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Germany vows ‘zero tolerance’ for ‘anti-Semitic’ attacks amid Israeli-Palestinian tensions — RT World News From “RT World News”



Germany will tolerate no attacks against “people of Jewish faith” on its territory over the events unfolding in the Middle East, Berlin has said following attacks on synagogues amid the ongoing standoff between Tel Aviv and Gaza.

“We do not want to and will not tolerate the hatred of Jews – regardless by whom – in our country,” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Bild on Thursday, commenting on a series of attacks targeting synagogues in several German cities.“Nothing justifies the threat to Jews in Germany or attacks on synagogues in German cities,” the president said. Earlier this week, Germany saw a string of attacks on the Jewish prayer houses that sparked outrage among Jews, Christians and German officials.

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On Tuesday evening, an Israeli flag was burned in front of a synagogue in the western German city of Munster. In another western city, Bonn, an entrance to a synagogue was pelted by stones. The police arrested suspected perpetrators in both cases. Some of those detained told the police their actions were provoked by the “current conflict in Israel.”In Dusseldorf, unidentified individuals lit a fire on a memorial stone marking a place where a synagogue was once built. Steinmeier believes those behind the attack seek to mask their hatred and anti-Semitism behind a right to protest.Anyone who burns flags with the Star of David on our streets and shouts anti-Semitic slogans is not only abusing the freedom to demonstrate, but also committing crimes that must be prosecuted.The German government also slammed the attacks, adding that they have nothing to do with a legitimate right to protest.“Anyone who protests in front of a synagogue, who attacks a synagogue, who damages Jewish symbols, shows that he is interested not in criticizing a state or the politics of a government, but in aggression and hatred against a religion and against those who belong to it. And we oppose this with all the might of our democratic constitutional state,” a government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told a press conference on Friday.He also said that Chancellor Angela Merkel condemns the rocket attacks launched by the Palestinian Hamas militants against Israel. “There is no justification for this violence. Israel has the right to defend itself against these attacks,” he said.German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht called the attacks on synagogues “a disgrace”, adding that “perpetrators must be identified and held accountable.” Earlier, Israeli ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff called on Berlin to act. He said that Tel Aviv is very concerned about the rise of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, adding that the conflict in the Middle East has nothing to do with the local Jewish communities.Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that “there can be zero tolerance for attacks on synagogues in our country,” adding that the authorities “must guarantee the security of the synagogues without any ifs or buts.”

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He also called on both sides to immediately cease hostilities and come to a “two-state solution” through negotiations. The minister also rejected the idea of imposing sanctions against any side. “In such a situation, punishments don’t help,” he said.Maas also laid the blame for the ongoing escalation on the Palestinian Hamas militants by saying that “the most recent escalation was deliberately brought about” by the group.The developments came amid an ongoing violent standoff between Israel and the Palestinian militants in Gaza. The conflict was sparked by tensions in East Jerusalem over an Israeli court’s decision to evict several Palestinian families from a neighborhood close to the Old City.The tensions first spiraled into a wave of Arab-Israeli street violence and rioting in several cities with mixed Arab-Israeli populations, including Jerusalem. It was followed by a massive rocket attack launched by Hamas. Around 2,000 rockets have been launched from Gaza into southern and central Israel since Monday, the Israel Defense Forces said.Some of the rockets were destroyed by the Israeli Iron Dome air defense system but others hit various Israeli areas and claimed the lives of nine people, according to local media reports. Israel responded by launching a massive airstrike against Gaza that resulted in the deaths of at least 119 Palestinians, including 27 children, according to local health officials.

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Germany relaxes quarantine rules for travelers from popular tourist spots as Covid-19 infection rate declines — RT World News From “RT World News”



Germany will allow people coming from nations such as Spain and Italy to present a proof of vaccination status or negative Covid-19 test if they want to skip quarantine on arrival.

From Thursday onwards, people coming from around 100 countries can avoid quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated at least 15 days before their trip, or have tested negative for the virus. A PCR test must be taken no more than 72 hours before travel, or a rapid antigen test no more than 48 hours before travel.Travelers must be vaccinated with one of four EU-approved vaccines: Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson.People over the age of 28 can also skip quarantine if they have been diagnosed with Covid-19 within the past six months and have recovered. The quarantine requirement has also been lifted for those frequently traveling across the border for work.According to the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland news website, the rules apply to popular tourist destination spots such as Spain, Italy, Greece, and Austria. Travelers from neighboring France, which is listed by Germany as a nation with a “particularly high risk of infection” still have to quarantine on arrival.

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The seven-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has been steadily decreasing in Germany. On Thursday, the Robert Koch Institute reported 17,419 new cases, which is roughly 4,500 cases lower than was recorded a week ago.The positive dynamic was noted by Health Minister Jens Spahn, who said last week that the third wave of the infections in Germany appeared to have been “broken.”Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Germany maps path to reaching 'net zero' emissions by 2045 From “World”




The German government has adopted an ambitious plan to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2045







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Covid-19: Germany OKs J&J, AstraZeneca jabs for all adults From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



BERLIN: Germany is making the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine available to all adults as it did with the AstraZeneca vaccine, though the bulk of the expected deliveries is still some way off. Germany has recommended the AstraZeneca shot mainly for over-60s because of a rare type of blood clot seen in an extremely small number of recipients. But amid a push to get as many people inoculated as possible, the government decided to allow doctors’ offices to vaccinate any adults with it — putting aside a priority system under which the oldest and most vulnerable have been vaccinated first. Health Minister Jens Spahn said authorities decided Monday to take the same approach with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, about which there are similar concerns. He estimated that 5 to 6 million over-60s in Germany still need to be vaccinated and that should be concluded by early June. Spahn said the largest deliveries from Johnson & Johnson, more than 10 million doses, are expected in June or July. Germany has now given nearly one-third of the population at least one vaccine shot.







