- The Washington Times - Friday, January 23, 2015

Shalom Koresh, a barber in Israel, says he’s created what he hopes will prove a “magic” yarmulke of hair that will keep Jewish people safe from attack. How?

By allowing those of the faith the ability to cover their heads, in line with their beliefs, but in a more subdued manner so they don’t attract attention from anti-Semites, The Associated Press reported.

He said his skullcap, dubbed the “Magic Kippa,” is fashioned from real hair and “is washable,” crushable and dyeable, AP said. The skullcap is called a yarmulke in Yiddish and a kippa in Hebrew.

“It was created so people could feel comfortable going to places where they are afraid to go, or places where they can’t wear it, and feel secure,” Mr. Koresh said, AP reported.

Many Jews in Europe and in France, especially, have reported discomfort — and even fear — walking around the streets while wearing signs of their faith. The European Union found in 2013 that one in five Jews in Europe avoid wearing kippas, or yarmulkes, in public out of fear of attack.

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