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Germany to Condition Foreign Aid on Combating Antisemitism

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a session at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, September 12, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke. – Germany will not back organizations that operate abroad unless they commit to fighting antisemitism, the country’s first antisemitism commissioner announced on Thursday.

Dr. Felix Klein, who took up his newly created post in the federal Interior Ministry in May, said organizations will have to enter into binding contracts to fight antisemitism.

Such contracts will state that if an organization is found to have been promoting antisemitic activity, or if it fails to act to ensure that its funding does not support such activity, it will be denied further funding.

In response to an Israel Hayom query, Klein said the new policy will extend to German-funded projects in Palestinian cities and “all over the world.”

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Klein said that he would also push for the amendment of Germany’s anti-discrimination law to ensure that foreign entities would not be allowed to show bias against Israelis on Germany territory.

He was alluding to a recent case in which Kuwait Airways refused to let an Israeli board a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok. A lawsuit filed against the carrier in Germany was dismissed by the court, which said the case did not violate the current language of the law.

Klein also unveiled a new center to allow German citizens to report antisemitic incidents. Such a center already operates in Berlin, but the new one, which will have an online reporting mechanism, is slated to have offices nationwide.

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