Erdoğan partially responsible for anti-Semitic protests in Germany- German minister
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is partially responsible for the anti-Semitic protests taking place in Germany, Joachim Herrmann, the interior minister of the German state of Bavaria said.
"These protests are predominated not by the far right, but rather by those who are Muslim oriented and provoked by the brutal speeches of President Erdoğan and others who believe that clashes must spread to the German streets," Deutsche Welle cited Herrmann as telling German media on Monday.
Since the flare-up of clashes between Israel and Hamas on May 9, anti-Semitic protests have been held in front of synagogues in several German cities, with protesters chanting anti-Israeli slogans and burning Israeli flags since Tuesday.
Spreading anti-Semitism during the demonstrations is considered a crime, Hermann said, stressing that people with "fanatic intolerances" should be expelled from the country.
“If they do not own German citizenships or permanent residence permits and if the laws allow, these people should leave our country,” he said.
Wolfgang Schauble, the Speaker of the German Bundestag also stated that he was appalled by the anti-Semitic demonstrations, Deutsch Welle said.
“Our country protects the freedom of expression and people can criticise Israel's policies and protest against it, but that there is no justification for anti-Semitism, hatred and violence. We will not allow the conflict to be carried here at the expense of Jewish Germans,” Schauble said.
Israel and Hamas militants are trading air strikes after the Israeli military attacked Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, on May 9, and Turkey has been outspoken in its condemnation of Israel since then.
Calling Israel a “terrorist state,” Erdoğan has pushed for unity among Muslim countries against any attacks on the Palestinian people.