The fact that no Jewish expert was appointed is "an unprecedented scandal," Julius Schoeps, founding director of the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies in Potsdam, said in the statement.
The Interior Ministry established the commission in August 2009 with rotating membership following a Bundestag resolution the previous year.
The new set of eight experts, including scholars and educators, met for the first time on Jan. 19.
Schoeps, the only Jewish member of the original panel, said the parliament and interior minister should have to explain why they apparently did not consider it valuable this time to include experts and advisers of Jewish background, or representatives from Jewish organizations and communities.
"No one would ever propose setting up a conference on hatred of Islam without Muslims, or a roundtable on discrimination against women with no woman present," Anetta Kahane, head of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation
Kahane is joining with Schoeps and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Berlin, under its director, Deidre Berger, to form their own Expert Commission on Anti-Semitism, with both Jewish and non-Jewish experts from Germany and elsewhere.