Woman threatens rabbi with a knife on street in Vienna and steals his kippah
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Woman threatens rabbi with a knife on street in Vienna and steals his kippah

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said: 'We must fight antisemitism and do everything we can to make Jewish life safe here in Austria. Europe without Jews is no longer Europe'

Police officers search a street in Vienna, capital of Austria, Nov. 2, 2020, after two civillians were killed in early November during a terror attack (Photo by Georges Schneider/Xinhua)
Police officers search a street in Vienna, capital of Austria, Nov. 2, 2020, after two civillians were killed in early November during a terror attack (Photo by Georges Schneider/Xinhua)

An unidentified woman stole the kippah of a rabbi whom she threatened with a knife on a street in the Austrian capital of Vienna, police said.

The woman fled the scene of Thursday’s incident in Vienna’s 3rd district, the OE24 website reported. The assault happened after several minutes in which the woman shouted antisemitic slogans at the rabbi as multiple passersby looked away, he said.

The rabbi has declined to be named.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz condemned the incident in a statement. “I condemn today’s antisemitic attack on a rabbi in Vienna very strongly. We must fight antisemitism with all determination and do everything we can to make Jewish life safe here in Austria. Because Europe without Jews is no longer Europe”, he wrote.

The Jewish Community in Vienna, the main organisation representing Austrian Jews, had recorded during the first half of 2020 no fewer than 131 incidents of verbal abuse or harassment, 26 cases of antisemitic destruction of property and three physical assaults.

Austria has about 8,000 Jews.

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