German Jewish Community Angered as National anti-Semitism Commission Excludes Jews

The German government created the panel to fight anti-Semitism and support Jewish life.

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Protesters rally in Berlin against anti-Semitism on September 14, 2014.
Protesters rally in Berlin against anti-Semitism on September 14, 2014.Credit: Reuters

Leading Jewish groups have slammed the German government for creating a new commission on anti-Semitism without including a single Jew.

Julius Schoeps from the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies on Tuesday called it "a unique scandal" that the Interior Ministry did not include any Jewish scientists or community leaders on the commission it created to fight anti-Semitism and support Jewish life in Germany.

Anetta Kahane from the Amadeu Antonio Foundation against anti-Semitism says: "Nobody would even think of creating a conference on hatred of Islam without Muslims or a round table on the discrimination of women without women."

They announced the creation of an alternative commission that will stress the Jewish perspective.

Germany's Interior Ministry had no immediate comment on the criticism.

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