A high-profile Israeli Nazi hunter has called for more comprehensive education to battle anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia, after an attack outside a synagogue in Halle on Wednesday left two dead and two injured.
“We see a rise of right-wing extremism and rise of hate crime all over the world – the long-range solution is education,’’ said Efraim Zuroff, who heads the Jerusalem office of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
“There is some education, but it is not being applied as evenly and deeply as it should be,’’ Zuroff told dpa.
“I see some places that do a good job and others that don’t.’’
He noted that this is dependent on individual teachers and principals.
Zuroff also asserted that education on this subject is better in West Germany than in East Germany.
He said that the short-term solution is security and monitoring of social networks.
While praising the security in Germany, he said that lack of proper self-monitoring by social networks is a universal problem.
Referring to the fact that the attacker in Halle filmed and broadcast his actions on social media, Zuroff said “this is absolutely mad – the minute it comes up they have to get to the guy’’.
The video has since been deleted.
The rampage came amid heated public debate about the safety of Jews in Germany, following a string of anti-Semitic crimes in the country.
Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde