Apr 25, 2018

Germany's Jews urged not to wear kippahs

The leader of Germany's Jewish community has advised Jews to avoid wearing traditional skullcaps (kippahs) following anti-Semitic attacks.

Josef Schuster, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told Berlin public radio that Jews should exercise caution in big cities.

His comments come ahead of a "Berlin Wears Kippah" solidarity march in the German capital on Wednesday.

He also stressed that if Germans refused to stand up to anti-Semitism "our democracy would be at risk".

Last week, two young men wearing kippahs were assaulted in the city and the attacker was filmed shouting anti-Semitic abuse.

Jewish organisations in Germany have expressed alarm over a number of recent anti-Semitic insults and threats in schools.

At the weekend, Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned what she described as "another form of anti-Semitism".

She told Israel's Channel 10 TV network that aside from anti-Semitism by right-wing groups, similar threats were coming from some Muslim refugees in the country.

Separately, the head of Germany's Central Council of Muslims condemned recent anti-Semitic attacks.

(BBC News)