German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday condemned the angry antisemitic demonstrations that broke out in various cities in her country in recent days following President Donald Trump’s announcement of US recognition of Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital.
Merkel spoke out in the wake of widespread shock in Germany over the brazenly antisemitic character of the string of incidents, which also took place in other major cities around the world.
“On Friday, we saw severe disturbances with the burning of Israeli flags and Stars of David, ” Merkel said.
The chancellor said that her ruling CDU Party “condemns these violations of the rule of law. We condemn all kinds of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, and no disagreements, not even over the status of Jerusalem, justify such actions. The government must fight all such incidents with full force.”
Merkel’s comments followed an earlier comment by a government spokesman who spoke of feeling “ashamed” by the anti-Israel rallies.
“At certain rallies over the weekend, slogans were chanted, Israeli flags were burned and slander against the State of Israel and Jews in general were spread which were shameful,” Steffen Seibert said on Monday. “One has to be ashamed when hatred of Jews is put on display so openly on the streets of German cities.”
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