After multiple anti-Israeli protests, German authorities will now have arriving refugees “firmly reminded” of “Germany’s responsibility to the Jewish state” due to the Holocaust. Anti-Israel/US rallies, and the sight of both flags being burned on the streets of Berlim, have resulted in German politician’s taking action; prompting them to ban them from rallies to prevent flag burning. “All people who live in Germany must understand its historical responsibility to Israel,” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.
“This responsibility does not end for the people who were born after the Holocaust and has no exceptions for the immigrants,” he said, adding that it’s “not a subject to discussion for anyone living in Germany or willing to live there.” Justice Minister Heiko Maas said that the issue of the Holocaust “should be a central part of the German integration courses for refugees and migrants. I believe it is absolutely necessary to make Holocaust and its significance for our society a central topic in our integration courses,” Maas said.
“Lessons learnt from the Holocaust must become the key message of those courses,” he added. The minister pointed out that German authorities “would not tolerate any form of anti-Semitism, including that brought to Germany by refugees and migrants from the Middle East.
Racism has no place in Germany, so everyone who wants to stay in Germany for the long term needs to be clear that we fight the Neo-Nazis’ anti-Semitism and we won’t tolerate any imported anti-Semitism from immigrants either,” Maas said.
“Those who call for ‘death to Jews’ should not be allowed to take to the streets but should be taken to court instead,” he added.