Germany blasts Mark Zuckerberg on Holocaust denial

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the F8 Facebook Developers conference in San Jose, Calif., May 1, 2018. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the F8 Facebook Developers conference in San Jose, Calif., May 1, 2018. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The German government issued a withering critique of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement that he would not remove Holocaust denial posts from the widely used social platform, stating that such a policy was contrary to German law.

“There must be no place for anti-Semitism. This includes verbal and physical attacks on Jews as well as the denial of the Holocaust,” Justice Minister Katarina Barley said. “The latter is also punishable by us and will be strictly prosecuted.” [Read more…]

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Jewish professor describes being beaten by a Palestinian and German police

Yitzhak Melamed teaches philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. (Screenshot from YouTube)
Yitzhak Melamed teaches philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Yitzhak Melamed teaches philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. (Screenshot from YouTube)

(JTA) – A Jewish professor visiting Germany described being assaulted in a Bonn park – first by a Palestinian who said “I f*** Jews,” then by police who slammed him to the ground and punched him in the face.

Yitzhak Melamed, who teaches philosophy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in a lengthy Facebook post published Friday accused the police of brutality, then of whitewashing their conduct and falsely blaming him for provoking the assault. Police subsequently apprehended the assailant. [Read more…]

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Jewish professor assaulted by Palestinian, then tackled by police in Germany

(JTA) – German police officers wrestled to the ground and arrested a 50-year-old visiting professor wearing a kippah after he was assaulted in a Bonn park allegedly by a 20-year-old man with Palestinian roots.

The incident Wednesday is believed to be an anti-Semitic assault, according to the DPA news agency. Police apologized for what they said was a mix-up. The alleged assailant was taken to a psychiatric institution for observation and released shortly after the incident pending criminal charges, RP Online reported. [Read more…]

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Germany increases funding for Holocaust survivors

Holocaust survivor Roman Kent tells his story to German State Secretary Dr. Rolf Bösing and visitors to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (Courtesy of Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany)
Holocaust survivor Roman Kent tells his story to German State Secretary Dr. Rolf Bösing and visitors to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (Courtesy of Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany)

Holocaust survivor Roman Kent tells his story to German State Secretary Rolf Bösing and visitors to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (Courtesy of Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany)

(JTA) – Germany has agreed to increase its funding for social welfare services for Holocaust survivors by $88 million US.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany in its announcement Tuesday said the increase brings global allocations by Germany for 2019 to $564 million US. [Read more…]

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Nearly 40 Jewish groups in Germany call on government to confront anti-Semitism

(JTA) – Nearly 40 Jewish organizations in Germany have called on the government to confront anti-Semitism following a series of anti-Jewish attacks in the country.

The open letter, which was signed Monday by the groups as the Jewish Forum for Democracy and Anti-Semitism, calls for Germany to adhere to the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance’s definition of anti-Semitism and to take seriously the experiences of attack victims. It also calls for recognition that anti-Semitism is an “an attack on the inviolability of human dignity and on the foundations of the entire liberal democratic community.” [Read more…]

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