Jewish communities walk a tight rope when it comes to Islamic hegemony and the need to fight for Europe’s civil liberties in the face of a highly intolerant ideology. So perhaps its a good that Muslims, yet again, co-opt something that’s not its own in order to push its own agenda. Nothing clears the mind and hones the senses better than to have your toes stepped on. KGS
Swiss Muslims’ protest with yellow star called ‘idiotic’
October 31, 2011
BERLIN (JTA) — Muslims in Switzerland used a yellow star to protest discrimination, irking local Jewish leaders.
Some 2,000 people showed up for the Oct. 29 demonstration in Bern initiated by the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland, a conservative Islamic organization, to protest anti-Muslim discrimination. Protesters wore a yellow star sticker printed with the word “Muslim” reminiscent of the one that the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Third Reich. Some protesters constructed a plastic model of a mosque with minarets, which are banned in Switzerland.
Edith Bino, president of the Jewish community in Bern, told the Basler Times that she found the use of the yellow star “so obviously wrong that it could not be taken seriously.” And Yves Kugelmann, editor in chief of the Jewish newspaper Tachles, said he found the choice of symbols “simply idiotic.”