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“Yarmulke March” planned for Copenhagen to protest anti-Semitic violence

“Yarmulke March” planned for Copenhagen to protest anti-Semitic violence

It has come to this.

For years we have been documenting the rise of anti-Semitic violence in Europe masquerading as anti-Zionism, in a coalition of Islamists and Leftists in places like Malmö, Sweden.

Copenhagen, Denmark also has this history, so much so that the small (6,000-8,000) Jewish community all but stopped showing Jewish symbols in public. In 2012, the Israeli Embassy advised Israelis visiting Denmark not to wear a Yarmulke (aka Kippah or skull-cap) or other similar religious symbols in public.

The threat on the streets continues, with a Jewish school in Copenhagen just this month forbidding its students from wearing yarmulkes in public:

A Jewish school in Denmark informed parents that its pupils are no longer allowed to wear religious symbols near school grounds.

The private Caroline School in Copenhagen informed parents of the policy in a recent letter, the Jyllands-Posten daily reported Friday. The letter said it was not permissible for students of the 7th, 8th and 9th grades to leave school premises if they are wearing visible Jewish symbols….

Hansen also said the move was “pure preventative.” He added: “I know there has been an increase in the number of Jews who have been accosted over the summer in connection with the conflict in Gaza.”

When actor Seth Menachem traveled recently in Denmark and Sweden, his group encountered numerous acts of anti-Semitism:

But the trip was tainted by a twinge of unmistakable anti-Semitism, which lingered in the air almost everywhere we went. I traveled with Shmuly, a religious Jewish friend with a long beard and a yarmulke. He’s a gregarious guy, and like me, he loves to meet all kinds of people. But his visage drew stares — some curious, some angry. And as the night grew longer, and the people grew drunker, even in reserved Sweden, anti-Semitic cries rang out in the streets. In Stockholm, it mainly took place at the bus stop near our Sheraton hotel. One night it was some Somalian Muslim girls in hijabs, who instead of helping us with directions, turned to us and seethed, “Put a dick in your ass!”

Another night it was a group of Arabs who stared at us as we passed. A tall man raised a fist in the air and shouted, “Fuck Israel!” When we ignored it, he persisted — “Fuck Jews!”

In Copenhagen it was more of the same, including a Palestinian woman who shouted “Heil Hitler”:

In Copenhagen it was more of the same — only it wasn’t solely Muslims who confronted us. Danes wanted to know where we stood on the Israeli-Gaza conflict, and they weren’t shy to ask. I don’t mind a healthy debate, but this was loaded. Our answers were irrelevant. They wanted an excuse to rage, and in a country with very few Jews — especially ones so easily identifiable — we became the perfect victims….

But on our last night, the small restaurant was quiet. While my pizza was cooking, Shmuly waited outside…. I heard yelling so I quickly ran out to make sure all was okay. “You stole my land,” she told him, and I took out my phone to film the diatribe. Oddly, not only did she give me permission to film her when I asked, she repeated her rant for the camera, raising her arm in a Nazi salute as she recited Heil Hitler over again. After she went back inside, I went in to check on my pizza. She directed her anger at me, but when I responded her more volatile friend screamed, “Shut the fuck up!” I took out my camera again. I wanted to document what people have been denying is happening. I wanted to document it in case anything went wrong. And then she ran over to me and slapped the phone out of my hand. The glass shattered on the floor, and she ran out of the shop to get her boyfriend.

Here’s the video:

(The woman in the video was identified on Facebook by a Danish politician who objects to the rising anti-Semitism)

The situation is so bad in Copenhagen that conservative politicians are organizing a Yarmulke March in protest, Conservatives organize protest march against the jew smear campaign (translation via Google Translate):

The Conservative leader at the City Hall has called for a protest march on Nørrebrogade where participants will wear Jewish symbols in response to increasing harassment of Danish Jews.

Thursday evening, a group of politicians move down through Nørrebrogade wearing a skullcap and other Jewish symbols to respond to a growing number of reports of assaults and harassment of Danish Jews.

The leader of the Conservatives in the City Council at City Hall, Rasmus Jarlov (K), which is behind the initiative.

‘Jewish symbols and dress have just as much right to be on the streets, such as the Islamic headscarf. It must all accept and get used to. We want street space back from the people who hate and harass Jews who unfortunately have been quite a few examples in the recent past, “says Rasmus Jarlov in a written comment….

The Jewish Society in Denmark, according to Berlingske registered 29 physical, verbal and virtual attacks on Jews, since the Gaza conflict flared up in early July.

The march depends in part on whether police will provide protection (translation via Google Translate):

– We want street space back from the people who hate and harass Jews who unfortunately have been quite a few examples in the recent past.

– Jewish symbols and dress have just as much right to be on the streets, such as the Islamic headscarf. It must all accept and get used to.

So says the conservative Dane Rasmus Jarlov, along with SF MP Lisbeth Bech Poulsen planning to take a trip up and down the Nørrebrogade Thursday or Friday depending on police commitment.

In 2012 A similar march took place in Malmö.

