After protests and online outrage, Germany has withdrawn their advice for Jews to “not wear a kippa” publicly for their own “safety.”
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin voiced shock and outrage at Germany’s advice and said it was a “capitulation to anti-Semitism” and evidence that “Jews are unsafe in Germany.”
After Angela Merkel’s spokesperson intervened, Felix Klein, the country’s commissioner on anti-Semitism, who had issued the advice, withdrew his advice.
Steffen Seibert, the spokesperson of Angela Merkel said: “I call on all citizens of Berlin and across Germany to wear the kippa next Saturday if there are new, intolerable attacks targeting Israel and Jews on the occasion of al-Quds day in Berlin.”
Al-Quds is an annual event against Israeli control of Jerusalem and will take place on Saturday.
Germany claims that 9 out of 10 cases of anti-Semitism was to be blamed on Far-Right extremists, however, the number might not be accurate, as the German police do register any anti-Semitic attack, where the suspect is not apprehended as “Far-Right.”
So it is unclear how big of a role the Far-Right plays in the anti-Semitic attacks.
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