Berlin's monthly Jewish community magazine has announced that it will be delivered to subscribers in plain envelopes from now on, in the wake of recent anti-Semitic attacks in Europe.
A community spokesman said that the move would add significant costs, but was intended to "reduce the likelihood of hostility towards our more than 10,000 community members,” according to the Guardian.
In a foreword to the latest issue of Jüdisches Berlin (Jewish Berlin,) community head Gideon Joffe wrote: “Israelis are beaten up in Berlin solely on the grounds that they are Israeli Jews. We are not yet – I repeat yet – at the stage where Jews are being murdered in Germany just because they are Jews. But measures have to be taken to protect the democratic rule of law.”
The Berlin Jewish community was taking steps to increase its security arrangements, in consultation with Berlin’s interior administration and police, Joffe wrote.
First published in 1998, the magazine provides information about Berlin’s community and publishes articles on issues relating to Jewish life in Germany. It appears 10 months of the year, and is partially translated into Russian.
Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized the importance of Jewish life in Germany and called on Jews living in the country to stay, following the recent deadly attacks in Copenhagen.
Jewish schools, community buildings and cemeteries in the city are under round-the-clock police guard, though statistics do not show a rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2014.
In the most recent reported incident, a 26-year-old Israeli was assaulted by Muslim youths on New Year’s Day as he tried to film them.