Jewish man assaulted on Berlin U-Bahn says his case must not become cause for anti-Muslim feeling

A Jewish man who was badly beaten by a group of Muslim youths on the Berlin U-Bahn has come forward to say he does not want what happened to him to be used to incite anti-Muslim feeling.

Shahak Shapira, a 26-year-old Israeli citizen resident in Germany, was attacked when he tried to film a group of Muslim youths singing an anti-Semitic song in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

“The incident must not be abused to incite hatred against Muslims,” Mr Shapira said in an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. “I have already noticed how some are trying to exploit it. My attackers could just as easily have be neo-Nazis and beaten an Arab.”

Mr Shapira, who has lived in Germany for 12 years, was travelling with a group of friends in a packed U-Bahn carriage when a group of young men started singing an anti-Semitic song, and cursing Jews and Israel.

When two people sitting next to the group asked them to stop, the youths threatened them and spat at them, Mr Shapira said. He started to film the incident on his mobile phone, but when he tried to get off the train at Friedrichstrasse station, in central Berlin, the group followed him and demanded that he delete the footage.

When he refused, they attacked him, punching and kicking him. He was pulled back onto the safety of the train by his friends…

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  • I bet he’d vote Democrat.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Maybe even twice.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Can we replace the term “self-hating Jew” with the more descriptive and accurate “Jewicidal”?
    I think that works better.

    • Frau Katze

      Sounds better!

    • ntt1

      sounds like some kind of joke popsical, Us Canadians take frozen treats very seriously, you are at risk of slighting our sensibilities

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        You people have a frozen treat called a “self-hating Jew” in Canada?
        Man you guys ARE different!

        • simus1

          “Idiotal” also has a nice crisp delivery and sharp finish to it.

  • AlanUK

    He’s right. It is possible that they could have been “neo-Nazis” (whatever that vacuous phrase means) attacking an Arab.
    In reality, of course, they were Muslims attacking a Jew.

    • AmicusC

      the left is determined to ignore reality.

  • Exile1981

    The barbary pirates could just have easily have been menonites.. but they weren’t.

    Claiming that a specific group isn’t racists and violent because someone else could be just as bad is typical double speak.