RAED Saleh, a Palestinian born in the West Bank, wants to rebuild a synagogue in Berlin.
Saleh, now a Berlin politician, aims to reconstruct the Fraenkelufer Synagogue, that was largely destroyed in the Kristallnacht pogrom of 1938.
His goal is to make a statement against growing antisemitism in the German capital — and against discrimination targeting Muslims, too.
“If you say you want to support Jewish life in Germany and Berlin and Europe, and you don’t just want to pay lip service, then you have to carry it out concretely,” said Saleh, 40, who emigrated to Germany with his family when he was five.
Saleh, senator and leader of the Social Democratic Party, first proposed the project in November. He campaigned for — and won — support from the Berlin Senate.
Berlin Jewish community president Gideon Joffe said: “I would never have thought that a Berliner of Palestinian background would help the Jewish community.
“I find it to be a fantastic story that allows us to look with hope into the future.”