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Germany vows to fight local and ‘imported’ anti-Semitism

Germany should appoint an anti-Semitism commissioner to counter growing hate speech against Jews and Israel from both its home-grown far right and the immigrant community, the interior minister says.

Thomas de Maiziere speaks days after protesters in Berlin burned Israeli flags to protest the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

“Every criminal act motivated by anti-Semitism is one too many and a shame for our country,” de Maiziere, the caretaker minister since inconclusive September elections, tells the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

“Anti-Semitism must never again take hold in Germany,” he says, pointing to a rise of “derogatory remarks, inappropriate jokes and discriminatory behavior against our Jewish citizens.”

— AFP

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