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Germany commits to ensuring security for Jews with skullcaps

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has stressed Germany's responsibility to ensure security for all Jews wearing skullcaps anywhere in the country without having to fear an anti-Semitic attack.

Steffen Seibert's comments came after the government's anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein, was quoted Saturday as saying he "cannot recommend to Jews that they wear the skullcap at all times everywhere in Germany." That was criticized strongly by Israel's president, among others.

Seibert said Monday "it's the job of the state to ensure that anybody can move around securely with a skullcap in any place of our country." Government statistics released earlier this month showed that the number of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner incidents rose in Germany last year, despite an overall drop in politically motivated crimes.

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