After video of yesterday’s anti-Semitic attack in Berlin went viral, the perpetrator is under arrest. And unsurprisingly, he’s a Syrian refugee.
A 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker turned himself in to police Thursday after his violent attack on a man wearing a Jewish skullcap in Berlin caused outrage across Germany.
The young Syrian showed up with his lawyer at a police precinct, police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel said.
The 21-year-old victim, an Arab Israeli, caught Tuesday’s assault on video. It quickly went viral and reopened a debate about anti-Semitism in the country. Even Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the assault sharply.
The video shows the attacker whipping the Israeli with a belt while shouting “Yehudi!” or Jew, in Arabic.
The victim, Adam Armoush, said he’s not Jewish but wore the skullcap as an experiment because he didn’t believe a friend who told him it’s too dangerous to wear one in public in Germany.
Following the attack, Merkel vowed Wednesday that the government would respond “with full force and resolve” against anti-Semitism in Germany.
You can’t keep drilling holes in the boat while promising to fix the boat. Germany obviously has its own anti-Semitism problem. But this isn’t German anti-Semitism. It’s Islamic anti-Semitism. And these days it’s far more ubiquitous and socially acceptable.
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