Friday, November 14, 2014

Germany Says "Hatred of Jews" on Rise in Europe; Soaring Israeli-Palestinian Conflicts Spark Hatred

Germany's foreign minister said at an international conference on anti-Semitism yesterday that "hatred of Jews" was on the rise once more in his country and across Europe, fueled by spiraling violence in the Middle East, the Religion News Service website reports today (November 14, 2014).

Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany's Jews were subjected to threats and attacks at pro-Palestinian demonstrations, and the conflict between Israel in Gaza must not be used as justification for anti-Semitic behavior.

"Bold and brutal anti-Semitism has shown its ugly face again," Steinmeier told an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) event.

Among the speakers was Karen Polak, from Amsterdam's Anne Frank House, who told delegates there had been "lots of outspoken violence against Jews who obviously have no responsibility for the policies of the state of Israel." Frank -- a Jewish girl who died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 -- wrote a posthumously published diary while in hiding that has helped teach post-war generations about the Holocaust -- the murder of six million Jews by Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany during World War II.

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