Members of a German pro-Israel group came under attack when they were rallying on behalf of the three Israeli teens that were recently kidnapped in an Israeli area of the disputed West Bank territory by Hamas terrorists.
An 83-year old man was reportedly beaten and thrown to the ground. The man’s daughter, who had tried to protect him from harm, was also hurt in the attack. The elderly man was then taken to the hospital to be treated for head injuries.
The “Bring Back Our Boys” rally was organized by the Young Forum of the German-Israel Society and the Hamburg for Israel network, according to Germany’s most popular Jewish newspaper: Juedische Allgemeine.
The counter-demonstration that eventually had turned violent against the pro-Israel demonstrators was reportedly organized by the German ATTAC group.
The head of the Central Council of Jews told the German paper, “this kind of pure hatred against Israel not only exists in Germany but is expressed in violent assaults.” He continued, hoping authorities would “quickly apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.” He hoped for more demonstrations in the future, saying that it’s a good opportunity to showcase the “values that Israel has always stood for.”
One group decided to join the pro-Israel rally to show support for the three Israelis kidnapped by the Hamas terrorists. “We wanted to show our solidarity with the kidnapped teens,” said a spokesperson for the young forum in Hamburg.
The continuous rise in European anti-Semitism has led many Jews, specifically in France and Ukraine, to come to Israel. According to the Jewish Agency, Jewish immigration to Israel is on track to be up 55% from just last year.