Man allegedly assaults 3 Jews in Vienna

(JTA) – An Austrian man of Turkish descent allegedly assaulted three Jewish men in a part of Vienna where many Jews live and work.

The incident occurred shortly before noon Thursday on Tabor Street in front of a kosher restaurant.

Police are looking into the possibility that the attack was anti-Semitic, the Oe24 news site reported.

The perpetrator, a 24-year-old unemployed Austrian with Turkish roots, was identified only as Burkay S. He allegedly attacked the men in front of a Jewish restaurant. All three wore a kippah, and one had Hebrew inscriptions on his clothes.

The suspect was arrested at a nearby subway station. None of the victims suffered serious injuries.

Before assaulting the Jewish men, he also hit a woman on the street.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Twitter that “a possible anti-Semitic background is currently being examined by the competent authorities.” He thanked police for apprehending the suspect.

Austria had more than 500 anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, nearly double the total from three years earlier.

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