5 Signs You’re In A Muslim Migrant Berlin Neighborhood [Photo Essay]

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The following photographs were taken in the Berlin borough of Neukölln, a growing outpost for Muslim migrants but which also has its parts for hipsters. Arabic speech/ signs, women in hijabs, and lots of men were ubiquitous when I passed through. Here are the top signs you’re in a Muslim neighborhood in Germany; I know, because we have them in Israel.

5. Lots of kabob joints and a bakery named “Al Jazeera”

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4. Signs for Islam enrichment sponsored by Israel’s dearest “neighbors”

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3. Coffee shops for men only, where posses of men smoke cigarettes and hookahs (their replacement for bars)

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2. Window shopping for tacky, glittery wedding gowns and modest Muslim outfits

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1. Left-wing Jewish allies

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This post was modified from its original version in Orit’s blog in the Jewish Journal, “An Israeli Refugee in Berlin.”

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