General Secretary Stephan Kramer of Germany's Central Council of Jews told Agence France Presse, Thursday, that he was verbally abused, Wednesday afternoon, as he walked home with his four children near the Kurfuerstendamm, one of the main streets in central Berlin. Kramer said the passer-by told him several times "to get out of here" in a very aggressive fashion, adding that he could not be sure the man had seen that the book he was carrying was a Jewish prayer book but charged: "It was definitely xenophobic."
Kramer said he had shown the man he was carrying an unspecified weapon in what he said was a bid to calm the situation and although "The weapon never left the holster," Kramer and his alleged assailant pressed charges against each other and the police said it had launched an investigation into a "reciprocal
threat." Authorities could not confirm the abuse was xenophobic in nature. Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit said that "threats against Jewish citizens on
the streets are disgraceful and absolutely not acceptable."