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December 25, 2018 11:18 am

Germany Creates Antisemitism Reporting Center

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks at pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during a visit to the Hall of Names in the Holocaust History Museum at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem on October 4, 2018. Photo: Debbie Hill/Pool via REUTERS. – Germany will launch an online platform in February for victims to report antisemitic incidents, announced its commissioner for Jewish affairs on Thursday.

“We cannot leave fighting antisemitism in this country to the Jews,” stated Felix Klein.

Operated by the federal Research and Information Center for Antisemitism, this reporting mechanism will document antisemitic attacks even if they’re not prosecutable crimes.

“Every antisemite in this country has a problem with our democracy and with our civil-law state … that affects all of us in this country,” said Klein.

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The operation will receive $278,320 in seed money and will be funded long-term by the German Ministry for Family Affairs.

Some 1,075 crimes antisemitic crimes were recorded in Germany in the first nine months of 2018.

“Jewish life is blossoming again in Germany—an unexpected gift to us after the Shoah,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month. “But we are also witnessing a worrying antisemitism that threatens Jewish life in our country.”

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