Syrian citizen arrested after attack on Jewish man wearing kippa in Germany

A resident of the German city of Potsdam who was wearing a kippah with a Star of David on it was the victim of an antisemitic attack.

The victim reported being followed, spat upon and insulted in the attack.

Police quickly arrested two men, a 19-year-old Syrian citizen and a 17-year-old of unnamed origin. The younger of the two is now being treated as a witness, not as a suspect, police told the German press agency dpa.

In a statement after news of the attack broke, Potsdam Mayor Mike Schubert said he expected swift results from the police investigation, to clarify the motivation for and legal consequences of the attack.

There must be “no tolerance for politically and religiously motivated hate and violence in our city,” he added.

According to news reports, the 25-year-old student who was attacked “always wears a kippah,” in keeping with his family’s tradition. The incident occurred as he stepped out of a streetcar at the main train station in Potsdam, outside of Berlin.

He noticed that he was being followed. Moments later one of the pair spat on him and shouted an antisemitic insult, as well as threatened him with physical violence.

The student notified the federal police, who quickly found the two young men.

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