German foreign minister condemns reported anti-Semitic insult to musician – Reuters

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends a joint press conference at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany September 10, 2021. Jens Schlueter/Pool via REUTERSBERLIN, Oct 6 (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday he was surprised by an anti-Semitic insult a Jewish musician stated he had suffered at a hotel in Leipzig and that such behaviour had no location in Germany.In a case that has struck nationwide headlines, Gil Ofarim, 39, published a video on social networks on Tuesday night accusing the Westin Leipzig hotel, in eastern Germany, of denying him service since he was using a Star of David necklace.The hotel stated in a declaration it was worried and alarmed about the incident and had suspended two workers.” I am stunned by the anti-Semitic insult that the artist Gil Ofarim received,” stated Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday evening, according the text of a speech.” Many Jews in our country are exposed to this anti-Semitism every day. Leipzig is not a case on its own,” he stated, adding Germans had to counter any and every type of anti-Semitism.” Anti-Semitism has no location in our nation.” In Ofarims post which appeared to show him outside the hotel, the musician explained how he was told to eliminate his Star of David pendant if he wished to be served in a long check-in queue, and stated: “I am speechless, I dont know what to say.” An authorities spokesperson in Leipzig said the description of the occasions by among the hotel staff members varied from the artists account and that he had actually filed a disparagement complaint.Several hundred people, some covered in the Israeli flag, gathered outside the hotel late on Tuesday to protest versus anti-Semitism. Political leaders have actually cautioned that anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise in Germany. The concern stays highly sensitive more than 70 years after completion of the Nazi Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews were killed.Maas said Germany was spending more than 1 billion euros in the next four years on dealing with conservative radicalism, racism and anti-Semitism. “We need to not avert if someone undergoes an anti-Semitic insult,” he said.Reporting by Madeline Chambers
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