Germany’s Merkel condemns attack on 2 Jewish men in Berlin

Source: Associated Press

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER

BERLIN (AP) — 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.

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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.”

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