Angela Merkel Calls on Germans to Oppose anti-Semitism

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks towards the stage during the 2014 NATO Summit in Newport, Wales. September 4, 2014.Credit: AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the country's citizens to attend a rally against anti-Semitism next week in Berlin where she will speak.

Merkel said Saturday she will do everything possible to make sure anti-Semitism has no chance in Germany.

Her remarks came after recent protests in Germany against the Gaza war turned anti-Semitic, with synagogues and Jews being attacked and demonstrators chanting for Jews to be gassed.

Merkel said making Jews feel safe remains a top priority for Germany 75 years after it attacked Poland in the run-up to World War II and the killing of six million Jews. She expressed worries that Jewish institutions need police protection.

Merkel said "we need to resolutely pursue every sign of anti-Semitism."

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