Campaign to get all France wearing Jewish skullcaps


BBC: A call for French Jews to remove their skullcaps to make themselves less vulnerable to attack has provoked a social media campaign calling for more or less the opposite.

Using a hashtag #TousAvecUneKippa (Everyone with a kippah), thousands are calling on French people of all backgrounds to don the traditional Jewish skullcap and post a selfie on social media this Friday in a show of solidarity against anti-Semitic attacks.

Earlier this week Zvi Ammar, the main Jewish leader in the French city of Marseille urged men to stop wearing the skullcap, “to avoid being identified as Jewish”. He said the “exceptional measure” was needed to protect Jewish lives. The advice was given in direct response to a violent anti-Semitic attack on a teacher. On Monday Benjamin Amsellem - who was wearing a skullcap at the time - was attacked with a machete and left with an injured shoulder and hand. A 15-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with the attack. Prosecutors say he claimed to have carried out the crime out of loyalty to the so-called Islamic State.

France’s president, Francois Hollande, has already called the idea that Jewish people should need to hide their identity “intolerable”. And now social media users in the country are trying to turn the idea on its head, by calling for everyone to wear a kippah on Friday.

France’s 500,000 Jewish population is the third largest in the world, behind Israel and the United States. Anti-Semitic attacks are rising across the country. But France’s chief rabbi, Haim Korsia, has rejected the notion that Jews should make themselves safer by taking off their skullcaps. “We should not give in to anything, we will continue to wear the kippah,” he said.




A courageous idea indeed, one in the best traditions of France.




Bravo indeed.

It calls to mind the story about the Danes during World War II. Legend has it that after the Germans invaded Denmark, they as usual insisted that all Jews wear the yellow star. King Christian said that all Danes were equal and that if Jews were required to wear it, then ALL Danes would wear it, and he was the first to don it during his morning ride in the park.

Some say the story is true and some say it is legend. Doesn’t matter - it is an honorable thing.


Yes, Denmark came to my mind as well.

Wouldn’t there be historical testimony to that event?



Pax Christi!

I heard it was Norway. But then, I have Norwegian family. Let’s all do it!!

God bless.


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