BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – A 25 year-old Syrian Jewish man was attacked by a group of 10 people in Berlin’s Mitte district early Saturday morning, confirmed police spokesperson Martin Halweg in the German capital on Sunday.
“Around 00:30 [on Saturday] a 25-year-old asked a group of people for a lighter in the park [James Simon Park]. The question alone already led to a verbal argument between him and members of this group,” Halweg stated.
“One of his opponents then spotted that the 25-year-old was wearing on a necklace with a David’s star on it; he ripped it off, made an anti-Semitic remark and suddenly punched the victim in the face multiple times,” explained Halweg.
“At first only one member of the group attacked the 25-year-old, punching him to the ground. He then got back on his feet and fled for few metres but then collapsed due to the beatings. Some members of the group followed him and punched and kicked him while he was on the ground,” he continued.
The police spokesperson said that the suspects were arrested shortly afterwards.
“The police State Security department is now investigating for aggravated battery with anti-semitic background,” concluded Halweg.
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