Berlin — Germany’s government commissioner on antisemitism has warned Jews about the potential dangers of wearing the traditional kippah cap in the face of rising anti-Jewish attacks. “I cannot advise Jews to wear the kippah everywhere all the time in Germany,” Felix Klein said in an interview published on Saturday by the Funke regional press group. In issuing the warning, Klein said he had “alas, changed my mind [on the subject] compared to previously”. Klein, whose post was created in 2018, cited “the lifting of inhibitions and the uncouthness which is on the rise in society” as factors behind a rising incidence of antisemitism. “The internet and social media have largely contributed to this — but so have constant attacks against our culture of remembrance.” He suggested police, teachers and lawyers should be better trained to recognise what constitutes “clearly defined” unacceptable behaviour and “what is authorised and what is not”. His comments came just weeks after Berlin’s to...

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