The President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Ronald Lauder, has demanded that the federal government tighten legislation in the fight against anti-Semitism. "I expect that Germany has correct laws that stop hate speech," he told the German Press Agency on the sidelines of a meeting of the interior ministers of the G6 states in Munich. In addition to Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Great Britain are represented there. Even US politicians should participate.
Lauder also condemned radical right-wing demonstrations such as those in Chemnitz and Dortmund and, in his view, the premature release of a man who had attacked visitors to a Berlin synagogue with a knife. "If he had not come to a synagogue but to a church, I do not think he would have been released immediately," Lauder criticized.
Already on Monday, Lauder had called on the federal government to sanction anti-Semitic crimes harder and to ban parties that "support neo-Nazi ideology." He also criticized growing anti-Semitism in Germany. 75 years after Auschwitz, the old hatred of the Jews again raised its head, said Lauder at the awarding of the Theodor Herzl Prize to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). Merkel had been honored by the WJC for her commitment to Jewish life in Germany and security in Israel.
WJC: 27 percent of Germans harbor anti-Semitic thoughts
Most recently, the Jewish World Congress, which represents Jewish communities and organizations in 100 countries, has published a representative survey on anti-Semitism in Germany. The study found that 27 percent of all Germans and 18 percent of an elite categorized population had anti-Semitic thoughts. 41 percent of Germans are therefore of the opinion that Jews talked too much about the Holocaust.
Only on Monday afternoon was a 70-year-old in Berlin insulted and insulted anti-Semitic. According to the police, the man went for a walk in Pankov district when a stranger cursed him. When the man verbally fought off the insults, the stranger beat him and injured his head and chin. In an attempt to defend himself against the blows, the 70-year-old lost his balance and crashed. A passer-by prompted the attacker to flee. The police state protection at the State Criminal Police Office took over the investigation.
The interior ministers of the federal and state governments had passed a ten-point paper against right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism following the assassination of a suspected right-wing extremist perpetrator on a synagogue in Halle. It provides, for example, better protection of Jewish institutions, tightening of arms legislation and more prevention. In addition, the Federal Government had initiated its own measures. The Cabinet decided on a concept for the fight against right-wing extremism.