Boy (16) beaten up in Graz because he is a Jew

Graz - Two teenagers attacked a 16-year-old Jewish boy in the Austrian city of Gratz before he was able to get away.

The victim was treated in a local hospital for cuts and bruises to his face. Police are searching for the assailants.

According to a report from the Gratz Jewish community, the victim was wearing a ring decorated with a Star of David when he was accosted March 4 on the street near a high school by the two teens, who demanded to know if he was Jewish. When he answered that he was, the boys told him to “piss off.” Then one of the boys slapped and punched him in the face while calling him a “shit Jew.”

In a statement Elie Rosen, head of the Jewish community in Gratz, said local schools need help in addressing anti-Semitism and should not only be teaching about the Holocaust but about the history of the Middle East conflict.

“The fact is, the word ‘Jew’ is used as an insult in schoolyards,” the statement read in part. “We have to help schools prepare to take on this problem.”

“Unfortunately, Gratz is not an exceptional case,” he added. “This incident is part of a development in Europe.”

Rosen accused society in general and the political leadership of failing to take such incidents seriously.

Source: heute