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Racism and anti-Semitism : former German President Wulff warns of racists in Parliament

The former Federal President Christian Wulff is concerned, "that racists in Germany are in the Parliament". Wulff stressed on Thursday evening in a conference on anti-Semitism as a challenge for Political education in Mainz on politicians statements about Boris Becker's son Noah and footballer Jerome Boateng. "In many Places today, things are said that would have been unthinkable years ago, that they said, let alone by parliamentarians of the German Bundestag would say."

from 2010 to 2012 acting head of state stressed that for the education about racism and anti-Semitism, not only teachers and educational institutions were responsible: "We are all responsible and no one is allowed to steal from this responsibility."

At the same time, Wulff pointed to anti-Jewish Statements from the ranks of Refugees from the Middle East. The Public can sometimes be a dangerous reluctance to refer to this as anti-Semitism. Also in dealing with refugees, the values of the German society was to be considered. To tolerate "anti-Semitism is not a sign of intercultural competence, but a lack of backbone."

The Wulff mentioned incidents related to two AfD-politician. In the year 2018 has been sent from the official Twitter account of the AfD in the Bundestag, Jens Maier a racist Tweet. In it, Noah Becker, son of tennis legend Boris Becker, because of his dark skin colour, racist insults. The AfD man claims not to have written the entry, but one of his employees, for the maintenance of the Accounts. The land court of Berlin obliged the politicians in a ruling in January to pay 15,000 euros for Pain and suffering to Becker. Maier's attorneys want to appeal against the judgment.

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In 2016, had taken care of the AfD-politician, Alexander Gauland, with a verbal assault on the German national player Jerome Boateng for severe criticism. "People see him as a football player. But you don't want to have a Boateng as neighbors," he said at the time, in an Interview with the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper". (CBA)

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