The German tabloid Bild run a cutout kippah on its front page earlier this week, with the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt specifically urging people not to fear wearing Jewish skullcaps.
“Wear it, so that your friends and neighbours can see it. Explain to your children what the kippah is. […] Post a photograph with the kippah on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Go out onto the streets with it”, Reichelt wrote in a Bild article on the matter.
Using Bild’s picture, readers can cut out a kippah and wear it.
Wenn auch nur einer in unserem Land nicht Kippa tragen kann, ohne sich in Gefahr zu bringen, kann die Antwort nur lauten, dass wir alle Kippa tragen.— Julian Reichelt (@jreichelt) 26 мая 2019 г.
Die Kippa gehört zu Deutschland!
Deswegen druckt @BILD morgen die Kippa zum Ausschneiden auf Seite 1. pic.twitter.com/h3U9anRDZA
"If even only one person here can't safely wear a kippah, then the answer can only be, 'We're all going to wear a kippah. The kippah belongs to Germany!", this tweet reads.
The publication came after the German government's special representative for anti-Semitism, Felix Klein, told the Funk media group last month that he could no longer “advise Jews to wear the kippah everywhere all the time in Germany,” due to soaring anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish attacks in the country.
“I can no longer recommend Jews wear a kippah at every time and place in Germany”, Klein said.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, in turn, admitted to being “shocked” by Klein’s interview, calling the warning to Jews regarding the cap “a capitulation to anti-Semitism and admittance that, again, Jews are not safe on German soil”.
“We will never submit, will never lower our gaze and will never react to anti-Semitism with defeatism”, Rivlin underlined.
Richard Grenell, the US government’s ambassador to Germany, for his part, echoed Bild’s chief editor Reichelt by tweeting in late May that Jews in Germany don't need to conceal their religious identity.
“The opposite is true. Wear your kippah. Wear your friend’s kippah. Borrow a kippah and wear it for our Jewish neighbours. Educate people that we are a diverse society”, Reichelt pointed out.
Interior Ministry data, in turn, indicated that anti-Semitic crimes have soared by at least 20 per cent in Germany in the past year.