Important measures to counter anti-Semitism
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.