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German Jewish group condemns ‘strongly rooted’ extremism

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Josef Schuster, new President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany attends a press conference following his election in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany, on November 30, 2014. Schuster was elected to succeed Dieter Grauman as President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLAND

Germany’s Central Council of Jews says the attack on a kosher restaurant in Chemnitz by masked neo-Nazis shows problems in the region are deeper than simply concerns over new migrants.

Council president Josef Schuster said Sunday it’s time to “call the problem by its name.”

He says the events of the last two weeks show “how strongly rooted right-wing extremism is in the region,” adding that “attempts at appeasement and a lack of distancing from the right-populists play exactly into the hands of these forces.”

The attackers injured the owner of the Shalom restaurant, shouting “Jewish pig, get out of Germany,” on the sidelines of an Aug. 27 far-right protest sparked by the killing of a 35-year-old German man.

The police arrested two asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq on suspicion of murdering the German man while conducting a search for the third suspect.

German media reported Saturday that German authorities are investigating the anti-Semitic attack on the Jewish-owned restaurant that took place in the eastern city of Chemnitz.