On the 75th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, the German Bundestag committed itself to fighting antisemitism in Germany, including CDU Leader Friedrich Merz.
Speakers from all factions congratulated Israel, and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Israeli Ambassador to Germany, Ron Prosor, also listened to the debate.
“Unfortunately, antisemitism is rampant in Germany, especially from the right,” said the CDU Leader Friedrich Merz.
“But antisemitism should never again be allowed in Germany – “regardless of which direction,” said Merz. He must be fought, even if he comes from the left, from art or from Muslims.
More than 2,600 anti-Semitic crimes with 88 violent crimes in Germany last year were “unbearable,” said the deputy SPD parliamentary group leader Gabriela Heinrich. It must be the task of politics “that Jews can feel safe in our country”.
Antisemitic crimes are a “sad reality” in Germany, said the parliamentary group leader of the Left Party, Dietmar Bartsch.