BERLIN (JTA) – Members of a German pro-Israel group wereÂ injured in an anti-Semitic attack while demonstratingÂ solidarity with three Israeli teens kidnapped in the West Bank.
A complaint was lodged with local police.
The incident took place at a national “Bring Back Our Boys” rally inÂ Hamburg on June 19, organized by the Young Forum of the German-Israel Society andÂ the Hamburg for Israel network, the JuedischeÂ Allgemeine, Germany’s main Jewish newspaper, reported Monday.
A counter-demonstratorÂ reportedly threw an 83-year-old man to theÂ ground. The man’s daughter was assaulted physically and verbally whileÂ trying to protect him. The man was treated in the hospital for aÂ head wound.
The counter-demonstration reportedly was organized by the German branch of theÂ anti-globalization ATTAC group.
Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, toldÂ the Allgemeine he was shocked and extremely worried that “this kind ofÂ pure hatred against Israel not only exists in Germany but is expressed
in violent assaults.”
He said he counted on local authorities to “quickly apprehend theÂ perpetrators and bring them to justice.”
Ina Dinslage, spokesperson for the young forum in Hamburg, told theÂ Allgemeine she was shocked at the attack. “We wanted to show ourÂ solidarity with the kidnapped teens,” she said.
Graumann said he hoped for more such demonstrations for democracy andÂ peace, “values that Israel has always stood for.”