A Jewish teenager who was wearing a kippah was reportedly assaulted in Germany by a Muslim, man who whipped the victim with his belt.
A video of the attack was posted to Facebook and subsequently shared by a Jewish advocacy group. According to The Times of Israel, the video depicts an “apparently Muslim attacker” lashing the teen with his belt while calling out “Yahudi,” or “Jew” in Arabic, before a passerby intervenes.
The assault occurred at the Helmholtzplatz, a public park in the Prenzlauer Berg area of Berlin.
The teen, Adam Armush, was located and interviewed by Israel’s Kan public broadcaster near his home in Prenzlauer Berg.
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“It happened right here, next to my home, when I was on my way to the train station with my friend,” Armush said in a Hebrew-language interview. “The truth is, I’m surprised something like this happened to me. I’m still in shock.”
“We came out of our home, my friend and I, wearing our kippas, and walked down the street. We weren’t talking with anyone else. Three people came from over there,” Armush said, pointing down the street, “and started cursing us from over there. We didn’t talk to anyone, didn’t answer them. So when they kept cursing us, my friend asked them to stop cursing, and that got them angry. So one of them ran at me. I immediately felt it was important to film, because I didn’t think we could catch him before police arrived. I wanted to give police something to go on.”
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On Tuesday, the Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Antisemitism posted information about the incident, indicating that the Berlin police confirmed details of the attack and have launched an investigation.
“It is unbearable to see a young Jewish man being attacked on the street in the well-situated Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin because he is recognized as a Jew,” Levi Salomon, spokesman for the group, said in a statement. “This shows that Jewish people are not safe here either.”