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UPDATED: 08:26, August 31, 2006
German Jewish leader, chancellor meet over alleged anti-Semitism
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The leader of Germany's Jewish community talked with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday after accusing a German minister of anti-Semitism acts, local reports said.

Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Central Council of German Jews, accused Development Aid Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul of anti-Semitism as he called for a UN probe into Israel's use of cluster bombs in military strikes on Lebanese and Hezbollah targets.

Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor, has repeatedly complained about what she called a growing "anti-mood against Israel and the Jews" in Germany, according to a Deutsche Presse-Agentur report.

She also blamed German politicians for supporting such views and singled out Wieczeorek-Zeul and Left Party leader Oskar Lafontaine in her comments to Der Spiegel magazine's online edition.

"These people support the anti-mood against Jews in Germany," she said.

In response, Merkel said the views expressed by her minister on Israel and cluster bombs were private opinions.

The number of Jews in Germany increased to about 110,000, up from 30,000 in 1989, mainly due to immigration of Jews from eastern Europe.

Source: Xinhua

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