Career Diplomat Felix Klein Appointed as Germany’s First Federal Commissioner to Combat Antisemitism

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By Ben Cohen.. The German federal government has appointed career diplomat Felix Klein as its inaugural commissioner in a newly-created, high-profile post dedicated to combating antisemitism in the country. Klein’s appointment on Sunday (April 8, 2018) was welcomed by international Jewish organizations, who are familiar with him from his previous post as the head of the German delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and its special envoy for relations with Jewish organizations. [Photo top right: Demonstrators in Berlin brandish Turkish and Palestinian flags as they burn an Israeli flag. Photo: Jüdisches Forum für Demokratie und gegen Antisemitismus]. “Over the last four years, Dr Klein played a pivotal role in Germany’s efforts to combat antisemitism, drawing wide attention to the very real threats experienced by Jewish communities across Europe, to the dangers of far-right extremism, and to the importance of preserving the memory of the Holocaust,” World Jewish Congress Executive Vice President Robert Singer said in statement on Monday (April 9, 2018).

The statement pointed out that Klein had played a pivotal role in Germany’s adoption in November 2017 of the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism — which explicitly addresses the demonization of Israel and Zionism — setting an example for other European countries. Read the full story.



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