In Berlin there has been a new attack on a Jew. A 21-year-old man is said to have been attacked for anti-Semitic motives, according to police. According to previous findings, he talked on Monday morning in front of a nightclub in the district Friedrichshain with three friends of the same age in Hebrew. A stranger had heard this, went to the 21-year-olds and hit him with his fist in the face. According to the information, the attacker then fled the scene. The victim was injured in the face.
The police assume an anti-Semitic background. The police state protection at the state criminal police Berlin took over the investigations.
In recent weeks and months, anti-Semitic motivated attacks have accumulated. In mid-August, a Jewish man in the district of Charlottenburg was attacked, in mid-June, the Hamburg State Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky and a companion in front of the Hamburg City Hall were abused and threatened. In late July, the rabbi of the Jewish community, Yehuda Teichtal, was the victim of an attack in Berlin. Near a synagogue, two men cursed and spit at the rabbi, who was traveling with his children.
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"We have been seeing for some years that people who are publicly perceived as Jews are at an increased risk of being attacked," said Alexander Rasumny of the Federal Association of Research and Information Centers Anti-Semitism (RIAS) of the Jewish General.
The attacks on rabbis in recent weeks confirm this development. More than 300 anti-Semitic incidents have already been reported this year at RIAS-Berlin, including more than ten attacks. RIAS assumes a significantly higher number of unreported cases. According to police, in Berlin, the number of violent acts against Jews has increased by 60 percent compared to last year.