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Rabbi is assaulted in Berlin in second such attack in the German capital in two weeks 

Rabbi is assaulted in Berlin in second such attack in the German capital in two weeks

  • A German publication said the victim’s name is Rabbi Jan Aaron Hammel 
  • Comes just two weeks after another rabbi was sworn at and insulted in Berlin 
  • Reports said the attacker spoke in Arabic before assaulting the Rabbi 
  • Other hate crimes have been reported in Potsdam and Munich
  • Report found that anti-semitism among immigrant Muslims is pervasive 
  •  Victim Rabbi Teichtal called for ‘tolerance, dialogue and training’ in statement

Berlin police say two unidentified suspects pushed a Rabbi to the ground in Charlottenburg, Berlin making this the second anti-semitic attack in the capital in two weeks. 

Police said Thursday the victim was identifiable as Jewish by his attire and was treated in hospital for pains in his legs and hands.

Though police did not name the victim, the daily German Bild newspaper identified him as Jan Aaron Hammel.  

German police are investigating after a prominent Berlin rabbi was spat at on his way home from a synagogue

According to the publication, the men spoke Arabic before pushing him.  

Two weeks ago, another rabbi, Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, said he was insulted and sworn at by two Arabic-speaking men in Wilmersdorf, a district of Berlin. 

After the incident, he called for ‘tolerance, dialogue and training’ in a statement. 

An attack in Munich saw a man verbally abused and one of his 19-year-old sons spat on and a Potsdam man wearing a kippa had anti-semitic slurs shouted at him as he alighted a tram.

Police said most of the attacks have been on men who appeared Jewish from their attire.  

A recent study by the American Jewish Committee’s Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in Berlin found that anti-semitism is pervasive among the million immigrant Muslims in Germany. 

Rabbi Teichtal, pictured right, was the victim of an anti-semitic attack wherein two Arabic speaking men in Wilmersdorf verbally abused him at the end of July

Rabbi Teichtal, pictured right, was the victim of an anti-semitic attack wherein two Arabic speaking men in Wilmersdorf verbally abused him at the end of July

Of the 68 refugees interviewed in the study, a large amount were found to have positive views of Germany but held negative, paranoid beliefs about Jews and Israel. 

Theories of a Jewish power conspiracy were persistent. 

The study was a response to a series of anti-Israel protests in the German capital where makeshift Israel flags were burnt accompanied by aggressive anti-Israel chanting.   

The study, like Teichtal, advised education as the solution to the rising incidence of anti-semitism in Berlin. 

All of the attacks mentioned above are being investigated as hate crimes.  

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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