While more than 2,000 people showed up in Berlin for a rally against anti-Semitism – including Muslims, a similar, smaller demonstration was attacked by Pro-Palestinian counterdemonstrators and its participants forced to leave, reported The Jerusalem Post.
Demonstrations against anti-Semitism were held in a number of cities in Germany after a man wearing a Jewish skullcap was violently attacked by a Syrian refugee of Palestinian decent in Berlin. A video of the attack (see below) went viral. The man who was attacked, ironically, was an Arab Israeli living in Berlin and wearing a skullcap as a test to see if merely wearing a skullcap in Berlin would provoke an anti-Semitic attack.
“It was an experience for me to wear the skullcap and go out into the street,” said Adam Armush 21, the victim of the attack. He filmed the attack himself “for the police and for the German people and the world to see how terrible it is to go through Berlin streets these days as a Jew.”
After the video went viral, the perpetrator turned himself into the police.
Watch a video of the attack on the man wearing a skullcap as a test in Berlin:
Away from the larger demonstration, a small number of demonstrators (whose rally was authorized by police) were spat at and had their Israel flag snatched away. The group, comprised of Jews and non-Jews, had planned to march through a predominantly Muslim neighborhood. However, the police forced them to abandon the demonstration, saying it was too dangerous to continue.
A tweet from the demonstrators read: “Rally against
#anti-Semitism on the Hermannplatz in Berlin was stopped after 15 minutes after spitting [on] organizers, [who were] called “terrorists,” [were] abused and the Israel flag snatched. # Berlin is wearing Kippa”
Kundgebung gegen #Antisemitismus auf dem Hermannplatz in Berlin wurde nach 15 Minuten abgebrochen, nachdem Organisatoren bespuckt, als “Terroristen” beschimpft und die Israel-Fahne entrissen wurde. #BerlinträgtKippa pic.twitter.com/BvoNzpwVu7
— Jüdisches Forum (@JFDA_eV) April 25, 2018
Meanwhile, at the main rally, Jews and non-Jews – including prominent German politicians –wore skullcaps in solidarity with the Jewish community. Senior Christian Democratic Union politician Volker Kauder, who is very close to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and from the same party said, “We do not accept anti-Semitism in our country. Those who come to this country and want to live here must know that, too.”
The German daily Der Tagesspiegel published a skull cap in the newspaper meant to be cutout and worn at the rally.
Bakir Atlas, head of a national Islamic organization which called on its members to participate in the demonstration and wear skullcaps, said there is no place in Germany for people who attack people from other cultures or races. He said he could understand the feelings of the victims of anti-Semitism, as Muslim women who wear hijabs have also been subjected to similar attacks and harassment.
In an interview with Israel TV, Merkel acknowledged, “We now have another phenomenon, as we have refugees or people of Arab origin who bring another form of anti-Semitism into the country.”
Noting that no Jewish kindergarten, school or synagogue can now be without police protection, Merkel said, “This dismays us.”
The attack on Armush follows numerous other attacks on Jews in Germany from Islamists and immigrant factions.
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