Daily Israel Report

Chabad Students in Berlin Subjected to Anti-Semitic Taunts

On Monday morning, children in grades 7-9 who attend the Chabad school in Berlin were subjected to anti-Semitic taunts.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 9/5/2012, 10:16 PM

Boy being comforted by teacher
Boy being comforted by teacher
Israel news photo: Flah 90

On Monday morning, children in grades 7-9 who attend the Chabad school in Berlin were subjected to anti-Semitic taunts, the Chabad website reported.

The students were also photographed by a group of several unidentified youths believed to be Muslims.

One of the perpetrators reportedly spat on the ground in front of the students, but ran away when a teacher intervened.

Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said, “The recent anti-Semitic incident in Berlin is very serious and cause for concern. Hostility towards Jews in Germany should not become a habit. The fact that ‘only’ words were used as weapons does not mean that we can minimize these incidents.”

The incident is particularly disturbing in light of last week’s attack on Rabbi Daniel Alter and his six-year-old daughter in Berlin.

The rabbi was easily identifiable as a Jew because he was wearing a kippa. Following the attack, a rabbinical school in Berlin warned students against wearing the traditional head covering in public.

“If you are no longer seen as a Jewish person, you are safer,” the rector of college, Walter Homolka, told the Berliner Morgenpost daily.

Graumann stated that the incident was not an isolated occurrence, adding that society bears the responsibility to respond to such attacks by sending a clear message to young people about the importance of fighting anti-Semitism.

“It is about time that Muslim associations and organizations counter the Islamist anti-Semitism seriously and sustainably,” said Gideon Joffe, head of the Jewish community in Berlin.

Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, who is affiliated with the school, said that during the attack on Rabbi Alter, assailants threatened his daughter as well.

“Again children are the target of anti-Semitism. This is unacceptable,” he said, according to the Chabad website.

He called on authorities in Berlin to do everything in their power to capture the perpetrators and ensure the safety of the Jewish community.