Navigate to News section

Berlin Probing New Year’s Eve Attack on Israeli

Man reportedly beaten after filming subway-goers singing anti-Jewish song

Stephanie Butnick
January 05, 2015
Subway station in Berlin. (pio3 /

Subway station in Berlin. (pio3 /

The AP reports that German police are investigating a New Year’s Eve attack on an Israeli man riding the subway in Berlin. The victim, identified as 26-year-old Berlin resident Shahak Shapira, said he asked a group of seven young men on the train to stop singing an anti-Jewish song. He told the AP that he then began filming the group on his cell phone.

When he got off at the next stop, the men, who Shapira says were speaking both German and Arabic, followed him and demanded he delete his video. When he refused, some of the men spat on him and beat and kicked him, injuring his head.

A police spokesperson said they are looking for the assailants.

Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.

Join Us!

All of Tablet’s latest stories—in your inbox, daily. Subscribe to our newsletter.

Please enter a valid email
Check iconSuccess! You have subscribed to the Tablet newsletter.