BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people took part in a march against anti-Semitism in Berlin on Sunday, as anti-Jewish incidents have increased in Germany following the Hamas attack on Israel two months ago.
Police estimated that about 3,200 people braved the rain and participated in the march in the German capital, while organizers estimated there were about 10,000, the German news agency dpa reported.
The march, under the motto “’Never again’ is now” moved to the Brandenburg Gate.
A group that monitors anti-Semitism in Germany said in late November that it had documented a sharp increase in anti-Semitic incidents since the Hamas attack: a total of 994, a 320% increase from the same period a year earlier.
The leader of Germany’s Jewish community, Josef Schuster, said that “anti-Semitism is a common practice in German society” and called for solidarity with Israel and the local Jewish community.
German Labor Minister Hubertus Heil declared that too many people are silent on the issue. “We don’t need a decent and silent majority, what we need is a clear and loud majority” that rises now and not later.
The event had wide support, including from the head of the German parliament and the mayor of Berlin.
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