>> A Jewish group are throwing their support behind Germany's far right political party. Leaders of the AfD have belittled the significance of the Nazis and criticized Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial. But that hasn't stopped a number of Jewish people from setting up their own political group, Jews for the AfD.
At the inaugural ceremony, the party said it was a political organization, not a religious one.>> In today's meeting, we defined that there must be two requirements to join. The first is AfD membership, and the second is ethnic or religious affiliation to Judaism.>> Germany's AfD entered Parliament for the first time last year.
It drew support from voters angry with the government's decision in 2015 to welcome almost a million mainly Muslim asylum seekers. The party's success caused alarm amongst Israeli officials and Jewish groups worldwide. But Jews for the AfD says the far right party is the most pro Israel party in Germany, one which supports Israel's right to have all of Jerusalem as its capital, something Palestinians contest.
Members of the new party quashed any suggestion they're Nazi Jews.>> And I tell people, you are talking to a Jewish German person whose father lost more than 50 people in Nazi death camps. You should be a little bit more intelligent not to talk such nonsense.>> But others are more skeptical of the new group.
>> I think there are some who think, the AfD is a party that today mainly campaigns against or targets refugees, migrants, Muslims. But I think it's completely wrong to put Muslims under general suspicion. And the mathematical formula, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, does not work.
>> Germany's home to around 200,000 Jews. Reported anti-Semitic crimes rose 4% in the first eight months of 2017, most of them linked to far right extremism.