After an attack by several Muslim men on a Rabbi and his little girl in Berlin, German Jews are being told not to wear distinctive Jewish clothing to avoid trouble.
Despite Germany’s efforts to restore its Jewish community, due to the large number of Muslims there, Jews are being forced to hide their identity just as they had to do during the Holocaust.
After an attack on a rabbi in Berlin, Gideon Joffe, the head of the Berlin Jewish community, said he would “not recommend that any Jew go around in parts of Berlin with a kipah.”
On Tuesday, Rabbi Daniel Alter of Berlin was violently attacked while picking up his daughter from a piano lesson. He currently is recovering from surgery for a broken cheekbone. The attackers, reportedly Arab youths, asked Alter – who was wearing a kipah – if he was Jewish before hitting him in the face. They then allegedly verbally threatened Alter’s 6-year-old daughter.
Many Jewish religious leaders in the country advise their congregants against openly wearing Jewish garb in public; men routinely wear baseball caps or other hats over their yarmulkes when in public.
This is not a new situation. I spent some time in Europe during the 80s and after a Muslim terrorist attack, it was standard for Jews to avoid wearing distinguishing clothing or anything that might attract Muslim attention.