Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, president of the Chabad Jewish Education Center in Berlin, was spat on by two Arabic speaking men as he was returning home after visiting the synagogue.
“Many people called me to express their support after the incident where I was unfortunately insulted and where two men spit on me, and it is absolutely unacceptable that such incidents are part of the daily life of the Jews,” the rabbi said on his Facebook page.
On Wednesday, the local police opened an investigation, saying the incident was going to be treated as a “religiously motivated crime”.
Following this incident, Rabbi Teichtal called for dialogue and mutual understanding between Jews and non-Jews.
“The majority of people are good people, we must not hide our identity, we need to be more committed to dialogue and education because it contributes to mutual understanding and tolerance,” he said.
This incident comes as several attacks on Jewish people have been reported throughout Germany in recent months.
Another gross act of anti-Semitism happened last month in Hamburg, Germany last month when Shlomo Bistritzky, Hamburg’s chief regional rabbi, and his colleague were spat on by a Moroccan passerby.
The Moroccan pulled a lighter out of his shirt and began to threaten the Rabbi and his colleague with the open flame. During his antisemitic rant, the man spits on them numerous times.
First, the passerby said ”Shalom”, and then he said something that sounded threatening. We faced him and asked him what he had said, He then reached under his shirt and pulled out something … and began to threaten us verbally,” Rabbi Bistritzky told a local newspaper.
The man was caught immediately by nearby police after the Rabbi showed them a cellphone picture he took of the assailant. Before being caught, he ran past by the Rabbi and spit on him again.
The Moroccan was taken to the police station where he was held for two hours before being released.
“I never thought something like this could happen in Hamburg, let alone in this spot. We took it as a bad sign, too, that the attacker was released after two hours,” the Rabbi said.