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Nov 8

Man wearing kippa attacked in German fitness studio – The Times of Israel

JTA Police are investigating a possible anti-Semitic attack in a fitness studio in the German city of Freiburg.

Samuel Kantorovych, 19, reported in a post on Facebook that he was attacked Tuesday night while wearing a kippa.

According to the online Badische Zeitung newspaper, it is not the only anti-Semitic incident that police are investigating in Freiburg, in the west German state of Baden-Wrttemberg.

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Kantorovych was in the locker room after working out at the Mcfit Freiburg gym when a man tore off his kippa, which had been fastened to his hair with clips. He started wearing a kippa six months ago, he said.

According to Kantorovychs account, the man threatened to beat him, called him a dirty Jew and shouted Free Palestine before spitting on the kippa and throwing it in the trash. Kantorovych recalled that there were 10 men in the room, but only one intervened, standing in front of the perpetrator until he backed off.

Kantorovych said in his post Tuesday that he was shocked by the attack.

He looked at me and asked me do you want me to beat you up? Fk off you dirty Jew! I was overwhelmed by this situation and (for whatever reason) I asked him here, in front of everybody?

Kantorovych said he turned and looked at the men standing around.

No one reacted, everyone was just watching until one intervened, he said.

As he left the gym, the attacker reportedly told an employee that nothing happened and no one could prove anything anyway.

Kantorovych canceled his club membership out of fear of meeting his attacker again.

He circulated a photo of his kippa in the garbage bin. The kippa is now in possession of police as evidence.

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