Berliners wear kippot in show of solidarity
Germany's capital is taking to the streets following vicious attack on rabbi and his daughter, with one newspaper featuring politicians in yarmulkes, Jews and non-Jews holding 'kippah flashmob'
Published: 09.02.12, 09:34 / Israel News The German capital is reacting to last week's attack on a rabbi with a show of solidarity with the local Jewish community.
Under the headline 'Berlin is wearing a kippah' the Berliner Zeitung, one of the capital's most popular newspapers published a front page story featuring some of Berlin's most prominent resident's wearing yarmulkes on their heads.
Another newspaper, 'Welt Online' reported on the flashmob event that took place in the city in which participants marched with yarmulkes on their heads.
Berliner Zeitung's front page
Politicians, artists and businessmen had their pictures taken with skullcaps on their heads, explaining that through the act of wearing a kippah they were expressing their opposition to anti-Semitism.
Rabbi Daniel Alter, 53, was approached by several young men as he walked down the road with his 6-year-old daughter. They asked him whether he was Jewish and when he said yes, they beat him viciously and threatened to kill his child.
The attackers presumably identified the victim as Jewish from the traditional kippah he was wearing.
Alter, who later underwent surgery for a cheekbone fracture, described his attackers as Arab-looking. They have not yet been found.
"Berliners show their solidarity and wear a kippah, the report stated. The newspaper explained that the head of Berlin's Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf districts, where many immigrants live, came to the newspaper offices and suggested the act of solidarity.
"It's a good idea; it's a strong symbol of solidarity. In Judaism the kippah symbolizes devoutness and humbleness before God," explained Stan Schultz a parliament member from Berlin's Spandau district. [Read more]