A prime official in Germany warned that it could possibly be harmful for Jews to put on kippahs, or conventional skullcaps, in public amid an increase in anti-Semitic crime.
“I cannot advise to Jews that they wear the kippah at all times everywhere in Germany,” Felix Klein, Germany’s commissioner on anti-Semitism, mentioned in an interview revealed Saturday by the Funke newspaper group.
“The internet and social media have largely contributed to this, but so have constant attacks against our culture of remembrance,” Klein mentioned, including that police and academics ought to be higher skilled to acknowledge what constitutes “clearly defined” unacceptable conduct.
He didn’t specify the place and at which instances donning a Jewish skullcap could possibly be dangerous. Final 12 months, Klein cautioned Jews towards sporting kippahs whereas visiting huge cities.
Anti-Semitic crimes rose by 20% in Germany final 12 months, Agence France-Presse reported, citing information from the German Federal Ministry of the Inside.
Klein, whose place was created final 12 months by Germany’s Parliament in response to the surge in anti-Semitic assaults, has largely blamed far-right extremism for the rise.
“Anti-Semitism has always existed in Germany, unfortunately,” he informed The Washington Publish final 12 months. “But anti-Semitism is manifesting itself more evidently and more aggressively, in comparison to earlier days.”
“What I think is particularly difficult, and absolutely unacceptable, is the way the extreme right is threatening and insulting Jews, also with historical prejudices and arguments,” he mentioned. “That’s particularly insulting to them.”
Klein mentioned Germany has “a very special duty” to guard Jews from anti-Semitic assaults due to the genocide perpetrated by nation’s Nazi regime throughout World Struggle II. Roughly 6 million Jews ― roughly two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish inhabitants on the time ― have been murdered within the Holocaust.
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