There have been a handful of antisemitic attacks in Berlin in recent years. Most recently, 26-year-old Israeli Shahak Shapira was assaulted by Muslim youths on New Year’s Day as he tried to film them.
The magazine Jüdisches Berlin, or Jewish Berlin, a monthly magazine serving Berlin’s Jewish community will be delivered to subscribers in blank envelopes from now on, in the wake of recent deadly antisemitic attacks across Europe, its latest edition announced.
“We decided to do so despite the significant additional costs, to reduce the likelihood of hostility towards our more than 10,000 community members,” spokesman Ilan Kiesling told Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper.
In a foreword to the latest issue, Gideon Joffe, head of the Jewish Community of Berlin, which publishes the magazine, wrote: “Israelis are beaten up in Berlin solely on the grounds that they are Israeli Jews. 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.” Joffe also wrote that, in light of recent antisemitic attacks around Europe, the organisation had consulted Berlin’s interior administration and police, taking steps to increase security arrangements.