Germany’s Schäuble condemns anti-Semitism at pro-Palestinian protests

Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble on Monday condemned the “unbearable” anti-Semitism on display at many pro-Palestinian protests in Germany over the weekend.

Israel’s politics can be “sharply criticized,” but “there is no justification for anti-Semitism, hatred and violence,” Schäuble told Bild, adding that violence ought to be punished with “the full force of the law” and that Germany needed to provide “the greatest possible protection for Jewish communities and institutions.”

His comments come after attacks on synagogues and anti-Semitic incidents at several German demonstrations meant to show solidarity with Palestinians in the wake of escalating violence between Israel and Gaza. While many protested peacefully, some burnt Israeli flags and shouted anti-Semitic slogans.

“Whoever does not clearly distance themselves in their protest when Israel’s right to exist is attacked is complicit,” Schäuble said.

Senior figures across Germany’s political landscape — among them Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer as well as opposition leaders — have similarly condemned the surge in anti-Semitic incidents and attacks in recent days.



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