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Berlin - German Lawmakers Vote To Install Anti-Semitism Commissioner

Published on: January 18, 2018 06:00 PM
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FILE - A man wearing a kippah waits for the start of an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Placard reads ' Never again'.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter FILE - A man wearing a kippah waits for the start of an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Placard reads ' Never again'.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Berlin - German lawmakers have voted to install a commissioner who would coordinate government activities against anti-Semitism.

The lower house approved by a wide majority Thursday a motion proposed by four of the six parliamentary groups to install the official, who would be chosen by independent experts. The center-left Social Democrats called for the commissioner to be installed at the chancellery.

The decision follows a recommendation by a panel of experts and comes amid concern over anti-Semitic incidents during recent pro-Palestinian protests.

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Volker Kauder, the parliamentary leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union bloc, told lawmakers that far-right motives are behind the bulk of anti-Semitic crimes but there’s been a rising number of acts by migrants. He said “we must not allow either of these things.”



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