A kippah-wearing Jewish teenager was reportedly assaulted in Berlin by a Muslim man in an anti-Semitic attack.
A video of the incident, which was posted to Facebook and shared by a Jewish advocacy group, shows an apparently Muslim attacker whipping the teen with his belt while calling out, “Yahudi,” or “Jew” in Arabic, before he is stopped by a passerby.
The incident took place at the Helmholtzplatz, a public park in the Prenzlauer Berg part of Berlin.
Israel’s Kan public broadcaster located the teen, Adam Armush, and interviewed him 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 told the network in a Hebrew-language interview.
“The truth is, I’m surprised something like this happened to me. I’m still in shock,” he said.
“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” — he points 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.”
According to the Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Antisemitism, which posted online about the incident on Tuesday, Berlin police confirmed details of the incident 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,” he added.