BERLIN (Reuters) – Attacks on Jews in Germany are directed against “all of us”, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said yesterday in a call to join nationwide rallies in support of the Jewish community amid growing concern about anti-Semitism.
Jewish groups are trying to harness public outrage about an attack last week on an Israeli Arab who wore a Jewish cap, or kippa, in Berlin as an experiment. He ended up being subjected to verbal abuse by three people and was lashed with a belt by a Syrian Palestinian. A video was posted on the internet.
Thousands of people are expected to don kippas at rallies in cities across Germany in the evening to stand with the country’s Jewish community. Tagesspiegel daily even printed a photo of a skullcap for readers to cut out and wear.
“If young men here are threatened just because they are wearing a kippa, we must make clear: they are not alone,” Mr Maas told Tagesspiegel.