Germany: Thousands participate in 'Berlin Wears Kippah' protest against anti-Semitic Attack

Around 2000 people gathered in Berlin on Wednesday for a solidarity rally under the motto «Berlin Wears Kippah» to protest against anti-Semitism and intolerance. Participants wore kippahs, the traditional Jewish headgear, as a sign of solidarity and condemnation of the anti-Semitic attack that took place in the German capital on April 17. Among those who had come to the Jewish Community... Еще Centre were members of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities, German politicians, including Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Mueller, and representatives of the Green Party as well as the Leftist Party and NGOs. Similar rallies in solidarity with the Jewish community also were held on Wednesday in several other German cities, such as Erfurt, Potsdam, Magdeburg and Cologne. Last week an Arabic-speaking young man, reported to be a Syrian of Palestinian origin, assaulted a kippah-wearing Israeli national from Haifa with a belt in the street in Berlin's prestigious Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood. The attack itself and the video of the incident, posted by the victim online, triggered strong reactions from politicians and representatives of various Berlin communities.

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