BERLIN - An American Jewish group is applauding German police for taking former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke into custody before he could address a far-right gathering.
Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said on Wednesday that the move "sends an important signal that firm action against those who advocate hate must remain central to Germany's moral and legal agenda."
Cologne police say Duke, 61, was taken into custody Friday before his speech for breaking a travel ban to many European nations including Germany.
They say the U.S. resident was forced to leave the country and that they do not know where he is now.
Duke's website called the incident "thuggish communist-style oppression to suppress the right-wing."
Meanwhile, a Jewish group in Germany says it has reached an agreement that will see Berlin double its funding to the Jewish community to 10 million euros starting in 2012.
Central Council of Jews president Dieter Graumann said on Wednesday that the increase recognizes the community's work to integrate new immigrants, educate religious leaders and work with the young people.
The nation's Jewish population has grown five times since German reunification, with some 250,000 now living here, according to the council.
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