German Jews Warned to Hide After Muslim Attack

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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.

  • Herbie bente

    Only in an evil world, would that rabbi and his daughter have been accosted simply for who they are. God loves the Jewish people and I feel sorry, in a way, for those that hate them so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.birdwell.71 Robert Birdwell

    So, let me see if I understand this. In Germany, an "enlightened Christian" country, some foreign guys who worship a mass murdering, rapist, misogynist, lying, pedophile, and looter, beat up a Jew and his young daughter and the mighty German Police Force responded: "Hey Jew… Run, hide, don't let these peace loving Muslims know you're Jewish or they'll kill you!"

    Jews in Germany have learned NOTHING! The Muslim world was allied with the Nazi's. The Nazi's took away all your guns; then your rights; then your lives.

    Now the Muslims are taking another run at you and the German state is on their side, again.

    Get smart. Get guns. Learn to shoot. Lock and load and wipe out the Muslim scum who are avowed to murder each and every one of you!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Guns aren't that easy to obtain in Germany

      • http://www.facebook.com/robert.birdwell.71 Robert Birdwell

        Jews are smart. Buy a foundry; buy a machine shop; build them!

  • Brian_Donegal

    It seems the Germans have the perfect proxy to persecute the Jews while keeping their hands clean in public.

    • A. Keen Observer

      You said it perfectly — except I would include all Europeans, not just Germans.

  • Susan McHugh

    Never forget or deny: There is evil in the world.

  • Mike Aitken

    Why not every German wear a yarmukle , then the nazis won't know who is who!

  • http://rau.3littlefoxes.com Lfox328

    That would be the right thing to do; that is why it won't work.