Switzerland - President Of Jewish Foundation Concerned Over Daylight Attack On Jew By Far-Right Band Members
Zurich, Switzerland - The president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG) says he is “very concerned” following the report of a July 4 incident in which police merely scolded and released a 27-year-old neo-Nazi punk rocker who was caught in the act of physically assaulting and shouting anti-Semitic slurs at an Orthodox Jewish man as he walked home from shul in broad daylight.
SONNTAGSZEITUNG.ch (http://bit.ly/1gWK0eX) reports that SIG President Herbert Winter called the incident a “new dimension” in anti-Semitic attacks against Jews and called on law enforcement to be “more vigilant.”
The incident occurred in the village of Wiedikon around 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, when neo-Nazi rocker Kevin G and a gang of 20 other tattooed neo-Nazis spotted the 40-year-old Jewish man walking home.
In front of multiple witnesses, the group surrounded the man, whereupon Kevin G spit in the man’s face and began pushing him while yelling, “(expletive) Jew” and “Heil Hitler.”
Witnesses alerted nearby police who quickly intervened, but after diffusing the situation Kevin G was merely scolded by police and told to leave the man alone.
A spokesman for the Zurich Police, Judith Hödl, said that the department only became aware of the incident on July 29, and that due to its ongoing investigation no further details were available.
According to sources, Kevin G, who performs with the neo-Nazi punk band Amok, is well-known to Zurich police and has an extensive criminal record, including past charges of threats, racial discrimination, and being in possession of guns.
A statement released by SIG Secretary-General Jonathan Kreutner chastised police, saying, “We expect these right-wing extremist events to be closely monitored and immediate action taken, otherwise racist or anti-Semitic ideas will spread.”
The victim, who is insisting on anonymity, said he is still in fear for his life and not sure whether he is able to come forward and press charges.
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