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Jewish pupil sues after anti-Semitic assault in opposition to FU Berlin

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In February, an attacker with suspected anti-Semitic motivations attacked his Jewish fellow pupil Lahav Shapira. Shapira was significantly injured within the assault. He is now suing his college, which did not take “adequate measures.”

Rand 4 months after the anti-Semitic assault on him, pupil Lahav Shapira filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Free University of Berlin (FU) on the Berlin Administrative Court. The college had allowed “anti-Semitic language to become concrete actions,” ZDF quoted from the lawsuit on Tuesday. The courtroom confirmed receipt of the lawsuit upon request (AZ. VG12k356.24).

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The plaintiff, who was 30 on the time, was allegedly attacked by his 23-year-old fellow pupil Mustafa A. at the start of February. After being punched and kicked on Berlin's Brunnenstrasse, Shapira was taken to hospital with fractures to his face.

University is claimed to have taken “no adequate measures”

According to the indictment, the Free University “did not take adequate measures to prevent or structurally eliminate anti-Semitic discrimination against the plaintiff or other Jewish students.”

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Sign of protest: Lahav Shapira shortly after the attack on him in early February

The college tolerated the anti-Semitic temper that led to the assault for too lengthy. It has an obligation to make sure a discrimination-free setting. The plaintiff is citing the Berlin University Act, which obliges universities to stop discrimination, notably on the premise of anti-Semitic attributions.

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The police's state safety division had launched an investigation in opposition to the suspect, who was mentioned to have beforehand been concerned in a lecture corridor occupation by pro-Palestinian activists. Mustafa A. is a German of Arab descent. The college had banned A. from getting into the premises.

Shapira was born in Israel and has lived in Germany since 2002. He is the brother of the comic Shahak Shapira. As a youngster, Lahav Shapira was insulted as a “Jewish pig” by neo-Nazis in Saxony-Anhalt.