Jewish German spat on for wearing kippah in public

Officials had identified two Syrian nationals as the alleged perpetrators, reported a spokesman of Brandenburg police on Sunday.

By ALEX WINSTON
July 29, 2019 06:43
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A man wearing a kippah listens to speakers during an anti-Semitism protest at Berlin's Brandenburg G

A man wearing a kippah listens to speakers during an anti-Semitism protest at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A Jewish resident of the German city of Potsdam, near Berlin, who wore a kippah with a Star of David, was attacked and insulted in front of Potsdam Central Station.

Officials had identified two Syrian nationals as the alleged perpetrators, reported a spokesman of Brandenburg police on Sunday. Police are treating it as a hate crime.

The 25-year-old student told German press that he wears the kippah daily.

"When I got off the tram at the main station, I noticed shadows behind me," he reported.

The next moment he was spat on with antisemitic threats and gestures. He then alerted the federal police. The 2 Syrians were taken for questioning and later released whilst the investigation is ongoing.

Germany has witnessed growing antisemitic attacks recently, leading to a warning from the country’s commissioner on combating antisemitism about not wearing kippot in public spaces.

This in turn led to Germany’s best-selling newspaper Bild to print an extraordinary front-page commentary in May declaring that, “The kippah belongs to Germany,” with a cut out of a kippah that could be worn as a sign of solidarity against rising antisemitism in Germany.



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