The Berlin State Security is investigating an attack on a yarmulke wearer for bodily harm in the field of hate crime. A 24-year-old Syrian man suddenly took the Briton’s hat off at a hostel in Prenzlauer Berg on Thursday morning, police said.
When he was on the ground, the attacker repeatedly stepped on him. Then, according to the British, the 24-year-old asked him to shout the words “Free Palestine.” Around the same time, the attacker began hitting the 32-year-old several times in the face.
According to police, a witness saw the Briton’s yarmulke removed from his head at around 6:15 am in the hallway of the hostel. According to police, the 32-year-old complained of pain in his head after the attack. However, he denied medical treatment to the policemen who had been called.
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The 24-year-old was found to have a breath alcohol level of 1.2 per thousand. The man was taken into police custody to establish his identity because he could only show an expired residence permit.
The 24-year-old was later released, but his papers were confiscated, according to police. He must now report to the responsible immigration authority. (dpa)