War in the Middle East: Politicians call for tougher action against anti-Semites

In view of the relativization of the Hamas bloodbath in Israel by Palestinian supporters in Germany, politicians are calling for comprehensive and severe action against anti-Semitic agitators.

War in the Middle East: Politicians call for tougher action against anti-Semites

In view of the relativization of the Hamas bloodbath in Israel by Palestinian supporters in Germany, politicians are calling for comprehensive and severe action against anti-Semitic agitators. The Federal Government's Anti-Semitism Commissioner, Felix Klein, suggested that the criminal offense of incitement to hatred be made more stringent. The CDU vice-chairwoman Karin Prien said: "We have to take away their resonance rooms, close their mosques, their cafés and clubs and confiscate the money that would otherwise be used for terror in the world."

Klein explained in the newspapers of the Funke media group that the sedition paragraph should be applied in the future without the disturbance of public peace having to be determined, as was previously the case. In practice, there are often difficulties in applying the previous regulations. “In the past, there have been many discontinuations of investigations that were met with a lack of understanding among those affected and the public,” explained Klein. "This clarifying legal change should be made promptly so that we as a state can clearly show red lines - against any form of hatred and agitation on our streets."

Sedition is regulated in Section 130 of the Criminal Code. These include different types of acts. The most severely punished are punished with a prison sentence of at least three months and a maximum of five years. The prerequisite is always that the acts have a public impact or are aimed at minors.

Prien wants to tighten the legal consequences

Prien, who is spokeswoman for the CDU's Jewish Forum, wrote in an article for the "Bild" newspaper: "We have to make life as difficult as possible for radical Islamists." She further demanded that society must “discuss such new approaches and create the appropriate legal framework where necessary.” "In addition, the legal consequences of supporting terror and anti-Semitism must be tightened in all areas." She didn't get any more specific. “Our problem is that we cannot expel many perpetrators,” she said.

After the bloodbath of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas in Israel and in view of the Israeli counterattacks in the Gaza Strip, supporters of the Palestinians protested in many German cities over the weekend, in many places despite bans. In addition to the cry "God is big" and the slogan "Free Palestine", which was abused by Islamists, solidarity was also expressed with the Samidoun network, which had openly cheered the Hamas terror in Berlin and should be subject to a ban on its activities.

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