Berlin Jews warn of 'alarming' rise in anti-Semitic violence
Berlin Jewish community: There's an urgent need to fight the roots of anti-Semitism, especially coming from young Turks and Arabs.
Germany's Jewish community on Monday warned of an "alarming" rise in anti-Semitic violence by Arab and Turkish immigrants after Berlin police reported two unrelated attacks against Jews over the weekend.
"There's an urgent need to fight the roots of anti-Semitism, especially coming from young Turks and Arabs, and to effectively counter it," the Jewish Community in Berlin said in a statement.
"That the violence from the immigrant community is being increasingly aimed at Jews or people they assume are Jews is alarming," it added.
A sensitive issue in Germany because of its Nazi past, even relatively minor reports of anti-Semitic violence make the news.
Police reported over the weekend that two women and a man were beaten, struck on the head with beer bottles and insulted by a gang of immigrants in an underground station.
Local media reports said the three were first asked if they were Jewish. The attack started after they said yes. Police said they were searching for the assailants.
In a separate incident, a 61-year-old German was detained after shouting anti-Semitic slogans at two 10-year-old girls at a train station. He threatened to beat a 28-year-old man who tried to protect them with a beer bottle.
He was detained and faces charges of inciting racial hatred and attempted bodily harm.
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