As reported by the Israeli channel i24news on its website, the coordinator of the fight against anti-Semitism in the German government, Felix Klein, warned of the risks incurred by people of Jewish faith wearing the kippah of yarmulke in public. Anti-Semitic acts increased in Germany by almost 10 percent last year according to French weekly the Obs, and up to 74 percent in France .
“I can not advise Jews to wear the kippah anywhere, any time, in Germany,” said Felix Klein in an interview with the regional Funke press group, adding that he has sadly changed his opinion. The worrying rise in anti-Semitic acts last year, he says, comes with a “lifting of inhibitions” and “a lack of consideration in society” that have been fueling the hatred of Jews.
The German official also lamented about the contribution of “internet and social media” to this phenomenon, which attack the “culture of memory”. But, as i24news recalls, 90 percent of anti-Semitic acts are allegedly committed by “right-wing extremists”.
The German official nevertheless attacked Arab TV channels, which he said conveyed “a negative image of Israel and Jews”.
Felix Klein called for better protection of the Jewish community by the German authorities and justice, sometimes indecisive on “what is allowed or not”. “There is a clear definition of anti-Semitism and it needs to be taught in police schools,” he said. “The same goes for the training of teachers and lawyers”.
Already a year ago, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, sounded the alarm about the wearing of headgear. “I must advise against single people showing up in the center of big cities in Germany with a kippah,” he told RBB radio.