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German Jews Warn Against Yarmulkes

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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. Concern about openly wearing the skullcaps grew following an anti-Semitic attack on the Chabad Jewish kindergarten in Berlin in 2007.

Meanwhile, Inforadio, a Berlin station, reported Thursday that Ayman Mazyek, head of the Central Council of Muslims, said such attacks are “disgusting” to Muslims and pledged his organization’s solidarity and empathy with Jews in Germany.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany said the attack proved once again that violent anti-Semitism is a reality for Jews in Germany. Berlin’s mayor Klaus Wowereit decried the attack as being against all Berliners.

In 2006, Alter was among the first rabbis ordained in postwar Germany. He is a graduate of the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, a Reform seminary.

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21 Responses to “German Jews Warn Against Yarmulkes”

  1. Helen Shmelin says:

    Why continue to leave in Germany or France if you're Jewish? Or Belgium? Or… clearly the lessons of the past have been forgotten, clearly it's not safe, and clearly it's not safe to be there as the countries continue to allow for their fear of islam to enslave them to the concept of political correctness and servitude? Leave now if you've got a brain- after what the rest of the world did.. I certainly hope no one from Canada has to die yet again because Germans and the like couldn't keep it together.

  2. Very sad that this is happening again! Hate runs ramped unless brought to a swift halt.

  3. Steven Goodwin says:

    There should be a mass of people getting their concealed carry permits and when attacked, permanently solve the problem.
    I am VERY anti-violence, but this systematic attacking of Western culture and citizens HAS TO STOP… The people that immigrate are trying (successfully) to change the world to their liking rather than adapt to life in their new host country…. and these extremely violent 'gangs' of Muslim youth know only one thing…. the primal emotion of FEAR. Unfortunately, the time has come to solve the problem with a more extreme form of violence. A shot in the head will solve the problem permanently.
    I have a concealed carry permit and will use it. If someone is just going to steal the little bit of money that I carry in my pocket… fine… they can have it. But if someone gets violent with me, I will kill them where they stand and not have ANY remorse or guilt at all.
    But that's just how I feel about it.

  4. Phil Holmes says:

    by tackling violence head on I take it, with superior force?

  5. I have my CCW as well. I will take No crap. ANY! If someone wants to rob me, I do not know if it will stop at the little $$ I carry. I will end it right there.

  6. Joel Braverman says:

    About 40 years ago my dad spent some time in Berlin on business. He was a very gregarious person, and had many conversations with the locals. The overall sense he got from the German people was a sense of great shame at what was done to the Jews during WWII, and a desire to right those wrongs. Now it is clear that anti-Semitism has returned with a vengeance, but this time from a new source – Islamists and Marxists.

  7. I was behind an arab at McDonalds near ground zero. I guess I must seem jewish when tipsy so the guy started talking about gas chambers.

    "Here's another one for the gas chamber. Better shover the old dead lady aside to make room."

    The joke was on him as I'd had a few drinks and didn't realize the ********* had been talking about me till I got home. I'd thought he was just angry that his burger was taking too long.

    This was in NYC a mile from ground zero.

    The next ********* who talks like that to me is going to the ******** hospital.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wrong solution. Right solution; everyone, Jew, Christian, humanitarian, wear a yarmulke.

  9. This has become a major problem in all Europian cities.

    In Holland they have stated using decoy patrols. A jewish looking guy walks around followed by plainclothes officers. They then bust the arabs who harass him.

    Personally I think when they bust someone for this they should deport him, his whole family and close down the mosque he attends because that's where they get this from.

  10. Marsha Roth says:

    The person who commented that everyone should wear a yarmulke has my vote.
    " Ayman Mazyek, head of the Central Council of Muslims, said such attacks are “disgusting” to Muslims and pledged his organization’s solidarity and empathy with Jews in Germany." If his comments are sincere, he should ask his mosque members & all mosques to openly wear a yarmulke in solidarity. The Jewsih New Year is upon us. Perhaps that is a good time for sincere Muslims to show their solidarity.

  11. Craig Snopek says:

    History repeats itself:
    Same country.
    Same victims.
    Different perpetrators.

  12. John DeLancy says:

    My Torah teacher would say this is the Amelek spirit – fear and doubt. They instill fear to try to make us doubt. Instead, standing up to them with faith in Ha'Shem is the correct response. David made it clear when confronting Goliath that the battle is very much a spiritual conflict, and he also used his weapon to take down his enemy.

