“Kippa marches” were held on Wednesday across Germany, with over 2,000 people taking part in the events. The largest was conducted in Berlin. The marchers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, wore kippas as they showed their support for the local Jewish communities.

Berlin, yesterday

Berlin, yesterday Photo Credit: Twitter screenshot/Mariel Müller

Thousands of people marched throughout Germany on Wednesday in solidarity with the local Jewish communities amid a wave of anti-Semitic attacks. The Jewish and non-Jewish marchers wore kippas in the cities of Erfurt, Potsdam and Cologne. In Berlin, the largest event was held.

The marches were held in response to a German Jewish leader’s recommendation that Jews refrain from wearing kippas in public. His suggestion was quickly condemned in Germany and across Europe.

“It’s a sad day in Europe’s history when the head of a community suggests that the members of his community hide their Judaism while walking on the street,” Conference of Rabbis of Europe President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt stated. In addition, Goldschmidt called on the Jewish people of Germany and across Europe to document and report every act of anti-Semitism.

France’s chief rabbi, Haim Korsia, stated that recommending that Jewish people not wear a kippa constitutes a “prize for anti-Semites.” He explained that he strongly disagrees with the suggestion made by Joseph Schuster, head of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, and the notion that “wearing a kippa on one’s head is a provocation.”