Children should be taken away from anti-Semitic parents, says German police union chief
Children should be taken away from anti-Semitic parents, a police official in Germany has said.
Rainer Wendt, the head of the country’s second largest policing union, says children should be removed from homes if their parents are found to be anti-Semites.
He made his comments in response to recent reports of verbal abuse and threats targeted at Jewish children in German schools.
“Authorities need to act decisively [against anti-Semitism] including when the aggression comes from migrants,” Mr Wendt told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper, The Local reported.
Mr Wendt, the head of the German Police Union (DPolG), said: “If children are raised to become anti-Semites we shouldn’t be afraid to take them away from their families.
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Mr Wendt has been head of the union, which has almost 100,000 members, since 2007, and is known for his hardline approach to crime.
It was reported last week that a Jewish girl at a primary school in Berlin was told by a Muslim pupil that she deserved to be killed because of her religion.
In a separate incident, it was reported that a Jewish teenager changed schools after classmates threatened him with a fake gun.
Mr Wendt said school officials are ignoring the problem, saying: “They act according to the mantra ‘it doesn’t exist in my school’.
“There has also been a tendency not to willingly register anti-Semitism by Muslims – but it needs to be recorded without prejudice so that we can develop effective counter-strategies.”
Last week, Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, called for changes in the way anti-Semitism is reported in schools.