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“A small group of unlikely supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) — a party whose members have been accused of racism and downplaying the Nazis — has launched a new association. It’s called “Jews in the AfD.”
Just 19 members turned up to its launch event in the city of Wiesbaden last month, but the development has unsettled many in Germany’s Jewish community.
According to police statistics, anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise in Germany. One incident caught on camera late last year shows a German man shouting abuse at the owner of Feinberg’s, a well-known Jewish restaurant in the Berlin borough of Charlottenburg. The man rants “what do you want here? You belong in the gas chambers. Nobody wants you here with your stupid Jewish restaurants,” until a police officer shows up.
Mike Samuel Delberg, a restaurant regular and friend of the owner, posted the footage online to show others what he says he and other Jews have to put up with. Anti-Jewish aggression like this has become more brazen since the rise of the AfD, he says, so the very idea that fellow Jewish citizens would vote for the party is baffling.”
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