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Jewish Council advises against wearing kippas in major German cities

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Jewish Council advises against wearing kippas in major German cities
Central Jewish Council President advises Germany's Jews against wearing kippas in major cities. Photo: DPA
14:48 CEST+02:00
The recent attack on two men wearing kippas in Berlin has alarmed the Central Jewish Council. On Tuesday its President, Josef Schuster, advised Germany's Jews against wearing kippas in cities like Berlin or Munich.

"Confessing defiantly would in principle be the right way", Schuster told the radio program Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) on Tuesday. "Nevertheless, I would actually have to advise individuals not to openly wear a kippa in the metropolitan setting of Germany."

Schuster was responding to the case of an attack on a kippa wearer in Berlin last Tuesday, which caused fierce discussions about anti-Semitism in Germany.

Jewish people living in Germany's major cities should "wear a baseball cap or something else”, rather than the traditional Jewish head covering, Schuster suggested.

Schuster warned that if open anti-Semitism is not countered, then democracy in Germany is in danger.

"It is not just anti-Semitism, it is also racism and xenophobia. This requires a clear stop sign," he said.

Despite this warning, Schuster said in the lead-up to Wednesday’s “Berlin wears kippas” solidarity rally that he believes "the majority of society has understood that we have also reached a certain turning point” concerning the place of anti-Jewish sentiments in German society.

Last Tuesday, two men aged 21 and 24 who were wearing kippas were attacked by an Arabic-speaking man on a street in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg. One of them was beaten with a belt and slightly injured. 

The following Thursday, Berlin police reported that a 19-year-old suspect turned himself in to the police for the crime.

Read More: ‘Verbal attacks have become part of everyday Jewish life in Germany'

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joel schnee - 25 Apr 2018 09:29
we are in the 21 century and not berlin 1933. our government should get to the core of why one can not openly wear symbols of our belief. this is a free country to choose and practice our religions. if our guests from the middle east or the far right germans can not live together with all people who make up this country they should leave either willingly or directly by the government. jews and all religions are protected by german law. let us see it inforced. as well as getting to the core of these problem and solve now with actions of the law.
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