German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, left, talk during a meeting of the German parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism Sunday to condemn hate speech and attacks against Jews that spiked amid the latest Gaza conflict.Germany's Jewish community in July, at the height of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, condemned an "explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews" at pro-Palestinian rallies.The WJC said it had chosen Berlin as the venue for the annual meeting, which runs Sunday to Tuesday, before the latest Gaza clashes, both to mark a "real Jewish renaissance in Germany" and to honour the country's consistent support for its ally Israel.Rabbi Daniel Alter, anti-Semitism officer of the Jewish Community in Berlin, cited a government-commissioned report from 2011 that found that about 25 percent of Germans have "latent anti-Semitic sentiment" on top of the five to 10 percent who openly voice anti-Jewish views.
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