Rabbi is spit on by & # 39; two men who speak Arabic & # 39; in anti-Semitic attack while on his way home from the synagogue with his son in Berlin
- Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal said he was insulted and sworn by two men on Friday
- He walked past an apartment building when they spit at him, the authorities say
- Police said today that they treat the incident as a religiously motivated crime
German police investigate after a prominent Berlin rabbi was spit out of a synagogue on his way home.
Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal said he was insulted and sworn in by two Arabic-speaking men in Wilmersdorf, a district of Berlin on Friday night.
He and his son walked past an apartment building when the two men spit at him from the building, the authorities say.
Police said today that they are treating the incident as a religiously motivated crime and are currently looking for suspects.
German police investigate after a prominent Berlin rabbi was spewed on his way home from a synagogue (stock photo)
In a statement on a Jewish community website, Mr. Teichtal said he was on his way to a service at the synagogue.
He said: & # 39; Unfortunately we must say that aggression against Jews has taken on a life of its own, both in schools and on the streets of Berlin.
& # 39; I remain convinced that most people in Berlin do not want to accept this aggression against Jews as a sad part of daily Jewish life.
Calling on & # 39; love, tolerance, dialogue and education & # 39 ;, he added: & # 39; Most Berliners want Jews to be able to live freely without fear of being offended, spit or even beaten. & # 39;
Community leader Gideon Joffe greeted Teichtal as a & # 39; preacher of love & # 39; and said he was in favor of good relationships between religious groups.
& # 39; In recent years we have heard a lot about hate preachers who incite hatred between people with different beliefs, & # 39; said Mr. Joffe.
& # 39; Our rabbi Teichtal is the opposite. In the Jewish community in Berlin, he has gained the reputation of being a & # 39; love preacher & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Therefore, the fact that even our rabbi Teichtal is attacked when he was with a child is an ironic twist of destiny.
& # 39; This incident shows how important it is to strengthen the fight against anti-Semitism with further practical measures.
& # 39; In particular, police officers must ensure that our worshipers can come and go to the synagogue without problems. & # 39;
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