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September 13, 2012 12:07 pm

German Police Investigate Jewish Officer Who Wore Kippah

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Police in Berlin, Germany. Photo: wiki commons.

Times of Israel – A senior Jewish police officer in Berlin is facing disciplinary proceedings for wearing a skullcap in public while on duty. Chief inspector Tuvia Schlesinger was said to have violated police neutrality rules when he donned a white kippah during a demonstration in solidarity with recent victims of anti-Semitic attacks in the city.

On September 2, Schlesinger, 59, was sent by his superiors to police a demonstration in central Berlin. During the event, some 1,000 people marched in solidarity with Rabbi Daniel Alter, who had been injured by attackers because of his faith, and in solidarity with Germany’s Jewish community, which is currently battling a court ruling outlawing ritual circumcision. At the demonstration, during which many people wore skullcaps, a journalist asked Schlesinger if he was Jewish.

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