'A German government watchdog has called on people across the country to wear Jewish skullcaps this weekend in an act of solidarity against anti-Semitism.
The appeal follows a U-turn on an official warning to Jewish men not to wear skullcaps in public for their own safety.
Felix Klein, the German government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, warned Jewish men at the weekend not to wear traditional kippah or yarmulke skullcaps amid a sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks.
The warning was backed by Germany’s largest Jewish organisation, the Central Council of Jews, but was widely criticised.
President Reuven Rivlin of Israel described it as a “capitulation to anti-Semitism”, while Angela Merkel’s spokesman said: "The state must see to it that the free exercise of religion is possible for all... and that anyone can move around safely in our country while wearing a kippah”.
Mr Klein later backed away from his initial warning, saying it was intended as “a way of raising the alarm”.
He called for people across the country to wear skullcaps in a sign of solidarity with Israel and Jewish people this weekend as Muslims mark Al-Quds Day, an annual event in support of the Palestinians.
“I call on all citizens of Berlin and across Germany to wear the kippah next Saturday if there are new, intolerable attacks targeting Israel and Jews on the occasion of Al-Quds Day in Berlin,” he said in a statement.'
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