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Israeli Tourist Beaten by Skinheads in Germany

An Israeli tourist has been attacked by skinheads in the German city of Potsdam, near Berlin, police said.

Jonathan Rochman, 19, suffered head wounds and a broken nose as a result of last weekend’s attack, Potsdam police said Monday. Rochman received medical treatment and was released to the family with which he has been staying.

Rochman could not be reached for comment.

No arrests have been made, but police publicized descriptions of the suspects in Tuesday’s local papers.

According to police, Rochman and his girlfriend went to a concert in Berlin Sunday and used the Potsdam subway on their way back.

When he and his girlfriend parted, a young German approached him and, after determining that Rochman was a foreigner, began to beat him up with a baseball bat, police said.

Rochman initially escaped the blows. But another German youth joined in, hitting Rochman with a bottle.

The wounded Rochman then fell to the ground as the two skinheads continued to hit him in the face, police said. The skinheads fled the scene a few minutes later.

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