Germany is putting 170 anti-bullying experts in schools to counter a rise in anti-Semitism.

Schools especially in Berlin are among those that have seen incidents of anti-Semitic bullying recently among pupils.

Franziska Giffey, the German family minister, told the Rheinische Post: “Anti-Semitism in schools is a big problem. We need to take religious bullying in classrooms and school playgrounds very seriously, regardless of who the bullies are.

“In school, children must learn respect and how to live together peacefully, that is the foundation of a peaceful society.”

She added: “In the coming school year, as a first step, we will send 170 anti-bullying experts into selected schools in Germany, funded by the federal authorities.”