AfD’s Jews say German far-right party isn’t anti-Semitic

Politicians and Jewish organizations have condemned a new Jewish group affiliated with the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD).

The group, Juden in der AfD (“Jews in the AfD,” or JAfD), is preparing for a launch event on October 7 in the city of Offenbach, in spite of a number of scandals in which prominent AfD figures questioned Germany’s remembrance culture about the Holocaust. In June, co-leader Alexander Gauland dismissed the Nazi era as a “speck of bird shit in over 1,000 years of successful German history.”