Germany: 40 Jewish Groups Demand That All NGOs Pledge to “Fight Anti-Semitism”
NEARLY 40 Jewish organizations in Germany have called on the government to confront anti-Semitism.
The open letter, which was signed Monday by the groups as the Jewish Forum for Democracy and Anti-Semitism, calls for Germany to adhere to the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance’s definition of anti-Semitism and to take seriously the experiences of attack victims. It also calls for recognition that anti-Semitism is an “an attack on the inviolability of human dignity and on the foundations of the entire liberal democratic community.”
“Anti-Semitism cannot be successfully fought as a mere subcategory of racism,” the statement says. “Anti-Semitism, racism and Islamophobia cannot be equated.”
The statement, written in German, also says that civil and religious groups that have requested or already receive public funding should only receive the funds if they have publicly distanced themselves from all forms of anti-Semitism, including Muslim organizations.
The German government has not publicly responded to the letter, according to the Deutsch Welle news service.
On Friday, the German government increased state benefits for the Central Council of Jews in Germany for the first time since 2011 while noting “the rise in anti-Semitism in our society.”
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Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency