Jewish groups in Germany are putting pressure on the authorities to eradicate all anti-Semitic acts after the burning of Jewish symbols and Israeli flags at protests, Reuters informs.
The American Jewish Committee Berlin, the JSUD group of Jewish university students, the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and the German-Israeli Society have urged for tougher law enforcement and for new laws that will make an easier path to banning or disbanding anti-Semitic demonstrations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other top German officials have all condemned the anti-Semitic acts at demonstrations against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem thus recognizing it as the capital of Israel, and vowed to prosecute illegal acts.
The American Jewish Committee Berlin revealed that a new study by an Indiana University professor showed deeper efforts were also needed in the fight against anti-Semitic attitudes among Muslim migrants from Syria and Iraq.
German has opened its borders to more than 1 million migrants mainly fleeing from the Middle East wars since 2015, sparking concerns about a further bump in already increasing anti-Semitism.
“Politicians must guarantee that anti-Semitic attitudes will not be tolerated and that infractions to laws and regulations will be prosecuted,” said the group’s director, Deidre Berger.