Important measures to counter anti-Semitism

Report on the recommendations of the Independent Panel on anti-Semitism Important measures to counter anti-Semitism

Fighting anti-Semitism is a permanent duty for the political level and for society as a whole. This is the conclusion reached by the German government in its report on the implementation status and the assessment of the recommendations for action made by the Independent Panel on anti-Semitism.

A menorah stands on a table.

The German government wants to mainstream the fight against anti-Semitism as a cross-cutting issue in all policy fields.

Photo: Judith Affolter

The German government shares the view of the Panel’s experts that fighting anti-Semitism is, and will remain, a permanent duty for the political level and for society as a whole. The report now adopted documents the many and varied measures taken by the government to date to combat anti-Semitism.

The German government has already implemented key demands of the Independent Panel on anti-Semitism, including the appointment of a Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against anti-Semitism and the establishment of a committee that brings together federal and state governments.

Academics and representatives of civil society organisations involved in researching and preventing anti-Semitism sit on the Independent Panel on anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitism is a cross-cutting issue

The German government’s goal is to mainstream the fight against anti-Semitism as a cross-cutting issue in all policy areas, and to hone the awareness of the general public.

The murderous attack in Halle on 9 October 2019, fuelled by anti-Semitic motives, illustrated with dreadful clarity just how important this is. But this is also currently demonstrated by the anti-Semitic conspiracy myths and hate speech seen in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Second meeting of the Cabinet Committee for the fight against racism and right-wing extremism

The adoption of the report on the implementation status and the assessment of the recommendations for action made by the Independent Panel on anti-Semitism on Wednesday, coincided with the second meeting of the Cabinet Committee for the fight against racism and right-wing extremism. The report and the work of the Cabinet Committee are mutually reinforcing and underline the commitment of the German government in the field of anti-Semitism.

In 2018, the overwhelming majority of the German Bundestag condemned anti-Semitism. Members of the German Bundestag called on the government, among other things, to present a regular report on the status of combating anti-Semitism in Germany.