De Maiziere demands Jewish rights champion 

De Maiziere demands Jewish rights champion 
German home affairs minister has called for the creation of an anti-Semitism specialist to tackle increasing violence against Jews.
Thomas de Maiziere said “hatred towards Jews must never be allowed to take hold again in Germany”.
“Each crime motivated by anti-Semitism is one too many and shameful for our country,” de Maiziere told Bild am Sonntag.
The comments follow protests in front of the US Embassy in central Berlin and in the immigrant-heavy Neukölln neighbourhood.
He said disparaging remarks, inappropriate jokes and discriminatory behaviour against “our Jewish citizens” was on the rise.
Germany’s Central Council of Jews has repeatedly called for the authorities to appoint a commissioner to address rising anti-Semitism.
It said a dedicated department could record attacks and serve as a point of contact for victims.
Jews were increasingly worried about their safety in Germany, a report in April suggested.
Social media was a source of anti-Semitic hate, according to the study, which called for better detection and prosecution of anti-Semitic offences, counselling services and an anti-Semitism officer.
Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews, previously told Bild that there were parts of Germany where it was dangerous to be Jewish.
“In some districts in major cities, I’d advise people not to identify themselves as Jews,” Schuster said.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas demanded that lessons on the Holocaust be included in integration courses that teach German language and civics to migrants.
On Spiegel Online he argued that many immigrants “come from countries where powerful elites intentionally fuel hatred of Jews and Israel, and where anti-Semitism is practised almost as a matter of course”.
Maas said arrivals needed to understand “we fight against the anti-Semitism of the neo-Nazis and we will equally never tolerate an anti-Semitism imported by immigrants”.
This month homemade Israeli flags were burned during a protest against Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
It is illegal to burn flags and symbols of any foreign state that has been officially installed. Burning homemade or non-official flags is not illegal, although incitement to violence against Jews is against the law.
“We cannot tolerate it when a country’s flag is burned in public,” de Maiziere said. “It is the symbolic annihilation of a country’s right to exist.”
He said burning of homemade flags was comparable to burning official ones. “I consider the burning of imitation flags to also be a disruption of public security and order.”
Germany has an uncomfortable history of anti-Semitism. Picture credit: Wikimedia 

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