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Attack on Jewish man in Berlin leads police to open hate crime probe

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The 55-year-old victim told police he was wearing clothing that identified him as a Jew when the incident occurred on Tuesday in the western neighbourhood of Charlottenburg.

He returned home before contacting emergency services to report head and leg pain.

Concerns about anti-Jewish sentiments have been on the rise in Germany.

Last month, a rabbi was walking home with his son after conducting a service at a Berlin synagogue when two Arabic-speaking men swore and spat at him.

Germany’s anti-Semitism commissioner made headlines in May when he warned Jews not to wear kippahs – traditional Jewish skullcaps – in public spaces.

The comments were prompted by statistics showing a rise in anti-Semitic crimes in Germany.

According to official figures, the number of anti-Semitic crimes committed in Germany increased from 1,504 in 2017 to 1,646 in 2018, a 10-per-cent rise.

The number of cases considered violent increased from 37 to 62 over the same period.

Statistics on hate crimes compiled by Germany’s Interior Ministry demonstrate that an average of four anti-semitic incidents have been reported every day for nearly 20 years, a prominent news outlet has revealed.

YEE

(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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