In Brief: Police investigating incident where Berlin rabbi was cursed at, spat on

In a statement from the Jüdische Gemeinde zu Berlin (Jewish Community of Berlin), Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal said he was leaving a synagogue in Wilmersdorf with one of his children Friday night when two men cursed at him in Arabic.

Photo from April 2018's "Berlin Traegt Kippa" protests against anti-Semitism in the city. Photo by Sylvia Cunningham

 

As of Wednesday evening, the German government has not offered to join a U.S- led mission to “help secure” the Strait of Hormuz.

German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer talked on Wednesday about pursuing the route of diplomacy and achieving a de-escalation with Iran.

However, Demmer said a mission with European partners would be worth considering.

The Strait of Hormuz is one of the most important routes for transporting oil.

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Police are investigating an incident in which Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal of the Jüdische Gemeinde zu Berlin (Jewish Community of Berlin), says he was cursed at and spat on.

In a statement from the congregation, Teichtal said he was leaving a synagogue in Wilmersdorf with one of his children Friday night when two men cursed at him in Arabic.

Teichtal said in the statement he is convinced most people in Berlin do not want to accept these types of aggression against the Jewish community. He said his community will not hide, but rather continue building on love, tolerance, dialogue and education.

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Bavarian premier and CSU leader Markus Söder told Focus Online the Grand Coalition is “unstable” because of the SPD.

He also said it’s unclear whether this government will still be in power by the end of the year.

The Social Democrats are still looking for new leadership after Andrea Nahles resigned as SPD party and faction leader in June.

 

 

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