The daylight attack of a Berlin rabbi in front of his young daughter sparked fury in Germany, with some Jewish groups saying they feared a rise in anti-Semitic behaviour and calling for the country's large Muslim community to take action.

"I would be pleased if (Muslim) associations would finally deal decisively with anti-Semitism in their own ranks," President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Dieter Graumann told the Berliner Zeitung daily, after police said Arab youths were suspected of the crime.

The head of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, expressed his "deep disgust" on behalf of the community after the 53-year-old rabbi was punched repeatedly in the face in front of his six-year-old daughter.

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