-Jewish hatred is ‘against everything we believe in and everything we have learned’

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI)
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI)

BERLIN — Germany’s foreign minister said refugees who find shelter in his country must reject anti-Semitism.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Tuesday that whoever comes to Germany has to accept that “anti-Semitism is against our constitution, against our civilization — against everything we believe in and everything we have learned.”

Germany has been debating how to integrate more than 1 million asylum-seekers who arrived last year, most of them Muslims from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The country has also seen a recent rise in nationalism, partly driven by groups who dispute Germany’s sole responsibility for the historical crimes of the Nazis.

Migrants queue for free food at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni on March 15, 2016, where thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded by the Balkan border blockade.(AFP / DANIEL MIHAILESCU)
Migrants queue for free food at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni on March 15, 2016, where thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded by the Balkan border blockade.(AFP / DANIEL MIHAILESCU)

Steinmeier told a conference on anti-Semitism in Berlin that “there is and can be no place for anti-Semitism in our understanding of a free, democratic and tolerant Germany.”

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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