Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor was awarded with Israel’s highest civilian honour, the Israeli Presidential Medal of Distinction on 25 February 2014 in Jerusalem by President Shimon Peres. She was awarded with this medal for her unwavering commitment to the security of Israel along with her fight against anti-Semitism and racism in particular through education.
Angela Merkel was awarded with the Medal of Distinction by Israeli President, Shimon Peres. At the time of the award ceremony, Merkel was on a 24-hour long visit to Israel with 16 ministers from her cabinet.
Israel’s Presidential medal is given every year by the President to a person for his/her extraordinary contribution to the country.
What is anti-Semitism?
Anti-Semitism is a hostile belief or behavior towards Jews as a religious or racial group and the term was coined in 1879 by the German agitator, Wilhelm Marr to designate the anti-Jewish campaigns underway in central Europe at that time. The person who holds the position of ant-Semitism is known as anti-Semite.