Germany cannot accept any more anti-Semitic refugees, the CDU leader said
Germany must take “clear” measures to combat anti-Semitism, the leader of the country’s largest opposition party said on Sunday.
Friedrich Merz of the center-right Christian Democratic Union party called for an end to all anti-Israel activities in Germany. “Put an end.”
“Talking is no longer useful” Merz He said In his series of posts on X (formerly known as Twitter) he also called “conclusive decisions” What must be taken to address this issue. The list of measures proposed by the opposition leader includes linking the ability to obtain German citizenship to a commitment to respect Israel’s sovereignty.
“Naturalization in Germany must be linked to a clear commitment to freedom of religion and beliefs as well as to the right of the State of Israel to exist.” He said. The CDU leader also said that every pupil should be obliged to visit the concentration camp museum before graduation and no one should be able to skip such events.
His comments came amid a war between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian armed group that de facto controls the Gaza Strip. Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and taking about 240 hostage. Israel responded with heavy bombardment of Gaza and a ground operation. The ongoing hostilities have claimed the lives of more than 11,000 Palestinians, according to local health officials.
Israel’s response sparked condemnation across the Muslim world and beyond, with some European countries, including Germany, witnessing huge pro-Palestinian demonstrations. Some of these protests turned into violence. On October 19, one such unauthorized clarification The violence in Berlin resulted in 174 people being arrested and 65 police officers injured.
Speaking just two days after that demonstration, Merz called on the government to take tougher measures.
“Germany cannot accept any more refugees” he Tell Swiss newspaper NZZ added at the time “We have enough anti-Semitic young people in the country.”
The politician also said that Germans were rightly concerned about the influx of new arrivals from Muslim countries, as was already the case ‘There is no shortage of warnings’ In recent years it has been so “Politicians ignored it.” He stressed that not all Muslims should be considered dangerous but called on those who… “Do not abide by the rules of coexistence.” A must face “A clear response.”
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