Israeli Beaten on Berlin Street in Broad Daylight

Arab Group Asked Nationality Befor Attack

By JTA

Published April 29, 2014.
  • Print
  • Share Share

A Jewish leader in Germany has called for public condemnation of an anti-Semitic attack that occurred in Berlin.

Deidre Berger, head of the American Jewish Committee office in Berlin, said in a statement Monday that it is unacceptable that no politicians have publicly responded to the incident which occurred on April 25, in which a young Israeli living in Berlin was encircled and beaten outside his apartment by six young men who identified themselves as Palestinian.

“Especially today, on Yom Hashoah, it has to be made clear that anti-Semitism and violent hatred can have no place in this society,” Berger said, adding that she trusted the Berlin police “to do everything possible to identify the perpetrators as soon as possible.”

There also must be more support for programs that combat anti-Semitism among youth of Arab and Turkish background, Berger added. “This problem must no longer be swept under the rug.”

The incident took place in broad daylight on April 25, when a 31-year-old Israeli man left his apartment with a female companion. He later told police that a group of six young men accosted him verbally, then encircled him and punched him in the face. According to news reports, the woman was not attacked.

The victim, who was treated for facial wounds in a nearby hospital, reported that the same young men had approached him the day before and asked about his nationality, to which he responded that he was an Israeli citizen. In Arabic, they said they were Palestinian and proceeded to curse out Israel.

In August 2012, Berlin-based Rabbi Daniel Alter was brutally beaten in broad daylight by a group of youths who also threatened to kill his young daughter. The youths, believed to be of Middle-Eastern origin, had first asked if Alter – who wore a yarmulke – was Jewish. He required surgery to repair a broken cheekbone.

Two weeks later, Jewish schoolgirls in Berlin were subjected to an anti-Semitic verbal hazing by teenage girls, also described as being of Middle Eastern origin.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Are Michelangelo's paintings anti-Semitic? Meet the Jews of the Sistine Chapel: http://jd.fo/i4UDl
  • What does the Israel-Hamas war look like through Haredi eyes?
  • Was Israel really shocked to find there are networks of tunnels under Gaza?
  • “Going to Berlin, I had a sense of something waiting there for me. I was searching for something and felt I could unlock it by walking the streets where my grandfather walked and where my father grew up.”
  • How can 3 contradictory theories of Yiddish co-exist? Share this with Yiddish lovers!
  • "We must answer truthfully: Has a drop of all this bloodshed really helped bring us to a better place?”
  • "There are two roads. We have repeatedly taken the one more traveled, and that has made all the difference." Dahlia Scheindlin looks at the roots of Israel's conflict with Gaza.
  • Shalom, Cooperstown! Cooperstown Jewish mayor Jeff Katz and Jeff Idelson, director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, work together to oversee induction weekend.
  • A boost for morale, if not morals.
  • Mixed marriages in Israel are tough in times of peace. So, how do you maintain a family bubble in the midst of war? http://jd.fo/f4VeG
  • Despite the escalating violence in Israel, more and more Jews are leaving their homes in Alaska to make aliyah: http://jd.fo/g4SIa
  • The Workmen's Circle is hosting New York’s first Jewish street fair on Sunday. Bring on the nouveau deli!
  • Novelist Sayed Kashua finds it hard to write about the heartbreak of Gaza from the plush confines of Debra Winger's Manhattan pad. Tough to argue with that, whichever side of the conflict you are on.
  • "I’ve never bought illegal drugs, but I imagine a small-time drug deal to feel a bit like buying hummus underground in Brooklyn."
  • We try to show things that get less exposed to the public here. We don’t look to document things that are nice or that people would like. We don’t try to show this place as a beautiful place.”
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.