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Jerusalem - Israeli President Shocked By German Skullcap Warning

Published on: May 26, 2019 08:47 AM
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In this Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, file photo, two men wearing skullcaps as they listen to the speech of Israeli Historian Saul Friedlaender, during a remembrance event of the parliament Bundestag to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust at the Reichstag building in Berlin. APIn this Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, file photo, two men wearing skullcaps as they listen to the speech of Israeli Historian Saul Friedlaender, during a remembrance event of the parliament Bundestag to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust at the Reichstag building in Berlin. AP

Jerusalem - Israel’s president said Sunday he is shocked by a German official’s comment that he wouldn’t advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country, which is drawing mixed reactions at home.

Felix Klein, the government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, was quoted Saturday as saying: “I cannot recommend to Jews that they wear the skullcap at all times everywhere in Germany.” He didn’t elaborate on what places and times might be risky.

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“The statement of the German government’s anti-Semitism commissioner that it would be preferable for Jews not wear a kippa in Germany out of fear for their safety, shocked me deeply,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement.

He added that “we will never submit, will never lower our gaze and will never react to anti-Semitism with defeatism — and expect and demand our allies act in the same way.”

Government statistics released earlier this month showed that the number of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner incidents rose in Germany last year, despite an overall drop in politically motivated crimes.

Germany’s main Jewish leader, Josef Schuster, told news agency dpa “it has long been a fact that Jews are potentially exposed to danger in some big cities if they can be recognized as Jews.” He added that he pointed that out two years ago, “so it is to be welcomed if this situation gets more attention at the highest political level.”

Others were sharply critical of Klein’s comment. Michel Friedman, a former deputy leader of Germany’s main Jewish group, said it was an admission of failure and that “the state must ensure that Jews can show themselves everywhere without fear.”

Bavaria’s state interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said that wearing a skullcap is part of religious freedom. “Everyone can and should wear his skullcap wherever and whenever he wants,” he said.

Klein himself told dpa that his statement had been “provocative” and he “wanted to initiate a debate about the safety of the Jewish community in our country.”

“Of course I believe that there must not be no-go areas anywhere in Germany for Jews or members of other minorities,” he said.



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 May 26, 2019 at 12:38 PM Charedi Yid Says:

How I see It -This is the best news that could be. Hashem gave us his land protected by our own boys, and then we go live in a country that choked us to death in chambers of gas. Is that not affront to our G-d??
If these Yidden cannot understand it themselves, maybe it is a good idea a few bloody noses (however not to serious) to knock (literally) some brains into them. How great it would be if we cannot live in Germany, Poland,Ukraine etc.
How crazy is it after how they killed and slaughtered us, we go back for more!

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 May 26, 2019 at 12:59 PM hashomer Says:

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Charedi Yid Says:

How I see It -This is the best news that could be. Hashem gave us his land protected by our own boys, and then we go live in a country that choked us to death in chambers of gas. Is that not affront to our G-d??
If these Yidden cannot understand it themselves, maybe it is a good idea a few bloody noses (however not to serious) to knock (literally) some brains into them. How great it would be if we cannot live in Germany, Poland,Ukraine etc.
How crazy is it after how they killed and slaughtered us, we go back for more!

What a joke you are! Are you serious?! Israel is the one country in the world today where Jews are slaughtered wholesale and nobody gives a damn. What an ugly wish you have for your Jewish brothers. Do you wish for another suicide bombing in Israel to “knock some senses into you” feh. Rasha.

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 May 26, 2019 at 01:25 PM rachelw Says:

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hashomer Says:

What a joke you are! Are you serious?! Israel is the one country in the world today where Jews are slaughtered wholesale and nobody gives a damn. What an ugly wish you have for your Jewish brothers. Do you wish for another suicide bombing in Israel to “knock some senses into you” feh. Rasha.

You’re overreacting (what else is new) and missing the thrust of his argument. Why indeed would any authentic Jewish soul venture to step foot on German soil soaked with Jewish blood. FYI a sentiment shared by countless other Yidden.

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 May 26, 2019 at 04:09 PM Rhoda Dendron Says:

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hashomer Says:

What a joke you are! Are you serious?! Israel is the one country in the world today where Jews are slaughtered wholesale and nobody gives a damn. What an ugly wish you have for your Jewish brothers. Do you wish for another suicide bombing in Israel to “knock some senses into you” feh. Rasha.

Interesting hypothesis. Let’s test it out. I suggest first you walk around Israel wearing a Yalmuka and then walk around England, Germany, France etc. wearing the same yalmuka. Please get back to us with your findings. If we don’t hear from you, we can assume that your hypothesis has been disproved.

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 May 26, 2019 at 05:13 PM hashomer Says:

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Rhoda Dendron Says:

Interesting hypothesis. Let’s test it out. I suggest first you walk around Israel wearing a Yalmuka and then walk around England, Germany, France etc. wearing the same yalmuka. Please get back to us with your findings. If we don’t hear from you, we can assume that your hypothesis has been disproved.

Interesting 6 lines of deflection. You’ll never change the fact - no matter how much you ramble. Of course anti-semitism exists and is in danger In large parts of the world, but Israel is the only place where mass slaughter of Jews take place and nobody gives a hoot.

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 May 26, 2019 at 05:50 PM Anonymous Says:

President Rivlin does not routinely wear a kippah in public. Therefore, he should have minded his own business, regarding the statements of the German official.

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 May 26, 2019 at 08:26 PM Toxic Hash Says:

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hashomer Says:

Interesting 6 lines of deflection. You’ll never change the fact - no matter how much you ramble. Of course anti-semitism exists and is in danger In large parts of the world, but Israel is the only place where mass slaughter of Jews take place and nobody gives a hoot.

"Nobody gives a hoot"
Wrong!
Stop repeating the same shitty argument and expecting people to take it seriously.

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 May 26, 2019 at 08:35 PM Anonymous Says:

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rachelw Says:

You’re overreacting (what else is new) and missing the thrust of his argument. Why indeed would any authentic Jewish soul venture to step foot on German soil soaked with Jewish blood. FYI a sentiment shared by countless other Yidden.

Oh, please. Compare that to Poland, and you'll see Germany is not quite as bad.

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 May 26, 2019 at 09:28 PM curious Says:

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hashomer Says:

Interesting 6 lines of deflection. You’ll never change the fact - no matter how much you ramble. Of course anti-semitism exists and is in danger In large parts of the world, but Israel is the only place where mass slaughter of Jews take place and nobody gives a hoot.

Rubbish!
Lies!

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 May 26, 2019 at 11:29 PM hashomer Says:

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curious Says:

Rubbish!
Lies!

If you could you would name another country where Jews are bombed on buses, in restaurants, celebrating Passover Seder or just going about their daily lives. But you can’t. And instead of admitting it you yell “lies” as if that’ll change the facts.

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