The Central Council of Jews in Germany threw its support Wednesday behind a proposal that requires refugees to visit concentration camps in order to combat anti-Semitism.
A German-Palestinian politician introduced the legislation that many Jewish leaders are backing, reported the Daily Mail. Sawsan Chebli, a Berlin Muslim state senator of German-Palestinian origin, believes visits to concentration camps should be part of integration courses that refugees must take when entering Germany. Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews, supported Chebi’s proposal on Deutschlandfunk radio.
“People who have fled to us who have themselves had to escape or been expelled, can develop empathy in such memorials,” said Schuster. The proposal comes after a video surfaced of refugees burning an Israeli flag in Berlin following Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Germany supported a U.N. vote condemning Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reported the Deutsche Welle.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is currently working on legislation that could potentially deport migrants that express anti-Semitic beliefs. Merkel is planning on presenting the bill Jan. 27 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
“Anyone who rejects Jewish life in Germany or questions Israel’s right to exist cannot have a place in our country,” says the bill.(RELATED: I’m A Jew. I Had No Idea I Would Be Spending Christmas Among Neo-Nazis)
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