Star of David is graffitied on Jewish homes in Berlin after Hamas attacks on Israel – in a chilling echo of anti-Semitic persecution of Jews under the Nazis
- One woman said she was ‘scared’ after finding the symbol on her apartment door
The Star of David has been graffitied on the doors of homes in Berlin, in a chilling echo of the anti-Semitic persecution of Jewish people under the Nazis.
Photos circulating online show the symbol affixed to several buildings. Four cases have been reported to German police in recent days.
Jewish people living in the German capital have reported an increase in abuse following Hamas’ bloody attack on Israel last week.
Among those targeted by vandalism was a young Jewish woman, who said she was shocked when she returned to her apartment Thursday evening to find a star on her door.
The Star of David has been graffitied on the doors of homes in Berlin in a chilling echo of the anti-Semitic persecution of Jewish people under the Nazis
The incidents amount to a crime under German law and appear to be an imitation of the persecution of Jews in the 1930s.
“I speak Hebrew, talk on the phone in Hebrew and wear a Star of David… I really thought about whether I should stay home,” the woman said. Image.
The police say they are now investigating ‘whether the other houses have a Jewish resident and whether the incidents are related.’
The incidents constitute a crime under German law and appear to be an imitation of the persecution of Jews in the 1930s.
During the Holocaust, Nazi brownshirts painted the Star of David in white on the doors of Jewish businesses to discourage non-Jewish Germans from entering.
It comes as a German intelligence chief claimed that “some Palestinians are openly and shamelessly calling for a kind of Kristallnacht 2.0,” referring to the Nazis’ violent, coordinated attacks on Jewish homes and businesses in 1938.
Stephan Kramer, head of domestic intelligence in the state of Thuringia, told Handelsblatt that radicalized sympathizers “could potentially carry out concrete attacks on Jewish and Israeli institutions and people” amid Hamas’ terror on Israel.
Incidents of anti-Semitism have stoked fears for Jewish people across Europe since the conflict erupted in Israel last Saturday.
Jewish people in Berlin have shared photos of the Star of David scrawled on a number of buildings
According to reports, graffiti on a synagogue in Madrid read “Free Palestine” next to a crossed-out Star of David.
France, home to Europe’s largest Jewish community, has recorded 50 arrests in connection with anti-Semitic acts.
“There are people in large numbers in front of the synagogues shouting threats,” French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said in a television program.
“We have detected drones with a camera entering school yards,” he added.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged £3 million to help protect Jewish schools, some of which have been forced to close for security reasons, and synagogues.
The CST, a protection group for the Jewish community, said a 324 percent increase in cases of anti-Semitism was recorded in the four days after October 7 compared to the same period last year.
Since last weekend, attacks on Israel by Hamas have killed at least Israeli civilians, most of whom are civilians.
At least 2,200 people have been killed in Gaza as Israeli forces retaliated.