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German Official Chides Bystanders for ‘Lack of Civil Courage’ After Munich Rabbi Verbally Accosted by Antisemitic Assailants

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A tram in Munich, Germany. Photo: Maurits90 via Wikimedia Commons.

A German government official has criticized bystanders for a “lack of civil courage” after a Munich rabbi was verbally accosted last week.

Last Thursday evening, Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Brodman was followed after he got off a tram by four men who showered him with personal insults and anti-Israel comments.

According to the victim, the assailants spoke English to him and conversed in Arabic among themselves.

Ludwig Spaenle — the Bavarian commissioner on combating antisemitism — said, “I’m particularly concerned about the fact that citizens who obviously saw the incident did not rush the aid of the rabbi or informed the police.”

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“We cannot allow people of Jewish faith to be victims of assault and insults,” he added. “An attack on Jews is always an attack on … society.”

A similar antisemitic incident took place in Munich last August.

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