'Better a cap than a kippah in dangerous areas'

French Jewish MP qualifies recommendation of German Jewish leader to refrain from wearing kippah in public. 'Things are more dangerous now.'

Yoni Kempinski ,

Meyer Habib
Meyer Habib
Rafael Levi

The storm surrounding the call by a leader of German Jewry to the Jews of the country not to emphasize external Jewish features and wear a kippah in public continues to reverberate in other European countries where anti-Semitism rears its head.

"The situation in Europe is complex and dangerous. Radical Islam is expanding and it is forbidden to take risks, but it is impossible to make a sweeping recommendation to remove kippot or religious symbols," said French MP Meyer Habib, who sought to qualify the sweeping call of the German Jewish leader.

"What I said and I repeat: In dangerous areas, it is better to go with a cap and not a kippah," Habib clarified his position.

“We’re not talking about something new, but the situation has changed. We have been fighting for years for religious Jews, or Jews with religious features, to be able to move around without fear and worry everywhere in France, but unfortunately despite the efforts of the French authorities, the situation in France is becoming more dangerous today and everyone needs to be more careful. "

Two years ago, following anti-Semitic attacks by Jews who walked with kippot, French religious leaders called for Jews to remove kippot.

In response to the call, Habib, together with another French colleague (Claude Goasguen, who is not Jewish), wore kippot in the building of the National Assembly of France as a sign of solidarity.