Two Jewish Men Beaten With Belts In Shocking Anti-Semitic Attack In Berlin

Apr 20, 2018, 00:56
Two Jewish Men Beaten With Belts In Shocking Anti-Semitic Attack In Berlin

The younger victim was treated for minor injuries and subsequently told public broadcasters that he and his Jewish friend had been "walking on the street as normal", minding their business, when the attack began.

The film shows the attacker hitting the men with his belt, the BBC said.

'We came out of our home, my friend and I, wearing our kippas, and walked down the street.

"They kept cursing us and my friend asked them to stop cursing", Armoush told Israeli Kan TV in Hebrew.

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"One of them got real aggressive and ran to me with his belt", Adam said. "I wanted to give police something to go on". "I'm not Jewish, I'm an Israeli, I grew up in Israel in an Arab family", he told Deutsche Welle television. "I wanted to have evidence for police and the German people and the word to see how awful it is these days as a Jew to go through Berlin streets".

'It was an experience for me to wear the kippa yesterday and go out, ' he said, surprised that the reaction they got was so violent.

"I am very sad but at the same time I'm happy that we were able to achieve something with the video", he said, speaking fluent German.

'I could not sleep at all last night, my body hurts in various places, and I just feel less safe'.

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Berlin police said a 21-year-old Israeli and his 24-year-old German companion, who wore a kippah, were traveling in Prenzlauer Berg on Tuesday evening when three men attacked them.

The attacker was filmed shouting anti-Semitic abuse and the video of the incident was later shared on Facebook, the BBC has reported. JFDA representative Levi Salomon called the attack "intolerable", adding that the attack showed that Jews were not safe even in affluent areas of Berlin. "We don't need any more sermons, something needs to be done".

"Berlin is a city of freedom, for which we fight on a daily basis by clearly positioning, educating and actively opposing anti-Semitism, racism and hatred, and I am sure that the police and investigative authorities do everything necessary to capture the perpetrators and prosecute them". He urged policymakers and civil society to unite in finding an adequate response to a growing number of anti-Semitic incidents, particularly pronounced in circles of young Muslim males.

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