(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.