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Israeli reporter attacked in Berlin ‘for speaking Hebrew’

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Neukölln, Berlin – An Israeli journalist was recently attacked in Berlin while trying to film a report, with video capturing a group of men harassing her and then apparently attacking her with a firecracker.

Antonia Yamin claimed the attack occurred because she spoke Hebrew, with several men throwing a firecracker at her and at her cameraman, while trying to film a report.

A video of the incident was published Sunday on Twitter by Yamin, Europe correspondent for Israel’s public broadcaster Kan.

“The truth is I had a very nice day at work today,” Yamin wrote, saying she was in Germany as part of an upcoming series of reports and interviews, but had taken a break to film a report about Brexit negotiations between the UK and the European Union.

While reporting in Hebrew on a local street, several men can be seen in the video approaching Yamin and interrupting her. The reporter is visibly annoyed for a few seconds, before hurrying away along with the person behind the camera as a firecracker is thrown at them.

“As you can see on the video you can’t report in Hebrew in Neukölln Berlin without being disturbed and without people throwing firecrackers at you,” Yamin wrote.

The video ends with the firecracker exploding, after the group of men has left.