German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attended a prayer service at a Berlin synagogue on Friday, two weeks after its rabbi was spat at and insulted while returning home in the German capital.
Maas was joined by other non-Jewish attendees who came to show solidarity with the synagogue and its rabbi.
«Anyone in this country who wants to fight hate and violence, xenophobia and anti-Semitism can set a... Еще sign against it. This is not only a task for politicians but to the citizens as well,» commented Maas before the prayers.
Maas also emphasised his point again during the service, stating that «Silence and indifference is not an option. In the Holocaust many offenders and indifferent people made it possible and that's something we have to learn from history that we can't be indifferent ever again.»
The incident, in which Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal was reportedly spat and sworn at by two Arabic speaking men, is being investigated as a potential religious hate crime by police.