In October 2021, he attracted international interest and sympathy. In a video, posted on Instagram and titled “Antisemitismus in Deutschland 2021”, he spoke about experiencing pain and embarrassment from antisemitic treatment while checking in at the Leipzig Westin hotel. Ofarim said that he was told to put away his Star of David pendant by a manager, otherwise they would not check him in.   His Instagram video was shared widely, also by the American Jewish Congress, which then started an online petition calling the hotel owner, Marriott, to apologize and educate its employees about antisemitism. On October 5th, about 600 people congregated in front of the hotel to protest antisemitism.
Later, the statements by Ofarim have been contradicted by a hotel employee, and according to closed-circuit television recordings, Ofarim did not wear any neck chain during the time in question. Confronted with the footage, Ofarim then explained that the exclamation came from behind, and that it was not about the star or the chain, but “about something far bigger.”
I have no idea what transpired here, and I'd never heard of Gil Ofarim until a blog reader informed me of the story.