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Germany creates anti-Semitism reporting center

“We cannot leave fighting anti-Semitism in this country to the Jews,” stated the country’s new commissioner for Jewish affairs Felix Klein.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Hall of Names during her visit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Oct. 4, 2018. Credit: Oren Ben Hakoon/POOL.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Hall of Names during her visit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Oct. 4, 2018. Credit: Oren Ben Hakoon/POOL.

Germany will launch an online platform in February for victims to report anti-Semitic incidents, announced its commissioner for Jewish affairs on Thursday.

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

Operated by the federal Research and Information Center for Anti-Semitism, this reporting mechanism will document anti-Semitic attacks even if they’re not prosecutable crimes.

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

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 anti-Semitic 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 anti-Semitism that threatens Jewish life in our country.”

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