The German government has condemned the anti-Jewish protests and attacks in the Muslim-majority Russian republic of Dagestan as “unspeakable and unacceptable.”
“What is important now is that those responsible are held accountable and that the Russian authorities guarantee the safety of the Jewish community,” a spokesman for the Foreign Office demanded in Berlin on Monday. He said the German government’s position was clear: “We resolutely fight every form of anti-Semitism and we stand by the Jewish community.”
According to the authorities, 20 people were injured and 60 detained on Sunday evening at the airport of Dagestan’s capital Makhachkala during attacks on the passengers of a plane landing from Israel.
The leadership in Dagestan has declared solidarity with the Palestinians because of the situation in the Middle East.
At the same time, the local authorities as well as Muslim and numerous other organizations criticized the violent protests.