Why a Kippah Generates Hate

Last week a firestorm erupted in France when Rony Brauman, a former president of the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, speculated that the wearing of a kippah by Jews was seen “as an affirmation of loyalty to Israel” in addition to being a statement of faith. The context for the statement made in an interview given to the Europe1 radio station was the stabbing attack on a religious Jew by an ISIS sympathizer in Marseille. The implication was clear. In the eyes of a prominent member of Europe’s elite, a Jewish religious head covering was a red flag to those who hate Israel. Brauman was widely condemned for seeming to rationalize religious prejudice, and he walked his statement back but still blamed the CRIF — the umbrella organization of the French Jewish community — for causing the problem by saying that the Jewish community stands in solidarity with Israel.

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Why a Kippah Generates Hate

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