  13. Tipper Rumpf says:

    Wow. I hope this was a rare isolated incident, but the article made it seem like a pattern. Horrible.

  14. Howard Grant says:

    Islam is not a peaceful religion the Quran says to kill the infidel this includes, Christians or anyone that is not a Muslim.

    The Prophet [Mohammed], the master of the merciful has ordered to cut off the heads of some of the prisoners of Badr in patience. He is our example and a good role model."
    al-Zarqawi, just before he cut off the head of Nicholas Berg.

    “When the apostle [Mohammed] rejoined his family he handed his sword to his daughter Fatima, saying, ‘Wash the blood from this, daughter, for by God it has served me well today.’” (ibn Ishaq, 389).
    You do recall Muhammad's directives [Surah 9:5,73] to "break the cross" and "kill the infidel"?

  15. Howard Grant says:

    Reply to Goodwin: In the US if they went by the constitution you wouldn't need a permit to carry a fire are.

  16. Tipper Rumpf It is a pattern. It has been happening for the last few years in several countries. In Holland, France, Germany, scandinavia and England. In some neighborhoods kids will ask you if you are jewish or gay and if you say yes they signal to gangs an you will be beaten. In some cities it's not possible to walk anywhere without getting nazi salutes, harrassment or assault if thye think you look jewish.

  17. Tipper Rumpf according to various news sources half the jews have fled the swedish city of Malmo because of muslim thugs attacking them in the street and jews have been immigrating from France to Israel in record numbers. When people in different countries have one thing in common and all begin acting the same way that means it's directed.

  18. Tipper Rumpf Some months ago an al quada connected young man in france shot some soldiers, a rabbi and little school girl (point blank in the face). Instead of shocking people into thinking twice about such things it precipitated a wave of violence against jews. That's because there was an organized effort to lionise the little filthy bastard and CAUSE it to inspire others.

  19. Paul Burlant says:

    Reminds me of the Danes in WWII when Jews were ordered to wear a yellow Star of David—many non Jewish Danes wore the star

  20. Craig Snopek Not different perpetrators at all. The organization that's created the climate behind this wave of antisemitism worked for hitler in WWII and have the exact same goals of Empire that he did.

    Search Freedom Equality and the Muslim Brotherhood and proffessional intelligence briefings by Stephen Coughlin (previously of the DoD). Both can be found on youtube and aren't by wierdo conspiracy nuts or racist bloggers. FEATMB is by a muslim intellectual who emmegrated to Norway from Iraq as a child. Stephen Coughlin is an intelligence analyst who worked for the DoD and warned his superiors about the arab spring months before it happened.

  21. jesperjesper says:

    Hi All
    I take it, from how most of you write, and the mentionning of the 2.ad, that most of you live in the usa?
    This is old news friends…I live i Denmark and i can honestly tell you it’s not only the jews who suffer under the islamic cancer that has infested Europe and Denmark!

    Not one day passes without you being able to read, in ANY local newspaper, that last night this and this young danish male/female has been robbed,assaulted, raped and or beaten to pieces by…ta-daa guess who…muslim youths!

    This one will make you laugh: On the 6. of june this year our “minister of justice” passed a law the forbids anyone without a hunting license to own a pelletgun with a caliber larger than 4.5mm :-D
    My god i was stunned and his argumentation!! We cant risk those deadly bb’s above 4.5mm to end up in the hands of(muslim)gangmembers!!!!

    In other words WE ARE DOOMED in europe!

    If only my wifey could cut her attatchments to Denmark, we would have moved to the usa or canada by now

    Last winter, a 16yo somali “refugee” raped a 10yo dansih girl while attempting to rape her 12yo friend too.
    He got caught, found guilty and…And now the “goodnessindustries” in Denmark fights to get him outta jail as”he has showed improvements towards democarcy during his captivity”!!
    The summer b4 the rape he was sent to somalia to get proper islamic “education”…so much for being a “refugee”!

    My god this is all going one way and thats towards a new balkan, only this one will be in scandinavia.

    I’m so tired of it (them) i wish it would start tomorrow so that we can get it overwith and get on with our lives

    Just signed my boy up for judoclasses AND rifleshooting

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