It didn’t change a thing.


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great unknown | August 12, 2014 at 11:19 am

And the police will not only refuse to protect the marchers, they will outlaw the march as provocative and racist.

As a Christian and Zionist I think it my be time for the Christian Zionist community to consider regularly wearing kippah in a sign solidarity with our Jewish neighbors. is this a totally off the wall idea??

I haven’t thought this through fully but some thoughts-
1) people seeing more people wearing kippah would assume we Christians are Jewish. (who could be offended by that?)

2) our Jewish friends and neighbors would see we are part of a friendly and larger community with shared values (that’s good right?)

3) strangers might ask questions are feel like talking about Israel and it would give us a chance to offer the many reasons we respect Israel and Judaism (that’s good right?)

4) for those truly anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, anti-semetic haters who are bullies they would see us (Israel friendly Christians) in large numbers…bullies don’t like LARGER groups who oppose them

5) The anti-semetic haters who might be inclined to shout insults or whatever might shout at us (kippah-wearing Christians) instead of our Jewish neighbors (that would be good right?)

6) *DUMB QUESTIN ALERT* would Jews be outraged if they saw us Christians who wear crosses wearing a kippah?

This Jew isn’t fond (understatement) of the yarmulke, other anti-functional and unattractive orthodox clothing traditions from the Middle Ages of any religion or culture, unkemp beards (which Muslims also embrace) and which are prohibited by the Israeli and U.S. militaries, or the symbology of any of it. (I also support laws that outlaw Muslim women face covering, and can’t be a hypocrite.) How about they cover their heads with IDF hats instead.

TrooperJohnSmith | August 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Denmark was the ONLY nation in western Europe to try and protect Jews during WWII. The day after Jews were told to wear a yellow Star of David, the King appeared with one, and soon many, many Danes of all kinds were wearing them.

So, what has changed? Back then there were no Muslims in Denmark, and Danes had not been subjected to incessant, non-stop political correctness indoctrination.

We’re in a culture war, and as in all wars, truth is the first casualty.

It’s time for European Jews to start teaching their children Krav Maga again!

    And in Eastern Europe Poland did much…under the circumstances.
    Stories of Christians like Irena Sendler saving hundreds and hundreds of Jewish children, retained their info and was able to help those Jewish children make their way back to their Jewish families.

    Denmark was NOT the only nation to try and protect its own Jews (while gladly handing over all foreign Jews), and no, the King did NOT wear a yellow star. That is pure fairy tale. The evacuation of the Danish Jews was organised by the Gestapo chief and his deputy.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Milhouse. | August 12, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      My Danish wife tells me differently! 😆

        Well, she’s wrong. History is not a matter of opinion. It is a matter of established fact that Christian X did not wear a yellow star, and that the evacuation of the Danish Jews was orchestrated by Werner Best and Georg Duckwitz, the head and deputy head of the Gestapo. And that the Danes happily handed foreign Jews over to the Germans, just as the Bulgarians did to the Macedonian Jews.


sign me up to Jewish in public. (An Uzi is a religious symbol, right…???)

All kidding aside, I think that is a wonderful idea. But I offered to stand guard at Houston mosques immediately after 9/11, too. And for the same reasons I’d publicly support Jews or Sheiks or whoever from haters.

Purchase an IDF T-shirt and wear it instead of (or in addition to) a kippah. I have yet to be harassed or denigrated while wearing a shirt with the slogan, “Tzva Haganah L’Israel” even though I’m obviously too old to be a Warrior of Israel. (And, no, I’m not Jewish.)

I’m not going to wear a yarmulke. I was impatient with chapel caps. I’d be fine with a gold star of David.

Henry Hawkins | August 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

I expect pro-Jewish/pro-Israel demonstrations stateside, and if one is anywhere near me I plan to be there, per Niemӧller’s caution.

Whenever Muslims start protesting against something, their behavior demonstrates that they should not be viewed as the sympathetic party in a dispute.

Either they don’t have the capacity to notice that the people they’re arguing with are behaving with much more restraint and civility, or they’ve been brought up to despise civility and to honor violent rage. Or both.

Lance de Boyle | August 12, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Marches like that tend to work best when, instead of being armed with a yarmulka, everyone is carrying a baseball bat and a heavy chain. The “Heil Hitler” chick needs to have her face rearranged. Instead of “Never again” (which really means, “Please, don’t kill us”) the battle cry needs to be, “How about we beat the living shit out of you?”

BannedbytheGuardian | August 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I found a secret quick exit in an Ikea store . that led straight out instead of doing the whole gauntlet . Very handy for sneaking in to the cafeteria for cheap meal.

There is always a chink in the armour.

“You stole my land”???

Isn’t she in effing Scandinavia???

Milhouse | August 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Someone in Melbourne got beaten up a few weeks ago for wearing one.(IDF T-shirt)

Fortunately, I live in a free state and practice concealed carry. So do my friends and family. My 1st Amendment rights are backed up by my 2nd Amendment rights. The poor Aussies no longer have either.