In an interview with the German newspaper, Funke, Germany’s antisemitism commissioner Felix Klein warned that Jewish men should not wear their kippah or skull cap in public due to the rapid increase in antisemitic attacks in recent years.
There are approximately 200,000 Jews living in Germany.
According to Breaking Israel News, in 2018 Berlin reported nearly a 20% increase of antisemitic offenses over the previous year with nearly 300 incidents reported in Germany’s capital.
With 1,649 attacks in 2018, overall the country registered a 10% increase in hate offenses over 2017. But what is particularly disturbing is that the number of violent antisemitic attacks has nearly doubled over 2017 increasing from 37 to 62 in 2018.
Though the police and mainline media report that these attacks are due to right-wing fanaticism, this is not what the Jews are reporting. They suggest that Muslim extremists and left wing fanatics are equal partners in Germany’s hate crimes. A recent survey of Jews in the EU showed that 41% indicated the most serious antisemitic offenses came from people believed to be Muslim extremists and the same survey showed that 89% of Europe’s Jews considered antisemitism a “fairly” or a “very” big problem.
This was highlighted by a bizarre incident that took place in Berlin in 2018. It involved Adam Armoush, an Israeli Arab, who decided in April 2018 to show that all this talk about Germany’s antisemitism was over hyped and to prove it he decided to wear a kippah on the streets of Berlin gifted by a Jewish friend. The Jewish friend even warned Armoush about wearing it in public.
As he walked down the street, a 19-year-old Palestinian man took off his belt and while screaming “Jew” in Arabic (Yehudi) began whipping Armoush. Armoush who caught the violent attack on video later warned Jews in an interview on German TV against wearing a kippah in public.
Things are also worsening for Jews living in England. According to the Community Security Trust, there were 1,652 antisemitic incidents in England last year, a record high with London recording a 21% increase over the previous year.
On July 1, 2019, an Orthodox Jewish man was walking down White Chapel Street in London, when a man pulled out a knife, yelled “f*** Jew” and started running at the Jewish male threatening to cut off his head. The Jewish man fled for his life. The attacker, 34, later arrested has not been identified.
In his description of the end times, Jesus not only warned His disciples that there would be increased persecution, but warned the Jews of the same thing.
28 But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ (Luke 23:28-30 NASV)
In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul talks of a day when all Israel will be saved, suggesting that they will embrace Jesus as the Jewish Messiah (Romans 11:26).
As I have noted in previous articles, there has also been a marked upswing in persecution of Christians around the world and I have wondered if this common persecution will eventually drive the two groups together.
- ‘A sad reality’: Berlin antisemitism official repeats Kippah warning for German capital: Breaking Israel News
- German Jews warned not to wear kippas after rise in anti-semitism: BBC
- The New German Antisemitism: New York Times
- ‘I’m going to chop your head off’: Jewish man threatened with knife in London: Brietbart