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article imageZionist leader says NY stabbing part of anti-Semitism 'uptick'

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 9, 2014 in Politics
A high-ranking official in the World Zionist Organization, Yaakov Hagoel, told media today that Tuesday's attack on a N.Y. synagogue is part of an increase in anti-Semitic violence all over the world. He said the U.S. must do more to protect Jews.
Attack at Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters
Mr. Hagoel, 43, is the Head of the World Zionist Organization's Department for Activities in Israel and Countering Anti-Semitism. He was commenting on the attack from Israel.
The synagogue where the attack occurred is part of the world headquarters of an organization called the Chabad Lubavitch. It is in a part of Brooklyn that houses the largest settlement of Orthodox Jews outside of Israel.
"The Jews are easy prey for the hatred and incitement that is spreading around the world every moment," Mr. Hagoel said. "The stabbing of a Jew in the Chabad house is part of the significant uptick in violent anti-Semitism in France, Belgium, Europe as a whole, and of course, the United States. U.S. authorities must wake up and begin to take a harder stance against anti-Semitism."
Israeli student stabbed in New York
The student, from Israel, 22-year-old Levi Rosenblat, was stabbed several times in the face. He screamed for help and ran outside, bleeding. The police were quickly on the scene, witnesses said, and that may have prevented further violence.
The man who stabbed Rosenblat, 49-year-old Calvin Peters, who was black, was shot once by police after refusing to drop the knife he held. He was pronounced dead at hospital. His family has said that he was a loving father and say they are surprised by the events at the synagogue. He apparently has a history of mental illness.
There were witness reports of Peters saying words to the effect he wanted to kill all Jews, but one police investigator said it was possible it was more like "I'm going to kill all of you." The Jerusalem Post has quoted an unnamed spokesman for the Chabad who said that "most likely it was not a hate crime."
“The assailant was not amok. He stabbed one person, with an ordinary kitchen knife, although he could have attacked many more people who were there,” that spokesman said. The police said the knife was not an ordinary kitchen knife, but rather had an 11.5 centimeter blade.
Increase in world anti-Semitism
Dov Hikind, New York State Assemblyman who represents Brooklyn's District 48 where the attack occurred, was relieved it was not worse. "I'm told that the attacker came earlier that evening, too. He was stalking the scene. Thank God he didn't inflict more harm nor do more damage to more people," Hikind said in an statement emailed to media.
Mr. Hagoel's statement about an increase in anti-Semitism in the world was backed up by a 2013 a study from Tel Aviv University which found a 30 percent rise in anti-Semitic acts against Jews in the diaspora in just two years.
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