German's Jewish community is taking extra precautions in light of the recent rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, the Guardian reported Sunday, after a local magazine Jüdisches Berlin announced that all future editions will be delivered in blank envelopes to avoid attention.
“We decided to do so despite the significant additional costs, to reduce the likelihood of hostility toward our more than 10,000 community members,” Berlin Jewish community spokesman Ilan Kiesling told the Tagesspiegel newspaper.
Community leader Gideon Joffe stated in the latest edition that the precautions were absolutely necessary.
“Israelis are beaten up in Berlin solely on the grounds that they are Israeli Jews," he wrote. "We are not yet – I repeat yet – at the stage where Jews are being murdered in Germany just because they are Jews. But measures have to be taken to protect the democratic rule of law.”
The anti-Semitic violence that has been on the rise in Europe has also reared its ugly head in Germany where, during last summer’s war in Gaza, protesters waving Palestinian Authority flags and pictures of late PA leader Yasser Arafat shouted anti-Semitic slogans at rallies against Israeli military action.
Exclaiming "Allahu Akbar" (God is great), crowds in Berlin have reportedly yelled "Death to Israel" and chanted "Zionists are fascists, killing children and civilians".
In one particularly shocking video, thousands of demonstrators can be heard chanting "Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come on out and fight on your own".
To top that, a Berlin imam has openly prayed for the annihilation of Zionist Jews, asking Allah to "kill them to the very last one."