For Second Time in Two Weeks, Rabbi Assaulted in Berlin

Local police say rabbi was pushed to the ground by unidentified suspects. In separate incident, different rabbi was spat at and cursed on the street

File photo:People wear Jewish skullcaps, as they attend a demonstration against an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018.
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Berlin police are investigating an attack on a rabbi, the second in as many weeks in the German capital.

Police said Thursday the victim, identifiable as Jewish by his attire, was pushed to the ground by two unidentified suspects while walking in the Charlottenburg neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. They say he was treated in a hospital for pain in his leg and head.

They didn't identify the victim, but the daily Bild gave his name as Jan Aaron Hammel. The rabbi told Bild the men insulted him in Arabic before assaulting him.

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Two weeks ago, another rabbi reported being spat upon and cursed at in Arabic by two men in a building in the same general neighborhood as he walked by.

Police said Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal was walking past an apartment building when he said he was spat at and sworn at by two men inside the building.

Teichtal, who said the two men spoke in Arabic, called in a statement for "tolerance, dialogue and training."

Despite increasing anti-Semitic incidents, he says he remains "convinced most people in Berlin do not want to accept this aggression against Jews as a sad part of everyday Jewish life."

Both attacks are being investigated as hate crimes.