EJC says latest rise in rise of far-Right incidents in Germany should raise alarm around the world

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(Tuesday, May 4, 2021) – The European Jewish Congress expresses alarm at the latest figures released by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer which show that the number of crimes committed by far-Right extremists in Germany rose last year to its highest level since WWII.

“These figures demonstrate that far-Right and neo-Nazi ideologies are no longer on the fringes but is growing, and it is not remaining behind screens but is manifesting itself in violence and bloodshed,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said.

“This is a wake-up call, not just for Germany, but for the whole world. These figures should ring alarm bells, because we are seeing similar trends across the Western world.”

“We can no longer think that it is a few ‘lone wolves’ and sporadic attacks, but a growing movement that needs to be combatted and suppressed before it grows into something even more threatening.”

According to Minister Seehofer, German police recorded 23,604 crimes of a far-right nature last year in Germany, a jump of over five percent on the previous year, and the highest figure since records began in 2001.

“Right-wing extremism remains the biggest threat to our country,” said Minister Seehofer as he presented the figures at a press conference.