Disfigured body with Israeli passport found in Berlin


(JTA) — Police in Berlin found the disfigured body of a man carrying an Israeli passport.

The body was found Sunday amid the rubble of construction being done at a local church, Army Radio reported Wednesday. The body was so badly bruised that it was unrecognizable, raising suspicion that the man was murdered.

The passport was registered to a 22-year-old man, but officials could not immediately determine whether the deceased was its owner. The passport’s owner was not named.

The Chabad rabbi in Berlin, Yehuda Teichtal, told the NRG news site that the Israeli man to whom the passport belonged was supposed to celebrate the Passover seder at the local Chabad house on Friday night but never arrived.

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in contact with German authorities about the case, the Army Radio report said.

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