Charlotte Knobloch, former chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told Muenchner Merkur on Saturday that, after a series of anti-Semitic incidents, young Jews are considering leaving Germany.
"The constant anti-Semitic incidents are particularly worrying for young people who are starting families or starting careers. They wonder if they want to continue living here," added Knobloch, pointing out that they were thinking of emigrating to Israel or "another European country".
88-year-old Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor, said anti-Semitism was not invented in Germany. "He was never defeated, that is clear. But I did not believe that he would reappear in such a form and that hatred of the Jewish people and the State of Israel would be shouted at demonstrations to the applause of the audience," she said.
In mid-May, pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Berlin, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Mannheim and Stuttgart led, among other things, to riots and open hatred of Jews.
The data show that anti-Semitism in Germany is on the rise. In 2020, the police recorded the most anti-Semitic attacks since 2001, when statistics began to be compiled. 2,275 violations of the law last year amounted to an average of six anti-Semitic crimes a day. (PAP)