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November 24, 2014 11:56 am

Israeli Tourist in Berlin Hospitalized After Beating – Police Probing Motive

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A group of unknown assailants set upon and severely beat an Israeli visitor to Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighborhood Saturday night, according to German police.

In the attack, which took place at 6:30 p.m. at Lotte Lenya-Bow near one of the district’s train stations, the group first passed the 22-year-old on the street, and then doubled back to attack him.

“All four offenders punched and kicked him repeatedly, and then fled,” according to the police report.

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The victim, who had to be briefly hospitalized due to the extent of his injuries, was later released as an outpatient.

Local authorities said he was not wearing a skullcap or any distinctive Jewish garments and was not robbed in the attack, apparently ruling out a mugging.

Police have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the attack, and, in particular, whether the assailants were politically motivated.

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