25 June 2010
A group of Jewish dancers has been attacked with stones by a group of teenagers during a performance at a street festival in Hanover, Germany. After one dancer suffered a leg injury, the group canceled its performance. The six attacking teenagers, five of whom are children of Muslim immigrants of Lebanese, Palestinian and Iranian origin, also used a megaphone to shout anti-Semitic slurs such as “Juden raus” [Jews out] during the attack, which occurred last Saturday. Two of the assailants aged 14 and 19 were arrested.
The city of Hanover has filed charges of slander and intent to cause grave physical harm. It was repotedly the first violent anti-Semitic incident this year in the Hanover area that was not committed by neo-Nazis.
Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the newspaper ‘Die Welt’ that anti-Semitic feelings were widespread in both far-right and Muslim communities in the country. "It particularly saddens me that those anti-Semitic views can already be seen with such vehemence among children and youths," she said.
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