Jewish man attacked in Berlin

A Jewish man is said to have been attacked in the middle of the day in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

The 55-year-old said he was recognizable as a Jew because of his clothes, the police said on Wednesday. Two people had run behind him on Tuesday, one had suddenly stabbed him in the back, and he was overthrown. Subsequently, the duo fled. Because of pain in the head and in one leg, the 55-year-old finally alerted the rescue service from home.

The police assume an anti-Semitic background, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The state police responsible for political offenses was investigating hate crime.

Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt reacted in dismay to the attack: “It is absolutely bitter to see that Jews on German roads are increasingly exposed to an anti-Semitic attack series.” Hate contributions in parliaments and social media ensured that public security for Jews living in Germany would become increasingly fragile, said the president of the European Rabbis Conference.

In late July, the rabbi of the Jewish community, Yehuda Teichtal, was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin. Two men cursed and spit at Teichtal, who was accompanied by one of his children and had previously conducted a service in the district of Wilmersdorf. Hundreds later took part in a solidarity prayer, including Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) and his partner Natalia W├Ârner.

The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, has demanded more civil courage in the fight against anti-Semitism. “(That) just starts at the regular’s table,” said Schuster in an interview with the Bavarian TV. “Since you also have the courage to say when you say: You, are you really aware of what you just said?” Schuster called an example from everyday life.

“I have the feeling that the individual in German society sees this question or this problem of anti-Semitism as a marginal phenomenon to which he may not even attach so much importance,” said Schuster. “I feel, not only in Germany but especially in Germany, that the general social climate is changing, that obviously also red lines are being postponed,” said the president of the Central Council.

Berlin Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) announced to appoint an anti-Semitism officer for the police. This should “police train even more, anti-Semitic incidents to recognize, intervene accordingly and address this issue,” said the SPD politician of the “Berliner Zeitung” (Wednesday). In addition, State Secretary Torsten Akmann (SPD) convene a roundtable against anti-Semitism.