BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister has sharply condemned rising anti-Semitism at schools following a new case at an elementary school in Berlin.
Heiko Maas told daily Bild on Sunday that, “if a child is threatened in anti-Semitic ways, that’s shameful and unbearable. We have to counter any kind of anti-Semitism decisively.”
Daily paper Berliner Zeitung reported earlier this week that a Jewish girl was abused at a Berlin elementary school by Muslim immigrant children “because she doesn’t believe in Allah,” and that in the past she had also received death threats.
Anti-Semitic incidents at schools across Germany have risen in recent years and led to some Jewish students leaving public schools for private schools.
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Maas, who is currently on a visit to Israel, is known as a strong advocate of minority rights.