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German Jewish leader: Don’t be intimidated by anti-Semitic protests

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Germany’s main Jewish leader called on Jews not to be intimidated by a recent spate of anti-Israel demonstrations featuring violently anti-Jewish slogans.

With protests against Israel occurring daily throughout the country, Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in a letter to community members and leaders that he could understand their concerns for their safety.

“More solidarity from the German non-Jewish society would be very nice, of course, and more than appropriate,” he wrote. “But we won’t let ourselves be intimidated.”

He noted that the wave of anti-Semitism has roots far deeper than the current situation in the Middle East.

“After all, what does it have to do with Gaza when synagogues here are vandalized and attacked, when Jews are threatened and when completely unbridled masses on the streets shout that the Jews should be ‘gassed,’ ‘burned’ and ‘slaughtered’?”

On July 21, several hundred protesters rallied near the Israeli Embassy in Berlin.

On July 19, police in Berlin managed to prevent a physical attack against an Israeli couple by demonstrators who were shouting “S—- Jews, we’ll get you!” and “Israel: Nazi murderer.”

On July 18, the AJC in Berlin filed charges with police after an observer reported marchers chanting “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come on out and fight.” Two days later in Hanover, pro-Israel demonstrators were violently attacked after unfurling an Israeli flag. — jta


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