Rabbi assaulted in Berlin — second such attack in as many weeks

  • A German publication said the victim’s name is Rabbi Jan Aaron Hammel 
  • Comes just two weeks after another rabbi was sworn at and insulted in Berlin 
  • Reports said the attacker spoke in Arabic before assaulting the Rabbi 
  • Other hate crimes have been reported in Potsdam and Munich
  • Report found that anti-semitism among immigrant Muslims is pervasive 
  •  Victim Rabbi Teichtal called for ‘tolerance, dialogue and training’ in statement

Berlin police said Thursday that they were investigating an attack on a rabbi, the second in as many weeks in the German capital.

Police said the victim, identifiable as Jewish by his attire, was pushed to the ground by two unidentified suspects while walking in the Charlottenburg neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. They said he was treated in a hospital for pain in his leg and head.

They didn’t identify the victim, but the daily Bild gave his name as Jan Aaron Hammel. The rabbi told Bild the men insulted him in Arabic before assaulting him.

Two weeks ago, another rabbi reported being spat upon and cursed at in Arabic by two men in a building in the same general neighborhood as he walked by. Chabad Shliach Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal was walking past an apartment building in the Wilmersdorf neighborhood on a Friday night when, he said. he was spat at and sworn at by two men inside the building. Teichtal, who said the two men spoke in Arabic, called in a statement for “tolerance, dialogue and training.”

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