Several Jewish homes have had the Star of David graffitied onto their front doors in the German capital of Berlin in an apparent throwback to the intimidation tactics adopted during the Nazi persecution of Jews in the 1930s.
At least four cases of such targeting were reported to German police following the Hamas terror attack on Israel on Oct. 7 and the subsequent Israeli retaliatory strikes in the Gaza Strip, the Times of Israel reported.
Images of the vandalism have circulated on social media as Jewish communities feel increasingly under threat after a weekend of mass protests by pro-Palestine supporters across Germany and wider Western Europe.
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Across the world there are many instances of houses belonging to Jews being marked with the Star of David—marking Jews for death—as the Nazi’s did.
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A woman involved in one of the incidents told the Berliner Morgenpost that she found a Star of David scrawled outside her house on Thursday evening. She said there was a mezuzah, a traditional Jewish talisman, on the front door of her apartment in the building.
Another woman, who wears a Star of David pendant and posts pro-Israel information on social media, said she did not know who scrawled the Star of David on her front door, but it could have been anyone from neighbors to opposition activists wishing to intimidate her. In a statement, the woman also rejected suggestions by several of her German friends that the symbol was intended to express solidarity with Israel.
German police said they have launched an investigation into the graffiti incidents and have reinforced security measures around Jewish community sites.