World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald Lauder noted that “the German government has demonstrated admirable commitment to combating anti-Semitism, including the appointment of Ambassador Felix Klein as the first federal government commissioner working on behalf of the Jewish community.”
“Nevertheless, it is clear that concerted efforts are needed across the board to arrest the steady rise in violent incidents and harassment and ensure that German Jews continue to feel secure and valued as all German citizens deserve,” he stated.
“The WJC stands ready to assist our community in Germany, as well as all levels of government, to work toward implementing the necessary steps to quell anti-Semitism across the country,” Lauder said.
Germany’s population of 82.8 million includes only about 200,000 Jews. Berlin has the biggest concentration with about 40,000.
In one of the latest attacks, an Israeli philosophy professor who teaches in the US was assaulted in the German city of Bonn in July by a 20-year-old German whom local media described as having “Palestinian roots.”
President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and WJC Vice President Josef Schuster has called for the implementation of an effective, nationwide system to report anti-Semitism with a suitable threshold to be used when evaluating suspected cases.