BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday sharply condemned a street assault in Berlin on two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps that has stoked the debate about anti-Semitism in the country.
A video of the attack Tuesday showing one of the victims being whipped with a belt quickly went viral.
Merkel called attack in the city’s trendy Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood “a very horrible incident” and vowed the government would respond “with full force and resolve” against growing anti-Semitism in Germany.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted that “Jews shall never again feel threatened here.”
“It’s our responsibility to protect Jewish life here,” he wrote in reference to the killing of six million European Jews by Germany under the Nazis in the Holocaust more than 70 years ago.
Berlin police said the two victims were 21 and 24 years old but didn’t identify them.
Israeli broadcaster Kan published an interview with the 21-year-old who was slightly injured by the belt, and identified him as Israeli Adam Armoush.