Muslim Caught on Video Attacking Jewish Man in Berlin

Merkel called the attack in the city's trendy Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood “a very horrible incident” and vowed the government would respond “with full force and resolve” against growing anti Semitism in Germany

Berlin police said a 21-year-old Israeli and his 24-year-old German companion, who wore a kippah, were traveling in Prenzlauer Berg on Tuesday evening when three men attacked them.

The film shows the attacker hitting the men with his belt, the BBC said.

Merkel called the attack in the city's trendy Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood "a very terrible incident" and vowed the government would respond "with full force and resolve" against growing anti-Semitism in Germany.

More than 200,000 Jews live in Germany, the BBC reported.

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"I am a little afraid now, and disappointed", he said, adding that he nevertheless planned to continue wearing the kippa in Berlin.

It happened right here, next to my home, when I was on my way to the train station with my friend.

The State Protection Office of the German police, which is responsible for politically-motivated offenses, has launched an investigation into the case. "I'm still in shock". "It was an experience for me to wear the skullcap and go out into the street yesterday". We weren't talking with anyone else.

The video doesn't show the outbreak of the fight or how it started, but Armoush told Israeli Kan TV said he was leaving his Berlin home when the three people started cursing at them. "It marks the lives of those affected, and we must not leave them to deal with it alone".

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"I was saying it's really safe and I wanted to prove it, but it ended like that", he said. He said that they initially did not pay any attention to them but eventually his friend asked them to stop.

As Armush told told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, when the man rushed him, "I immediately felt it was important to film, because I didn't think we could catch him before police arrived".

The incident comes at a time of increased fears of anti-Semitism and indications that attacks against Jews are on the rise. So one of them ran at me.

Benjamin Fischer, spokesman for the European Jewish Congress, described a "new intensity of anti-Semitic incidents" in Germany.

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Following the attack, Merkel vowed Wednesday that the government would respond "with full force and resolve" against anti-Semitism in Germany. Several Jewish students have reported anti-Semitic bullying in schools in recent months and Israeli flags were burnt during a recent protest in Berlin.

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