Berlin 2019: American tourist punched in the face for saying he was Jewish
A 23-year-old American tourist was punched in the face in Berlin after telling a group of men of undisclosed ethnicity who were harassing him, that he was Jewish.
The attack occurred in a park in the Steglitz district at about 9 p.m. when three people in a mob of 10 began to harass him. One reportedly asked the tourist about his religion, then hit him in the face after he answered that he was Jewish.
The man suffered a black eye in the attack which he reported via a police website, according to local sources.
Police are investigating the attack as an anti-Semitic crime.
Earlier this week, an Orthodox rabbi and a 20-year-old man, both wearing kippahs, were attacked with antisemitic slurs in separate incidents in Germany.
In May, the German government’s top official against anti-Semitism said he wouldn’t advise Jews to wear kippahs in parts of the country.
President Reuven Rivlin expressed shock at Germany’s anti-Semitism commissioner call 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 Rivlin said.