Germany Adds Jews to anti-Semitism Commission Following Criticism

Commission created to investigate German anti-Semitism over the next two years, will present its findings to Parliament as basis for discussion on how to tackle problems.

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People hold Israeli flags as they gather for an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014.Credit: Reuters
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Germany's Interior Ministry says it has appointed two Jews to a new commission on anti-Semitism in response to criticism that there was none among the original eight experts chosen.

The ministry said Thursday that Marina Chernivsky, of a Berlin-based organization that fights anti-Semitism and xenophobia, and Andreas Nachama, director of the Topography of Terror museum in the capital that documents Nazi-era crimes, would both join the commission.

When created earlier this year the commission drew widespread criticism for not including any Jews; the Interior Ministry responded that the religious affiliation of the experts hadn't been a criterion in the selection process.

The commission will investigate anti-Semitism in Germany over the next two years and present its findings to Parliament as a basis for a discussion on how to tackle problems.

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