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Haaretz: Far-right German Leader After Election Surge: Jews Have Nothing to Fear
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Haaretz: Far-right German Leader After Election Surge: Jews Have Nothing to Fear

A top official with the far-right Alternative for Germany says Jews have nothing to fear from his party's third-place election finish that took it into parliament.

The comments Monday from co-leader Alexander Gauland came after several major Jewish groups expressed dismay and concern Sunday about the strong showing of Alternative for Germany, or AfD.

The Anti-Defamation League also called the AfD result a "disturbing milestone," saying "its leaders have made antisemitic statements and played down the evil of the Nazi regime."

Gauland told reporters, however, "there is nothing in our party, in our program, that could disturb the Jewish people who live here in Germany."

He added that he hadn't met with Jewish leaders, but was "ready at any time" to do so.

International and domestic Jewish groups on Sunday expressed alarm at the far-right AfD's success in Germany's parliamentary election, with the European Jewish Congress urging other parties not to form an alliance with the AfD.

"We trust that centrist parties in the Bundestag will ensure that the AfD has no representation in the coming governing coalition," the EJC said.

"Some of the positions it has espoused during the election campaign display alarming levels of intolerance not seen in Germany for many decades and which are, of course, of great concerns to German and European Jews." 

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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