A Jewish leader in Germany is relocating to Israel because of increasing anti-Semitism.
Semen Gorelik who fled from the Soviet Union when he was young is calling on other German Jews to follow his lead.
In a public letter on The Axis of Good website, Mr. Gorelik announced: “I recommend everyone who professes Judaism to leave this country as soon as possible.”
He wrote of Germany: “With its anti-Jewish foreign and domestic policies, the country has proven that anti-Semitism is an inseparable part of the state political ideology of this country. You can’t live in this country as a Jew! And I don’t want to live in this country anymore.”
“I don’t want to live in a country where, as a Jew, I have to hide everywhere and at all times. I don’t want to live in a country where half the population sees our Israeli flag as a provocation.”
Acts against Jews have surged by almost 30% in the past year according to Rabbi Abraham Cooper from Jewish human rights organisation The Simon Wiesenthal Center.
He told CBN News: “The German authorities seem to have no answer, really, for dealing with anti-Semitism on their own soil. You see Jews beaten up in the streets of Berlin again.”
Rabbi Cooper says many modern Europeans are branding the Jewish state as akin to Nazi Germany.
“150 million Europeans believe what the Nazis did to the Jews is what the Jews are doing to the Palestinians. That is a monstrous lie,” he explained.
“The mistaken belief that Israelis are the new Nazis is “a red light that says there’s something wrong, something’s broken,” Rabbi Cooper warned.
He said Germany has a historical responsibility not to cause harm to the Jewish people.