In Germany, all people are called on Saturday to wear a Jewish kippah on the day of the al-Quds march in Berlin, an anti-Israel demonstration denouncing the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem.
The call comes from the German anti-Semitism commissioner Felix Klein, after he had previously caused controversy by warning about the wearing of the Jewish religious symbol in public.
Around 2,000 participants were expected for the al-Quds march, which started at 2 pm and leads from Adenauerplatz to Wittenbergplatz.
According to the German media, it is organized by radical Islamic groups.
In recent years, the marches have attracted Hamas and Hezbollah supporters, but also neo-Nazis.
Klein called on Monday for the protest against that march to wear a kippah, and to participate in marches for Israel.
He did that after he had warned last weekend that Jews cannot safely wear a kippah everywhere, because anti-Semitic crimes have recently risen in Germany.
That warning was not well received by many, including Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who spoke of a “capitulation to anti-Semitism.”
A broad alliance of parties and movements also called for counter-protests on Saturday.
The al-Quds day is an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan in protest against Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem.
It was first organized in 1979 by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.
Critics believe that the protest day has an anti-Semitic character.