CBNNews.com - DUISBURG, Germany - During a massive anti-Israel demonstration last Saturday, German police confiscated Israeli flags from an apartment home.
An estimated 10,000 people took part in an anti-Israel demonstration, organized by an Islamic group called Milli Gorus.
During the event, German police stormed an apartment to seize Israeli flags, one hanging in a window and the other on the balcony. The crowd cheered as policemen removed the flags.
"Can anyone imagine the German police going into a private home to remove a Hamas flag?" Simon Wiesenthal Center's Jerusalem director, Dr. Efraim Zuroff asked in a statement.
"This type of response will only encourage more aggressive and violent behavior by anti-Israel demonstrators and send the message that in Germany, Jews and supporters of Israel do not enjoy the full protection of the law," the statement read.
Duisburg Police Chief Rolf Cebin responded to Dr. Zuroff's statement on the police Web site.
"I deeply regret that feelings, especially those of our Jewish fellow citizens, were hurt," Chief Cebin wrote.
"The removal of the flags was, as we see it today, the wrong decision," he said.
"The situation was very heated and the officers wanted to avert harm to the participants, including the residents of the apartment. They acted with the best of intentions in a tricky situation, under considerable time pressure, in order, from their point of view, to prevent an escalation," the statement read.
Meanwhile, Jerusalem Post correspondent Benjamin Weinthal reports that anti-Semitic violence is on the rise in Germany.
On Wednesday, an Arab man, angry about Israel's operation against the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip, attacked a policeman guarding a synagogue in Berlin.
The Jewish community center in Rostock has been vandalized by anti-Semitic graffiti and its windows smashed.
Source: The Jerusalem Post