Motives still unknown behind knife attack that wounded rabbi in Antwerp; police have detained one suspect, according to local media reports
A pan-European Jewish organization called on Saturday for European authorities to ensure the security of the continent’s Jewish citizens after a rabbi was stabbed and hurt in Antwerp.
“Jews in Europe have lost a normal sense of security that worsens with every attack on Jews and Jewish institutions which are taking place with alarming regularity,” said European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor.
While the motives were still unknown behind Saturday’s attack in Belgium, Kantor urged political, judicial and law enforcement authorities to take action “to ensure that Jews feel free to walk the streets in the open and live their lives absent of the fear these attacks generate.”
According to initial reports, a 31-year-old Jewish man suffered serious wounds, but was not in a life-threatening condition after an assailant stabbed him in the neck Saturday morning in Antwerp.
Police reportedly arrested one suspect, who was later found to have no involvement in the attack.
The Jewish man was attacked while walking under a railway bridge near the second largest Belgian city’s Jewish quarter when a passerby attacked him with a knife, according to local reports.
In May, a gunman opened fired in the Jewish museum in Belgium, killing four people including two Israelis.