As antisemitism rises in the country, German leaders encourage their citizens to wear the Jewish hat thingy. Anti-Semitism commissioner (apparently that's a thing), Felix Klein, was the one who encouraged the action. He wishes for citizens to wear the kippah to combat anti-Israel protests.
I call on all citizens of Berlin and across Germany to wear the yarmulke next Saturday if there are new, intolerable attacks targeting Israel and Jews on the occasion of Al-Quds Day in Berlin. By doing this we can show a great sign of solidarity with the Jewish community and make a statement for the freedom of religion and the diversity of our society.
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo voiced concern over Felix's previous statement, which warned Jews to not wear that hat thingy that has 6 million different names.
…cannot advise Jews to wear the kippa everywhere all the time in Germany… The internet and social media have also strongly contributed to this — but also the continuous attacks on our culture of remembrance.
German newspaper Blid published a page urging readers to show their solidarity with the Jewish community.
If even one person in our country cannot wear the kippah without putting themselves in danger, then the only answer must be that we all wear the kippah. The kippah belongs to Germany!
-Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt
We were concerned to see Jews discouraged from wearing the yarmulke in public out of safety concerns. None of us should shrink in the face of prejudice.
Israel's Reuven Rivlin called Klein's warning "capitulation to anti-Semitism."
Merkel's spokesperson also took charge and ensured wearing the hat was safe.
The Central Council of Jews in Germany also issued warnings about wearing the kippa in public. There was a case last year where a Jew was attacked by a Syrian invad- err I mean refugee.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier called Jewish council president Josef Schuster and issued his statement:
[it is the] job of the state to protect our Jewish fellow citizens and to intervene where necessary.
There is to this day not a single synagogue, not a single daycare center for Jewish children, not a single school for Jewish children that does not need to be guarded by German policemen.
So the rise in AnTi-SeMiTizm? In a European-wide poll carried poll carried out by CNN about one in four Germans said Jews had too much influence on wars and conflicts, and one in five said Jews had too much influence in the media.
Wait, that's it?