A man in Berlin is under investigation for incitement, slander and resisting police officers after uttering anti-Semitic slurs against an Israeli restaurant owner in a scene caught on video that drew widespread criticism.
Police say the 60-year-old suspect approached restaurant boss Yorai Feinberg outside his premises in Berlin Tuesday. In the scene filmed by a friend of Feinberg, the man said “it’s only about money with you” and “no one wants you here,” among other things.
Feinberg hailed a passing police car. Officers took the man away, and police said he also insulted them.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter Thursday: “This totally unbelievable and inexcusable incident in Berlin shows that we all must face up with determination and courage against anti-Semitic agitation.” Israel’s ambassador visited the restaurant Thursday.
Apparently, Germany doesn’t have free speech laws. What he said was horrible, but not something he should be arrested for.