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BERLIN – A group of youths attacked a rabbi on Sunday evening in Offenbach, a
city near Franfurt.
Six to eight “Mediterranean looking“ youths attacked
the 39-year-old Rabbi Mendel Gurewitz. The youths pushed the rabbi and called
him a “shitty Jew.
The Orthodox rabbi filed a police
Police spokesman Rudi Neu, in southeast Hesse state where
Offenbach is located, said a criminal complaint was filed and there was probable
cause to investigate for an anti-Semitic hate crime, bodily injury and
After the initial verbal hostility, Gurewitz photographed the
youths with his mobile phone, the police spokesman said. The youths ordered him
to delete the photos.
The alleged attack took place in a shopping center
passage. The authorities are reviewing video cameras from the shopping area for
footage of the event.
Mark Dainow, the deputy director of the Jewish
community in Offenbach, criticized the security personnel at the shopping
location for failing to intervene to stop the aggressive activity of the
Gurewitz was forced to flee the building and the youths pursued
him. A friend of the rabbi drove by and rescued the rabbi by picking him up in
his car. The manager of the shopping mall apologized for the conduct of the
On May 26, three people attacked a 26-year-old Jewish
man in Berlin early in the morning, lightly wounding him. He was wearing a
Tshirt with a pro-Israel emblem on it, and the assailants learned that he was
Jewish in the course of a conversation.
Also last month, an IDF soldier
on leave was among 10 young Israelis who were subjected to an anti-Semitic
verbal attack before the May 24 Beyonce concert in Berlin.
Nathanel Zerad, told JTA that, standing at the head of the line to enter the O2
World Stadium, the Israelis were verbally attacked by a group of about 50
Germans who wanted to move ahead of them.
“Some of them noticed that we
were speaking Hebrew,” Zerad said. “One of them said, ‘You stink, you should go
back to Israel.’ A girl said, ‘You guys smell so bad. Why didn’t he die in the
Holocaust?’” JTA contributed to this report.