Monday, September 30, 2019

Freiburger Kippa-Tag

@Jüdische Gemeinde Freiburg
Yesterday Freiburg's Jewish Community organized its first Day of the Kippah.

Irina Katz addressing the crowd assembled in front of the New Synagogue
Irina Katz, chairwoman of Freiburg’s Jewish community, even claimed that it was the first Kippa-Tag in Baden-Württemberg.

Facing Freiburg's New Synagogue, the assembled people
listen to Felix Rottenberger and Irina Katz
We participants protested against a resurgence of antisemitism in Germany. Antisemitism gets stronger in other European countries too. In France, thousands of Jews already left the country for Israel.

Nip it in the bud! In Germany, people wearing the kippah in the street were verbally aggressed, spat at, and sometimes physically attacked. Walking from Freiburg’s New Synagogue to the Square of the Old Synagogue, we wore the kippah as a symbol of tolerance against xenophobia and exclusion.

In front of the memorial of the Old Synagogue, Irina Katz is at the microphone; behind are
the orators Mayor Martin Horn and City Counselors Simon Waldenspuhl and Monika Stein
Antisemitism has developed into a complex conglomerate of old Christian sentiments against the Jews as formulated by the Church Fathers - later ”modernized” by Martin Luther - mixed with the rejection of the Israeli settlement policy in Palestine.

In our far away societies, the sympathy for Israel’s struggle for survival clashes with the rejection of the Palestinian population's treatment by the Jewish State. This dilemma frequently leads to a new form of antisemitism, nourished in Germany largely by our Islamic fellow citizens.

At the Square of the Old Synagogue, a listening crowd
At the rally at the Square of the Old Synagogue, City Counselor Simon Waldenspuhl demanded that Freiburg cut its partnership with the Iranian city of Isfahan. While a murmur passed through the audience, Red Baron and another guy spontaneously shouted Nein.

Later I discussed with the orator and accused him of hypocrisy. Although having comprehensively spoken against exclusion, he excluded the citizens of Isfahan. Freiburg has always understood its sisterships as a vehicle of making personal contacts, getting to know our partner cities' people, but never as a political connection.

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