Rabbi spat on and cursed in Berlin

German police launched an investigation after a prominent Berlin rabbi said he was insulted and spat on while walking down a street in the German capital.

Yehuda Teichtal, a rabbi of the Jewish Community of Berlin, said the incident took place on July 26 in the city’s Wilmersdorf neighbourhood.

Teichtal said he was walking home with his son after leading a service at a nearby synagogue when two men started cursing at him in Arabic and spat on him in front of his child.

The incident shows that antisemitic incidents are not only occurring in Berlin schools, but on the streets of the capital as well, Teichtal said in a statement posted by the Jewish Community of Berlin.

“But I remain convinced that most people in Berlin do not want to accept this aggression against Jews as a sad part of everyday Jewish life,” he said.

Teichtal added: “Of course we will not hide now, but rather continue to build on love, tolerance, dialogue and education.”

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) told DW that it was shocked by the latest attack on a rabbi in Germany, saying the latest incident pointed to a dangerous uptick in antisemitism.

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