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Anti-Semitic Attack on Rabbis in Vienna | Free press

A woman insults and threatens a rabbi in Vienna. And attacks him with a knife. The Austrian State Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism is now investigating.

Vienna (AP) – Police in Vienna are looking for an approximately 50-year-old woman after the attack on a rabbi.

She had assaulted the man on the street in the Austrian capital on Thursday with anti-Semitic slogans, attacked them and threatened them with a knife. Then she fled. The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism has taken over the investigation in the case, it announced Friday.

The rabbi reported the attack on Thursday. The woman kicked him, knocked off his hat and tore off his kippah before fleeing. He was not hurt. According to the news portal “OE24”, the rabbi told police that passers-by were looking the other way instead of helping him.

The president of the Jewish Community in Vienna described the attack as a disturbing incident that upset many people. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) wrote on Twitter on Thursday: “I condemn the anti-Semitic attack on a rabbi in Vienna in the strongest terms. We must fight anti-Semitism with all determination and do everything we can to make Jewish life here in Austria safe. Because without Jews Europe is no longer Europe. “

Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) described the attack on Twitter as an “attack on Jewish life in Vienna”. “There is no tolerance for anti-Semitism – regardless of whether it is politically or religiously motivated.” It wasn’t until Thursday that he announced more protection for churches and other religious sites in view of the terrorist attack in Vienna in early November.

On November 2, a 20-year-old opened fire on passers-by in a lively Viennese entertainment area with an assault rifle and a pistol. He killed four people and more than twenty others were injured. The police shot the perpetrator in a square near a church. The Austrian with a North Macedonian second passport had a criminal record for trying to leave the country to join the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia. Investigations are underway against 21 men as possible confidants.

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