An Orthodox Jewish businessman was badly wounded after being repeatedly stabbed seven times by a masked (Muslim?) assailant in an attack on the streets of Milan. Nathan Graff, 40, (photo right) was stabbed seven times in the face, neck, back and arm by a man wearing a balaclava, as he stood outside a kosher pizzeria. Assailant is still at large.
UK Telegraph (h/t Maria J) There were fears that the vicious assault was a copy-cat attack inspired by the recent spate of stabbings of Jews by Palestinians in Israel and the occupied West Bank. Mr Graff was wearing a kippah or skull cap and was clearly identifiable as Jewish at the time of the attack, which happened in the street in which he lives. One of the stab wounds nearly severed his optic nerve.
“When the intifada of stabbings began, they promised to strike Jews in Israel and in every part of the world, and now they have done that,” said Riccardo Pacifici, the recently-retired president of the Jewish community in Rome.
It was the most serious anti-Semitic attack in Italy since an assault on Rome’s Great Synagogue in 1982 in which a two-year-old boy was killed and 34 people wounded by Palestinian gunmen throwing grenades and firing machine guns.
Jewish community leaders said there was a growing climate of anti-Semitism in Europe (the direct result of massive Muslim immigration) and that the attack was unnerving for Italy’s 35,000 Jews. Mr Graff, believed to be an Israeli citizen, was the son-in-law of a rabbi, Hetzkia Levi.
The assailant is being hunted and an investigation is being led by anti-terrorism police. Across the country, security was increased around synagogues and Jewish schools and community centres.