BERLIN (JTA) – A man wearing a Star of David pendant and capÂ was attacked in a Berlin park in what Â investigators suspect was a right-wing hate crime.
The unidentified victim, 67, wasÂ sitting with a friend on a benchÂ in Berlin’s Tiergarten park on Monday afternoon when two men approached and began toÂ harass him, he said. The assailants then repeatedly punched him. He wasÂ treated in a hospital for multiple lacerations to the head.
The assailants were able to flee.
Deidre Berger, director of the Berlin office of American JewishÂ Committee, said in a statement that anti-Semitic attacks in Germany are becomingÂ more common and urged political leaders to implement and support
programs designed to combat the trend.
“For three years, the recommendations of an independent commission ofÂ experts Â [on anti-Semitism] convened by the federal government haveÂ sat unused in a drawer,” Berger noted, adding that proven programsÂ such as Berlin’s “Kreuzberg Initiative Against Anti-Semitism” — whichÂ reaches out especially to youth — are struggling to survive.
In April, a young Israeli living in the capital was beaten outside hisÂ apartment in broad daylight by six young men who identifiedÂ themselves as Palestinian.
In August 2012, Berlin-based Rabbi Daniel Alter was attacked in frontÂ of his home by a group of youths who also threatened to kill his youngÂ daughter. The youths, reported to be of Middle-Eastern origin, asked Alter — who wore a yarmulke — if he was Jewish. He requiredÂ surgery to repair a broken cheekbone.