Serhat TUNAR -TDO- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated that urgent measures should be taken against rising antisemitism, otherwise Jews could leave Germany to a mass extent.
Writing for Der Spiegel magazine on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, Maas said anti-Jewish insults and attacks have become a daily occurrence, in real life or online settings.
Maas explained that almost one in two Jewish citizens is thought to have left Germany, which has suffered for too long, to confront its Nazi past.
Heiko Maas wrote: "We have to take urgent measures to ensure that such thoughts do not turn into bitter facts and will not lead to the mass departure of Jews from Germany."
Germany will make efforts to aggravate the legal consequences of anti-Semitic actions, he said, adding that more countries within the European Union would make Holocaust denial a crime.
Currently, Holocaust denial is criminalized in many countries in the European Union, including Germany, Belgium and Italy.