German Chancellor Angela Merkel will inaugurate a museum exhibition, Art of the Holocaust, this week and thus took the time afforded in her weekly video podcast to address concerns of rising anti-semitism in Germany.

The following is a portion of Times of Israel article written by the AFP and TOI Staff.


"In late November Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, expressed concern that many asylum seekers coming into the country come from cultures 'in which hostility toward Israel and antisemitism are a common practice.' Merkel said these concerns must be taken 'seriously.' 

Some 1.1 million asylum seekers entered Germany in 2015, many of them fleeing war or persecution in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan.

'We must take care, specifically also in youth [from] countries where hatred of Israel and Jews is widespread,' she insisted, without mentioning specific countries or refugees.

'We can try to reason [with them] again and again but it should also be clear: [Anti-Semitism] has no place in our society…we must simply put clear limits,' she said."


Read the original article here.

Read the transcript of Merkel's 23 January 2016 video podcast here.