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Anti-Semitism: Federal states want to combat criminal offenses more precisely


Recently there have been repeated anti-Semitic attacks in Germany: Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia now want to record such attacks more precisely. Another advance is directed against imperial flags.

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The recording of anti-Semitic crimes is to be improved.

Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia want to campaign for this from Wednesday at the Conference of Interior Ministers.

The North Rhine-Westphalian head of department Herbert Reul (CDU) told the "Welt": "Right-wing extremists, left-wing extremists or imported from abroad - anti-Semitism has different facets." That would also have happened at the Gelsenkirchen synagogue, where there had been anti-Semitic riots in May , clearly shown again.

"In order to take targeted action against the various forms of anti-Semitism, we need a precise and differentiated analysis," says Reul.

The two federal states justify the necessity in a resolution proposal according to "Welt" with the fact that "a differentiated and holistic representation of anti-Semitism in the criminal police reporting service politically motivated crime is not guaranteed".

The Conference of Interior Ministers should advocate that "a generalized and standardized assignment to the phenomenon of politically motivated crime on the right is not given."

The interior ministers want to take uniform action against the showing of the imperial and war flags from the imperial and Nazi era in public.

The so-called model decree for police and regulatory authorities is now available.

"We have thus found a solution for a nationwide uniform approach," the chairman of the conference of interior ministers, Baden-Württemberg's head of department Thomas Strobl (CDU), told the dpa news agency.

Flags are used in a targeted manner in the right-hand scene

The flags came into the public eye when corona deniers, Reich citizens and right-wing extremists tried to storm the Reichstag building with black, white and red striped Reich flags in Berlin in August 2020.

In the opinion of the interior ministers, the flags are increasingly used by right-wing extremist groups as a symbol and substitute for the banned swastika flag.

With the decree, the authorities would have a framework to "consistently take action against the misuse of imperial flags, imperial war flags and other symbols, especially by members of the right-wing extremist scene," explained Strobl.

jok / dpa

Source: spiegel

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