Germany – Israeli says he was assaulted in Berlin for listening to Hebrew song
Berlin – A Israeli teen and two of his friends were attacked at a Berlin railw
ay station by a group of Arab men who became enraged when they heard a Hebrew song playing on the Israeli’s cellphone.
The incident happened at the Zoologischer Garten Station of the German capital overnight Saturday.
According to a report from the German-language Bild newspaper, the Arab men said they were from the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli teen, 17 and identified only as Yonatan, told the Hebrew-language Israel Hayom newspaper that he and his two friends, also 17, were waiting for a train when he played Israeli singer Omer Adam’s song “Tel Aviv” on his phone.
A group of Arab men heard the Hebrew lyrics from the song and approached the three teens.
Yonatan said they shouted at him “Hebrew music? For 70 years you are murdering children. Berlin is our city now and here we don’t listen to fucking Jewish music.”
After pointing out that just as they can play Arabic music he can listen to Israeli music, Yonatan said, he and his friends moved away from the group but they were followed.
According to the account, one suspect began to threaten the Israeli.
“If I had a knife, I would kill you … if I meet you again you are finished,” the suspect said, according to Yonatan.
According to the Israeli, when the two others tried to intervene on his behalf the group attacked them. One person was hit in the face and another was injured with a broken bottle and required hospital treatment, according to Israel Hayom.
The incident was recorded on the station’s security cameras. Police were called but by the time they arrived the assailants had disappeared.
Yonatan told Israel Hayom that at first the police didn’t take the incident seriously and eyewitnesses left the station without giving testimony to police.
Berlin police said in a statement that since the assailants fled the scene the police could not provide details of their identities.