3 kippah-wearing teens assaulted at Johannesburg mall

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Three South African Jewish teenagers wearing kippahs were physically assaulted and verbally abused at a mall in suburban Johannesburg.

Three Indian South African men attacked the teens on Saturday evening in Rosebank, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies said in a statement released Tuesday.

One assailant hit one of the teens, while a second attacker shouted invective including “You f***ing Jew” and “your f***ing people are killing our innocent children.”

The assault was caught on surveillance video. Rosebank police are searching for the assailants.

The Board of Deputies called on South Africans to respond to the attack by attending a movie on Saturday night wearing a kippah or hat.

“In this way we will demonstrate our commitment to fight against any form of prejudice and intimidation,” the statement said, using the hashtag #KippasAgainstHate. “As proud South African citizens our freedom of movement, religion and association are guaranteed by our Constitution.”