Berlin: Suspect in the case of the anti-Semitic attack is

He was supposed to have attacked two men in Berlin because they wore Kippot. Now the suspect went to the police to determine the State protection.

Berlin: Suspect in the case of the anti-Semitic attack is

After attack on two men with Kippot in Berlin, a suspect has posed. It was a 19-year-old Syrian, said a spokesman of Berlin police time online. He was accompanied by a lawyer. The authorities have assented against him for suspicion of dangerous bodily injury.

Since a anti-Semitic connection is suspected, case lies with State protection. In meantime, an arrest warrant was issued against alleged offender. He's in custody, and he didn't "get down to business," said a police spokesman.

The 21-year-old Israeli and a companion were on Tuesday evening in Berlin district Prenzlauer Berg on way, y wore Kippas-traditional Jewish headgear. They were insulted by three Arab-speaking men on street. One of men hit 21-year-old with a belt and tried to beat him with a bottle. Finally, attacker and his companions fled. The Israeli filmed deed and put video on net.

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According to his own words, Israeli is not a Jew. "I am not Jewish, I am Israeli, I grew up in Israel in an Arab family," he said in an interview of Deutsche Welle. A friend warned him that you are not safe in Germany if you wear a tipper. He did not believe that, man continued, so he had run with a Freud with Tippa through Berlin.

The attack had caused a stir. Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned deed. "With all hardship" must be done against anti-Semitism, she said. In a similar way, Bundestag vice-President Thomas Oppermann commented: "Judaism belongs to Germany – those who do not accept it have lost nothing here," he said to new Osnabrücker Zeitung.

Correction Note: In original version of this message it was said that attacked had spoken of an "experiment". The news agency DPA later reported that re was a translation error: In interview conducted in English, man had spoken of an experience, not an experiment. We have corrected this (red).

Updated Date: 20 April 2018, 12:02

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