A 31 year old Jewish man was stabbed as he walked to his local synagogue in the Jewish quarter of Antwerp, Belgium. It was in the capital city of Brussels, Belgium where a member of ISIS gunned down four Jews at a museum on May 24 of this year. In light of these recent attacks the Jewish community is asking that local law enforcement increase the police presence and protection for the Jewish community.
The victim was walking with a friend when he was stabbed from behind by a knife wielding man. The assailant stabbed the Jewish man in the neck before fleeing on foot. The 31 year old victim is expected to make a full recovery and police are still searching for the assailant. An earlier arrest of a suspect turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.
In response to the attack the European Jewish Congress reported, “A local protection unit operated by the city’s Jewish community went out and immediately began protecting Jewish residents on their way to Shabbat synagogue services. Police are continuing the investigation and say no motive has been discovered or ruled out at this time. This includes the possibility of the attack being a hate crime towards Jews.”