JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry has condemned an attack this week on a Jewish man in Berlin by a group of youths of apparent Arab origin.

Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson denounced what he called “a brutal act of racism.”

German police say four youths struck the man in the head Tuesday evening, insulted him and his religion and threatened to kill his 6-year-old daughter. Before the attack, one of the assailants asked the man, “Are you a Jew?”

The man was hospitalized and his attackers fled. German authorities vowed to make every effort to arrest them.

Hirschson said Thursday that Israel hoped Germany would bring those responsible to justice.

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