Changes in Germany’s citizenship exam to counter antisemitism

Israeli Diaspora Minister Amichai Chikli thanked German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser for changes made in the country’s citizenship exam in order to combat antisemitism.

In his letter, Chikli appreciated the requirements „for naturalization to affirm Israel’s right to exist and Jewish life in Germany” in order to „exclude antisemitic individuals from obtaining German citizenship,” reports The Jerusalem Post.

Chikli said that the changes validated the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, and was needed as antisemitic incidents rose in Germany since the October 7 Massacre.

„I commend the German government’s zero-tolerance policy towards antisemitism. This proactive stance not only sends a clear message against antisemitism, but also strengthens the effort to safeguard  Jewish communities from hate and hostility,” said Chikli.

The Diaspora Minister also proposed to meet with the German Interior Minister to discuss how they could combat antisemitism and explore the enforcement mechanisms for compliance with the counter-antisemitic citizenship process.