The Central Council of Jews in Germany (German name: Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland) is a federation of German Jews organizing many Jewish organisations in Germany. It was founded on July 19, 1950, as a response to the increasing isolation of German Jews by the international Jewish community and increasing interest in Jewish affairs by the German government. The Zentralrat is the German affiliate of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). It publishes the weekly newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine.
The Council supports the banning of the NPD (National Democratic Party Germany). Quote from the president of the Council, Josef Schuster: "The NPD wants to abolish our democracy and create a folkish state where there is no more place for minorities".
The Council, together with Christian and Muslims organisations, founded the project "Weißt du, wer ich bin?" (Do you know who I am?) The project aims "to strengthen the help for refugees and advance integration."
The Council signed the "Respect for core values in the election campaign" statement of the Netz gegen Rassismus (Internet against racism) network. The signatories agreed to condemn "racism and right-wing extremism" as they "are a danger to the free development of one's personality and societal cohesion." The signatories also support equal rights for everyone, and "demand formative politics which constructivly deal with the challenges of immigration and encourage cohesion in a diverse society."
The head of Germany's Central Council of Jews says that anti-Semitism is growing in the country [...] He also called out the nationalist Alternative for Germany, which he said tolerates Holocaust deniers in their party and does not distance itself clearly from anti-Semitic sentiment.
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