German Court Convicts Syrian Who Beat Man Wearing Kippah

BERLIN (AP/Reuters) -
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Defendant Knaan Al S. in Berlin court last week. (Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)

A Berlin court has convicted a 19-year-old Syrian of serious bodily harm and slander for attacking a man wearing a kippah in the German capital in April.

The 21-year-old victim, an Arab Israeli who said he wore the kippah in a show of solidarity with his Jewish friends, filmed his attacker whipping him violently with a belt while shouting “Yahudi!” — Jew in Arabic.

Berlin’s regional court on Monday sentenced the defendant, Knaan Al S., to four weeks of juvenile detention, which he has already served while awaiting trial.

The attack was widely condemned and stoked a debate about anti-Semitism in Germany.

The defendant, who came to Germany in 2015 as an asylum seeker, told the court he regretted the attack.