Germany 2019: Police searching for 2 Muslims who attacked a rabbi while walking in Berlin
German police are looking for two Muslims who attacked a 55-year-old rabbi while he was walking in Berlin.
A police statement said the victim was identifiable as Jewish by his clothes. He was pushed to the ground by two ‘unidentified suspects’ while walking in the Charlottenburg neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
The victim, Rabbi Jan Aaron Hammel, went home after the attack but called emergency services after feeling sharp pains in his head and one of his legs.
Rabbi Jan Aaron told Bild the attackers insulted him in Arabic before assaulting him.
Police are asking for any information and are searching for the two Muslim assailants.
Two weeks ago, another rabbi was spat upon and cursed at in Arabic by two Muslims in a building in the same general neighborhood.
In addition, police in Munich are investigating a rabbi’s report that he and his two sons were insulted and spat at on the way home from synagogue.
According to official figures, the number of anti-Semitic crimes committed in Germany increased from 1,504 in 2017 to 1,646 in 2018.
The number of cases considered to be violent increased from 37 to 62 over the same period.
In May, Germany’s anti-Semitism commissioner called for German Jews to avoid wearing kippah in public due to security concerns.
“We will never submit, will never lower our gaze and will never react to anti-Semitism with defeatism – and expect and demand our allies act in the same way,” President Reuven Rivlin said following the outrageous remarks.