Status: 05.12.2023, 15:57 PM
The Israeli flag is waving in the wind. © Hendrik Schmidt/dpa/Symbolbild
From now on, applicants for naturalization in Saxony-Anhalt are to make a commitment to Israel's right to exist. This was stipulated by the Ministry of the Interior in a decree to the districts and independent cities at the end of November, as Minister Tamara Zieschang (CDU) said on Tuesday in Magdeburg.
Magdeburg - The right of the Israeli state to exist is Germany's raison d'être, according to the decree, which is available to the German Press Agency. "Obtaining German citizenship requires a commitment to Israel's right to exist." Applicants must therefore confirm in writing immediately before naturalization "that they recognize Israel's right to exist and condemn any efforts directed against the existence of the State of Israel."
In the case of naturalizations, attention should be paid to "whether there are indications that anti-Semitic attitudes are present," said Zieschang. The letter to the municipalities states that naturalization is excluded if foreigners pursue efforts that are directed against the free democratic basic order. This included anti-Semitic crimes or the denial of Israel's right to exist.
In the decree, the municipalities are recommended to have a concrete wording for the commitment. If the applicants refuse to make a declaration, the naturalization certificate may not be handed over. This was to be noted in the file and the naturalization application was to be rejected, it said.
Zieschang had already expressed solidarity with the state at the beginning of October, immediately after the attack on Israel by the Islamist Hamas. "Israel's right to exist is and remains Germany's raison d'être. This also applies to the protection of our Jewish fellow citizens in the country." dpa