Merkel to rally fight against anti-Semitism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish leaders will speak Sunday at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism after the latest Gaza conflict sparked an upsurge in hate speech against Jews. The event, to be attended by German President Joachim Gauck, coincides with a meeting in the capital of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), whose president Ronald S. Lauder is among the speakers. It comes 75 years after the outbreak of World War II, during which Nazi Germany murdered six million Jews, a crime that remains a source of enduring shame in the country. Germany’s Jewish community in July, at the height of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, condemned an “explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews” at pro-Palestinian rallies where some demonstrators chanted that Jews should be “gassed”.

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