Jan Aaron Hammel (in the middle)

Berlin police investigating attack on rabbi, 2nd in 2 weeks

The daily newspaper Bild reports the attackers insulted Rabbi Jan Aaron Hammel in Arabic before pushing him to the ground in the Charlottenburg neighborhood of the German capital; he was treated for pain in his leg and head

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.


Jan Aaron Hammel (in the middle)
Jan Aaron Hammel (in the middle)


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.


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.


Both attacks are being investigated as hate crimes.


In addition, police in the German city of Munich said last week are investigating a rabbi's report that he and his two sons were insulted and spat at on the way home from synagogue.


The police said the 53-year-old rabbi and his sons, both 19, reported that a man approached them and yelled anti-Semitic slurs as they left a central synagogue on Saturday.


A woman in a nearby car joined in, then spat at one of the boys when he approached her.


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