Thousands in Berlin Demonstrate Against Antisemitism

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
December 10, 2023Germany
Thousands in Berlin Demonstrate Against Antisemitism
Participants in a demonstration protest against antisemitism under the slogan "Germany stands up—Never again is now!" in Berlin on Dec. 10, 2023. (Carsten Koall/dpa via AP)

BERLIN—Several thousand people demonstrated in Berlin against antisemitism on Sunday as Germany grapples with a large increase in anti-Jewish incidents following the Hamas terrorist group’s attack on Israel two months ago.

Police estimated that around 3,200 people gathered in the rain in the German capital, while organizers put the figure at 10,000, German news agency dpa reported. Participants in the protest, titled “Never again is now,” marched to the Brandenburg Gate.

A group tracking antisemitism in Germany said in late November that it had documented a drastic increase in antisemitic incidents in the month after Hamas’s attack—a total of 994, an increase of 320 percent compared with the same period a year earlier.

Germany’s main Jewish leader, Josef Schuster, said that “antisemitism is common practice in Germany in the middle of society,” and called for solidarity with Israel and with Jewish life in Germany.

Germany’s labor minister, Hubertus Heil, said that many decent people are too quiet on the issue. “We don’t need a decent, silent majority—we need a clear and loud majority that stands up now, and not later,” he said.

The event had wide support, with the speaker of the German parliament and Berlin’s mayor also among its backers.

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