German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denounced the burning of Israeli flags by some 2,500 demonstrators who marched through Berlin’s Neukölln district and burned Israeli national flags to protest President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as reported by the Berliner Zeitung.
“We oppose all forms of anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” Merkel announced following a meeting of senior members of her Christian Democratic Union party in Berlin. She added that “the state has to use all available legal measures” to combat anti-Semitic actions.
A Merkel government spokesperson said that “it’s shameful when such open hatred of Jews is on display on the streets of German cities,” adding, “Our laws on freedom of expression and assembly guarantee everyone a right to peaceful protest, but this right is no free pass for anti-Semitic atrocities, for incitement and violence.”
Police arrested 10 demonstrators at the Sunday rally in Berlin and are investigating 12 more for disturbing the peace and desecrating the flag of a foreign state.