Germany: As coronavirus cases increase, so does anti-Semitism

German anti-Semitism commissioner says right-wing extremists using coronavirus crisis to spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Marcy Oster/JTA ,

Police guard synagogue in Germany
Police guard synagogue in Germany

Germany has seen an increase of anti-Semitism along with the rise in coronavirus cases, the country’s anti-Semitism commissioner said.

“There are direct links between the current spread of the coronavirus and that of anti-Semitism,” Felix Klein said Tuesday in Berlin, the AFP news agency reported. “In recent weeks, right-wing radicals have increasingly tried to leverage the coronavirus crisis for their own ends.”

Klein described one current pandemic conspiracy theory which states that the coronavirus is a failed bioweapon set loose by the Mossad, Israel’s secret service.

He was in the German capital for the launch of a government research project involving several German universities to better understand the causes and manifestations of anti-Semitism.