Germany: Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Berlin spat at and insulted in Arabic language by two men

The Rabbi of the Jewish Community in Berlin, Yehuda Teichtal, was insulted in the Arabic language and spat on by two men last weekend. The attack took place near a synagogue in the Wilmersdorf district, where Rabbi Teichtal had previously celebrated the worship service. After Rabbi Teichtal, who was accompanied by one of his children during the attack, had reported the incident to the police, the police started the investigation. Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal: “Unfortunately we have to state that the aggressions against Jews have developed a life of their own both in the schoolyards and on the streets of Berlin. But I remain convinced that most people in Berlin do not want to accept this aggression against Jews as a sad part of everyday Jewish life. Most people in Berlin want Jewish people to be able to live their Judaism openly without being afraid of being insulted, spat at or even beaten. Of course we will not hide now, but continue to build on love, tolerance, dialogue and education”.

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