Gil Shefler, a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, was severely beaten in Greece this week by a group of men wearing masks and carrying batons.
The attack happened during the day, outside of Athens’ National Archaeological Museum, and according to the Jerusalem Post, the suspects include members of Syriza, a far-left anarchist political party, or Golden Dawn, the far-right party whose leader denies the former existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz.
“The sad thing about the precarious situation here right now is that I cannot say with certainty whether my assailants were from the far Right or far Left, but it doesn’t matter,” Shefler told The Post.
Shefler went to Greece to do a story on Golden Dawn and says he went over to the area around the museum when he saw the homeless and refugees being beaten by a mob.
“In downtown Athens both often take the law into their own hands,” Shefler said. “When I saw the viciousness of the attack on people outside the museum using batons and sticks, I did my journalistic duty and snapped photos, and for that offense I was brutally beaten.”
“This country is going through a hard time and its citizens have my empathy, but authorities need to know incidents like these do not inspire confidence,” Shefler said.
To watch a video of the incident, click below.