Responding to Rising anti-Semitism, German Daily Prints DIY Skullcap: 'The Only Answer Is We All Wear a Kippa'

Following anti-Semitism commissioner's warning not to don the Jewish skullcap, German newspaper Bild responds with a cut-out kippa, saying: 'The kippa belongs to Germany!'

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A man wears a kippa in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, June 10, 2014.
A man wears a kippa in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, June 10, 2014.Credit: AFP
Noa Landau
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After Israel's president Reuven Rivlin criticized Germany's anti-Semitism commissioner for warning the Jewish community to not wear a Jewish skullcap in public, Germany's popular tabloid-style daily, Bild, will print a cut-out kippa for readers to wear.

"If only one person in our country cannot wear a kippa without putting themselves in danger," Tweeted Bild's editor-in-chief, Julian Reichelt, "the only answer can be that we all wear a kippa. The kippa belongs to Germany!" He added, "That's why Bild is printing tomorrow a kippa for cutting out on page 1."  

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On Saturday, Felix Klein, Germany's anti-Semitism commissioner, told reporters that he could "no longer recommend Jews wear a kippa at every time and place in Germany," adding that his opinion on the matter has changed "following the ongoing brutalization in German society."

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin criticized the remark, calling it a "surrender to anti-Semitism." He added, "This capitulation shows that Jews are not safe, again, on German soil."

It was not the first time that German Jews had been advised to leave their skullcaps at home. Last year, Head of the Central Council of Jews Josef Schuster recommended that Jews who are visiting large cosmopolitan cities remove their skullcaps. Three years before, he also cautioned against wearing a kippa in areas with large Muslim populations.

Last year, after two young men wearing skullcaps were assaulted in daylight in Berlin, 2,000 Germans of various faiths protested anti-Semitism while donning kippas.

One of the victims was, in fact, a 21-year-old Israeli Arab who wore the kippa as an "experiment." He had heard from a friend that wearing it would be unsafe in Germany, and refused to believe it. A video of the assault shows a man shouting "Jew" in Arabic and striking him with a belt.  

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