פיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורג
Police at the scene of the attack in Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Reuters
Police at the scene of the attack in Hamburg, Germany

Jewish man assaulted, wounded outside Hamburg synagogue

Victim hit in the head with what appeared to be a folding spade by man wearing military-style clothing; suspected assailant had a piece of paper with a swastika in his pocket

Associated Press |
Published: 10.04.20 , 23:56
A Jewish man was assaulted and wounded outside a synagogue in Hamburg on Sunday, police said, in what appears to be an anti-Semitic attack.
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  • The suspected perpetrator was arrested, and Germany's foreign minister denounced the assault as "repugnant anti-Semitism."
    פיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורגפיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורג
    Police at the scene of the attack in Hamburg, Germany
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    The 26-year-old victim, who was apparently about to enter the synagogue grounds, was hit in the head with what appeared to be a folding spade, police said. The suspect, a 29-year-old German man, was wearing military-style clothing.
    The victim was given first aid at the scene by passers-by, then taken to a hospital with injuries that were described as "significant" but not life-threatening.
    פיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורגפיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורג
    The scene of the attack in Hamburg, Germany
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    Officers who were on hand to protect the synagogue arrested the suspect, a police statement said. It added that the background to the assault is under investigation.
    The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, which first reported on the assault, said that the victim is a Jewish student who was wearing a skullcap. Police later said that the suspect, a German with Kazakh roots, left an "extremely confused impression" and questioning him was difficult.
    פיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורגפיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורג
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    News agency dpa reported, without citing sources, that the suspected assailant had a piece of paper with a swastika in his pocket.
    The assault, which occurred during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, comes amid heightened concern in Germany over anti-Semitism and far-right extremism.
    פיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורגפיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורג
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    Nearly a year ago, a heavily armed white supremacist targeted a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. He killed a passer-by and a man at a nearby kebab stall after failing to force his way into the building.
    Security has since been increased at Jewish institutions across the country.
    "This is not an isolated case - this is repugnant anti-Semitism and we must all stand up against it," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted.
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