He was in Germany on Wednesday to give a lecture at Bonn University. He was touring the city with a colleague when a man approached him and asked him if he was Jewish. “I started saying that I have sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians and deeply regret the current depressing state of Islamic-Jewish relations,” when the man starting cursing and following him.
After the stranger hit the professor, police arrived and gave the poor scholar a major beating.
The professor’s ancestors were killed in the Holocaust, so the altercation brought back some really bad memories.