“I wouldn’t be a good Muslim if I didn’t champion Jewish life in my home city, Berlin”

WASHINGTON POST
Nazis destroyed this Berlin synagogue. A Muslim politician and a Jewish leader want to rebuild it.
by Luisa Beck
April 1, 2018

Along a narrow canal in one of Berlin’s largest Turkish and Muslim neighborhoods sits a synagogue’s ghost — the site of a worship hall that was largely destroyed by the Nazis on the November night in 1938 known as Kristallnacht. Eighty years later, a Palestinian-born German politician and the leader of Berlin’s Jewish community stood together on a recent morning outside the vanished building’s single remaining wing and outlined a plan to give the ghost new life. If they can raise the funds, the two hope to completely rebuild the Fraenkelufer synagogue as a house of worship and neighborhood meeting place for people of all faiths and none. READ MORE

NEW YORK TIMES Jews Are Being Murdered in Paris. Again. Jews represent less than 1 percent of the population in France, yet in 2014, 51 percent of all racist attacks were carried out against them, according to the French Interior Ministry.

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