|@Jüdische Gemeinde Freiburg|
|Irina Katz addressing the crowd assembled in front of the New Synagogue|
|Facing Freiburg's New Synagogue, the assembled people |
listen to Felix Rottenberger and Irina Katz
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
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|
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.