US, Germany Launch New Initiative to Fight Antisemitism

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In the face of a precipitous rise in antisemitism, the US and Germany on Thursday launched a new initiative to fight it.

The AP reports that the US-Germany Holocaust Dialogue was prompted by the need to educate people, especially the young, about the Holocaust and its lessons for fighting today’s antisemitism.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and several Holocaust survivors attended the launch of the initiative at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.

Blinken, whose stepfather is a Holocaust survivor, said, “Holocaust denial and other forms of antisemitism often go hand in hand with homophobia, xenophobia, racism, other hatred.”

"It's also a rallying cry for those who seek to tear down our democracies, which we've seen in both our countries, (and) often a precursor to violence,” he added.

Maas said, “In recent years, we have seen antisemitism and racism eating into our society. Just think of the Yellow Star badge as seen at demonstrations against COVID measures, of the torrent of antisemitic conspiracy theories on the Internet, of the attacks on synagogues and on Jewish people living in our countries.”

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