Swiss Muslims Wear Yellow Jewish Star Badges as Protest

Israel National News 2 November 2011
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Swiss Muslims have offended both fellow Muslims and Jews by wearing yellow badges in the shape of a Jewish star, which Nazis forced on Jews so that they could be singled out for derision and deportation, to protest discrimination.

However, there is one difference between the badges: The word "Muslim” was placed on them instead of "Jude" during a 200-strong Islamic protest in the city of Bern.

Other demonstrators carried a plastic replica of a mosque with minarets, which Switzerland recently has banned as an anti-Muslim mood grows in the country.

Two mainstream Muslim groups refused to participate in the demonstration, organized by conservative Muslims, according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency.

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." Yves Kugelmann, editor in chief of the Jewish newspaper Tachles, said the symbols were "simply idiotic."

"It is regrettable when legitimate concerns are raised using false comparisons," Kugelmann told the Basler Times. (...)