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German Jews Fear Rising Anti-Semitism

German and Israeli flags flying over Germany (Photo: flickr/israel-mfa)

With the influx of Middle-Eastern refugees Europe is facing, anti-Semitism across the continent is also on the rise. Yediot Achronot reports that nowhere is concern higher than in Germany:

Jews across Germany are hiding their identity when volunteering at refugee shelters for fear of reprisals, adding another layer of complexity to a social, economic and logistical challenge that is stretching the fabric of German society.

“Among the refugees, there are a great many people who grew up with hostility toward Israel and conflate these prejudices with hatred toward Jews in general,” Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews, told Reuters in an interview conducted in October.

Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed last week that anti-Semitic attitudes among some young people arriving from countries where “hatred toward Israel and Jews is commonplace” needed to be dealt with.

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