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The eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt will require people to confirm in writing “that they recognize Israel’s right to exist and condemn any efforts directed against the existence of the state of Israel” if they want to be naturalized, German media reported.
The decree in Sankosia-Anhalt, where a far-right German extremist killed two people in a synagogue in 2019, has already been sent to all municipalities and obliges authorities to scrutinize whether a candidate exhibits anti-Semitic attitudes. Tamara Cissang, the province’s interior minister, called on Germany’s other 15 states to do the same.
People involved in activities directed against the liberal democratic order in Germany should not be granted citizenship, and denying Israel’s right to exist is already considered part of these activities.
Germany considers Israel’s security fundamental, nearly 80 years after the massacre of 6 million European Jews in the Holocaust, for which the Nazi regime bears responsibility. As German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in 2005 that Israel’s security was fundamental to the country and a principle considered inalienable in the interests of the state.
Attacks on synagogue and Jewish cemetery in Germany, two killed