December 31, 2020

Germany sees rise of antisemitism in schools, watchdog warns

The German government's antisemitism commissioner, Felix Klein, said Wednesday he is concerned about daily evidence of antisemitic behavior in the country's school, according to Rheinische Post newspaper.

"It is alarming that the exclamation 'You Jew' as a swear word has found widespread use in German schoolyards," Klein warned, according to remarks carried by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa). He suggested that teachers should seek dialogue both with families and with their religious leaders, noting that nobody is born an antisemite.

Earlier this year, Klein had called for schools to be obliged to keep track of and report antisemitic incidents.

antisemitic crimes have increased steadily in Germany in recent years with 2,032 antisemitic offenses recorded in 2019, up 13% from the previous year.

Last year, a suspected neo-Nazi gunman tried to storm a synagogue filled with worshippers in the city of Halle in one of the worst acts of antisemitic violence in the country's post-war history.

After failing to break down the door, he shot dead a female passerby and a man at a kebab shop instead.

"We know how quickly words can become actions, as the attack on the synagogue in Halle on Yom Kippur last year alone showed in a particularly terrible way," Merkel said at the ceremony.

Source: dailysabah
Photo: AFP