German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attended an event in Berlin to honor Israel’s 70th anniversary and condemned the latest anti-Semitic incidents in the country.

Heiko Maas

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has called the latest anti-Semitic incidents in Germany “a disgrace” and called to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Speaking on Thursday at an event in Berlin in honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary, Maas said, “As long as Jewish schools and synagogues in Germany need to be guarded, as long as youth are being attacked on the street for wearing a kippah, as long as German music awards are given to anti-Semitic provocateurs – it’s a disgrace.”

In his third example, Maas was referring to Tuesday’s violent attack of an Israeli man by a Muslim refugee in Berlin. The victim, 21-year-old Adam Armush, is an Israeli Arab who wore the kippah as an experiment after a Jewish friend told him it felt dangerous to wear Jewish symbols in the city.

“The relations with Israel are a wonderful gift to the Germans,” Mass added. “Sometimes I feel as if Germans aren’t worthy of it.”