The more things change, the more they stay the same. The men in jackboots and swastika armbands have been swapped out for men in beards and toting Korans.
A group of youths attacked a rabbi on Sunday evening in Offenbach, a city near Franfurt. Six to eight “Mediterranean looking“ youths attacked the 39-year-old Rabbi Mendel Gurewitz.
Police spokesman Rudi Neu, in southeast Hesse state where Offenbach is located, said a criminal complaint was filed and there was probable cause to investigate for an anti-Semitic hate crime, bodily injury and harassment.
The alleged attack took place in a shopping center passage. The authorities are reviewing video cameras from the shopping area for footage of the event.
Mark Dainow, the deputy director of the Jewish community in Offenbach, criticized the security personnel at the shopping location for failing to intervene to stop the aggressive activity of the youths.
Gurewitz was forced to flee the building and the youths pursued him. A friend of the rabbi drove by and rescued the rabbi by picking him up in his car. The manager of the shopping mall apologized for the conduct of the security personnel.
I imagine the security personnel learned a while back not to interfere with any “youths” who might then return and begin smashing up the mall with the complacent compliance of the police and the government.
Everyone learns to say nothing about Islamic violence because they know there will be no support from anyone higher up.
Based on his name, I suspect Gurewitz is probably an American Chabad Rabbi. Chabad Rabbis are known for wearing Jewish clothing in parts of Europe where Jews no longer wear such clothing to avoid attracting attention from “youths”.