German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has condemned the anti-Semitic slogans at rallies in German cities held against Israel's Gaza offensive.
Such remarks were an "attack on freedom and tolerance, and the attempt to undermine our free and democratic basic order" she was quoted as saying on Wednesday. "This can not and will not be accepted."
At pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Berlin, Frankfurt and other cities slogans like "Jew, Jew, cowardly pigs - and come out to fight alone" were chanted. It is feared that there will be further abuse in the next few days in already authorized rallies. The police announced tougher action.
Merkel also insured: "We will continue to advocate for the safety of our Jewish citizens." She added: "The security authorities are taking every attack on Jewish institutions and against individuals very seriously. Anti-Semitic crimes are consistently pursued with all legal means."