Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, May 12, 2003

It is pretty sad that this type of thing doesn't disturb more people.

A man wearing a Star of David necklace was assaulted in a bus by a group of teenagers who called him a "dirty Jew," spit in his face and kicked him in the head, authorities said Monday.

The man, a non-Jewish German, was treated for facial injuries after the attack Sunday night on a downtown Berlin bus route, police said. The assailants, about 14 or 15 years old and described as Middle Eastern appearance, fled.

An American rabbinical student in Orthodox Jewish dress was assaulted by four men on Berlin's main shopping boulevard in March as scores of stunned passersby looked on. One of the assailants swung at the 21-year-old, striking him in the face, and another threw an object at him.

A year earlier two Orthodox Jews from New York were attacked and beaten on Kurfuerstendamm, the major retail thoroughfare in the heart of former West Berlin.

A few weeks later, two Arab-looking men assaulted two Jewish women at a Berlin subway station because one of them was wearing a Star of David pendant. The women suffered bruises.

In May 2001 a 16-year-old Iraqi youth was given a juvenile detention sentence in connection with an attack on a rabbi.

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