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Published by Jewish Business News

by Ilan Shavit


Josef Schuster, a leader of the Central Council of Jews, told German radio that Jews need not hide in fear, since most Jewish institutions in Germany are protected, but in some places it’s better if they don’t recognize you as a Jew, Reuters reported.

To that end, Schuster recommended that Jews not wear skullcaps in parts of Germany with a large Muslim population.

Mind you, he did not indicate Jews should avoid only Muslim areas known for their extremism, but instead suggested that a Jew is in danger should he or she be recognized in any Muslim neighborhood.

That’s refreshingly honest.

“The question is whether, in areas with a large proportion of Muslims, it is sensible to be recognized as a Jew by wearing a kippa or if it isn’t better to wear some other form of head covering,” Schuster told rbb Inforadio.

“It is a development that I did not expect five years ago and that’s a bit shocking.” Schuster said.

Naturally, he blamed much of this new state of things on Israel, whose inability to live in peace with its Arab neighbors is very upsetting to European Muslims, who end up attacking Jews, seeing as there aren’t any Israelis handy nearby.

A late 2014 survey by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation noted blurring of the lines in Germany between antisemitism and hate for Israel, with 27 percent of those asked equating the Jewish state’s treatment of Palestinians to what the Nazis did to Jews in WW2.

In keeping with this policy of hiding from confrontation, Berlin’s Jewish community last week started mailing its monthly magazine Jüdisches Berlin wrapped in a plain paper envelope.

Reported antisemitic crimes in Germany grew by more than a third last year, to 1,076, according to the Amadeu Antonio Foundation citing unpublished government figures. These crimes included vandalizing Jewish cemeteries, painting swastikas on synagogues, and inciting antisemitic hate.


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  1. Funny Mr. Shuster….do you think it is only the Muslims in Germany who will attack identifiable Jews….one of my grandsons was in Berlin with three of his friends last year to assist the Chabad shaliach in conducting Pesach Sedorim, and walking down a street in Berlin, they were accosted by a number of Germans who thought these young Chassidic men worthy of their taunts of Juden Raus, and were hoping that they would run away with their tails between their legs! Well, my Grandson is 6 foot tall, and well built, he and his friends faced these modern day Nazis face to face, and they turned and ran into their Bier Stube pretty quickly! My mother A"H was born in Germany and escaped with her parents in 1936..The hatred of Jews comes very naturally to the Deutche Volk! They don't need egging on by their wonderful Muslim 'guests'…..Sad state of affairs in Europe as a whole!

  2. Shlomo – Hi
    I think that he, (Pastor Niemoeller?) said " …and when they came for us, there was no-one left to cry out"
    Not much of a difference, I know – just thought you might like to know.
    A very sobering statement … it surely shows that mankind is made out of dust.

  3. Why are Jews still living in Germany, or another European country were they are in danger.
    For a committed Orthodox Jew removing his head-covering is not an option.
    Are we witnessing a return to Europe of the 1930, when we were afraid of the Gentiles?.

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