German FM: Refugees Must Reject anti-Semitism

'Anti-Semitism is against our constitution, against our civilization — against everything we believe in and everything we have learned,' says Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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A child stands next to a Germany flag as protesting migrants stage a sit in protest on the railway tracks at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
A child stands next to a Germany flag as protesting migrants stage a sit in protest on the railway tracks at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.Credit: AP
The Associated Press

Germany's foreign minister says refugees who find shelter in his country must reject anti-Semitism.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Tuesday that whoever comes to Germany has to accept that "anti-Semitism is against our constitution, against our civilization — against everything we believe in and everything we have learned."

Germany has been debating how to integrate more than 1 million asylum-seekers who arrived last year, most of them Muslims from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The country has also seen a recent rise in nationalism, partly driven by groups who dispute Germany's sole responsibility for the historical crimes of the Nazis.

Steinmeier told a conference on anti-Semitism in Berlin that "there is and can be no place for anti-Semitism in our understanding of a free, democratic and tolerant Germany."

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