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Covid-19 pandemic: Sex workers in Germany ‘at risk’ From “BBC News – World”



Sex workers in Germany have told the BBC that a countrywide ban on the industry has forced many into poverty and danger. Sex work is usually legal – and regulated – in the country, but the government has closed brothels and banned the sale of sex as part of Covid-19 restrictions. Many workers told BBC correspondent Jenny Hill they’ve no choice but to flout the ban.







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Germany commemorates icon of resistance to Nazism From “World”



Germany  is commemorating the 100th birthday of Sophie Scholl, a young woman who became an icon for her role in the anti-fascist ‘White Rose’ resistance group







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Fully vaccinated enjoy new freedoms in Germany From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



BERLIN: People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are exempt from many restrictions in Germany from Sunday after the government passed new legislation to restore some freedoms. Curfews and limits on social contacts no longer apply to those fully vaccinated — more than seven million people — or recovered from a Covid infection under the new rules. They will also no longer have to present a negative test result to access certain services such as hairdressers and “click and meet” shopping appointments. If returning to Germany from abroad, they will not be required to quarantine unless arriving from a country deemed high risk due to virus variants. However, they will still be required to adhere to social distancing and hygiene measures such as wearing masks in shops and on public transport. Announcing the measures this week, Justice Minster Christine Lambrecht said there needed to be a “good reason” for any restrictions on public life. “As soon as this reason ceases to exist… these restrictions should then no longer be in place,” she said. In a poll for the RTL broadcaster, 64 percent of Germans said they were in favour of Germany going further and reopening hotels, restaurants, theatres and cinemas for vaccinated people. Berlin’s mayor Michael Mueller admitted that it was going to be “damn difficult to check” whether people were exempt from the rules or not. Mueller advised people to carry proof of vaccination with them until the arrival of the EU’s planned digital vaccination passports. Under national measures introduced in April, areas of Germany with an incidence rate of more than 100 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days must introduce strict shutdown measures, including contact restrictions and overnight curfews. But areas with incidence rates under 100 are allowed to open shops, restaurants, cinemas and other facilities to anyone who can provide a negative test. With infection numbers sinking, many states are eyeing reopening various facilities in the coming weeks. Bavaria is planning to open restaurants, theatres, cinemas and beer gardens from Monday in areas with incidence rates under 100, and will allow hotels, holiday homes and campsites to open from May 21. Health Minister Jens Spahn on Friday said Germany appeared to have broken the third wave but warned that reopening too quickly “would only help the virus”. “In this phase of the pandemic, it is really a matter of not gambling away what has been achieved,” he said.







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Germany to give $662 million to Holocaust survivors struggling during the coronavirus pandemic : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 78%. (I’m a bot)Germany plans to pay more than half a billion dollars to Holocaust survivors who are struggling to get by during the coronavirus pandemic.The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the organization that negotiates compensation with the German government, said Wednesday that $662 million in COVID-19 relief aid will be divided among about 240,000 of the poorest Holocaust survivors.The organization said that the most recent negotiations with Germany also resulted in a $36 million increase in funding for social welfare services for survivors compared to last year, for a total of $651 million.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: survivor#1 Conference#2 Claims#3 pandemic#4 funds#5







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Student who stood up to Hitler and inspires Germany From “BBC News – World”



Germany marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sophie Scholl, who was killed defying the Nazis.







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Germany appears to have ‘broken’ 3rd wave of Covid, says health minister, as 900k vaccine shots administered in one day — RT World News From “RT World News”



Germany’s health minister has suggested that country has beaten the third wave of Covid-19, which prompted authorities to bring in new restrictions on social distancing, as the pace of vaccinations increases.

Speaking on Friday, Health Minister Jens Spahn told a regular weekly news briefing that social distancing measures and inoculations had contributed to falling rates of Covid-19 around the country. “The trend has been confirmed. The third wave seems broken,” the minister stated. Spahn insisted that government would not act hastily and that the risk of a resurgent virus was still very real. The minister noted that any socializing is best conducted outdoors, and that the country needs to continue high-volume testing.He called on Germans to hold out until the end of May, noting “now it’s a matter of holding out for a few more weeks, maybe a few months. That would make a crucial difference.” 

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The head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases, Lothar Wieler, who accompanied Spahn, said that the infection rate was lowering. RKI states that the seven-day incidence rate is 125.7 cases per 100,000 people, down from the previous week. On April 29, the incident rate stood at 155 per 100,000 people. The pace of vaccinations has picked up in the nation of 83 million people. On Thursday, 900,000 people received a shot, with 31.5% of the population now having received at least one dose. In an attempt to accelerate the program further, Spahn announced on Thursday that the AstraZeneca shot could now be given to all adults, marking a U-turn on a previous decision to limit its use amid fears the jab could cause blood clots in young people.“A million AstraZeneca will be delivered to general practitioners next week alone. It is better to be vaccinated with it than not at all,” Spahn stated.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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