Extremist Muslims in Germany have been staging anti-Israel and anti-Trump protests since the U.S. President Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week. These protests have seen widespread coverage in the German press. One of these protests was scheduled to take place a short time before the scheduled lighting of the Menorah Tuesday night by Chabad of Berlin in the square in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

The protesters obtained the required permits to hold a legal protest, something which caused a great deal of anguish for the Jewish community.

Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, Chief Rabbi of the Berlin community said: "We knew that if the protest took place in the same square as the candle lighting that it would be a catastrophe. Since the protest organizers already procured the required authorization, we approached the top level of the Berlin police and requested that the protest not be allowed to go on in the same square. Due to our urgent plea, the police commissioner moved the protest to another location."

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