Josef Schuster: “Every fifth German has anti-Jewish prejudices

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The president of the Central Council of Jews complains about the high spread of anti-Jewish resentment. Conspiracy myths in connection with the Corona pandemic posed additional dangers.

The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, has deplored the continuing high spread of anti-Semitism in this country. “One in five Germans has anti-Jewish resentments and harbors anti-Jewish prejudices,” Schuster told the portal web.de News on Saturday. This number has remained constant for years.

In view of this situation, Schuster advised caution when showing Jewish symbols in public. “Already five years ago, I warned especially Jewish youths to walk through the streets in some areas with a kippah, for example. I recommended that they rather put a baseball cap over it,” said the President of the Central Council. Unfortunately, the recommendation is still valid.

Regarding anti-Semitic crimes, Schuster said that by far the majority of these acts were politically right-wing motivated. “But every case is one case too many,” said Schuster. Regardless of whether the perpetrator comes from the left, from the right or from another extremist milieu, he emphasized. Additional dangers are currently being created by conspiracy myths in connection with the Corona pandemic.

AFP.

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