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Arabs Beat Yeshiva Student Unconscious in Venice Attack

January 2, 2013 11:24 am 20 comments

Main square of Venetian Ghetto. Photo: Wikipedia.

A group of Arabs brutally attacked an American yeshiva student visiting with his family in Venice, Italy, on Tuesday, knocking him unconscious. The incident took place at night as the student strolled the city center. According to Arutz Sheva, 15 Arab youth were involved in the incident.

According to Arutz Sheva  the attackers fled when a passerby spotted them and called police and medics.

An individual at the Chabad House in Venice who did not wish to be named told The Algemeiner that the student was recovering and that such incidents were rare in Venice. The source also indicated how the Jewish community would respond. “We will answer evil with kindness,” the source said.

The Milan-based Jewish Center for Documentation’s Observatory on Anti-Jewish Prejudice issued a report in December that showed the number of anti-Semitic episodes in the country rose significantly in 2012.

”We observed approximately 70 cases so far this year, most of them graffiti and online attacks, over 40% more than last year,” said Observatory researcher Stefano Gatti. ”The boom might be due partly to more efficient data-gathering, but the episodes have undeniably increased,” he added.

Gatti pointed out that Italian pundits and politicians ”such as Silvio Berlusconi, Beppe Grillo or Piergiorgio Odifreddi” are now writing discriminatory posts and telling racist jokes. ”Making certain issues seem normal, even funny, is one of the root causes of the rise in anti-Semitic episodes in Italy,” Gatti concluded .

20 Comments

  • Ironically in the country where most Jews survived the Holocaust unscathed because the Italians wouldn’t cooperate. Oh I forgot, these weren’t Italians who attacked him.

  • Venice is home to the Oldest Jewish Ghetto in Europe.
    It is a lovely and Historic part of Cannaregio.
    The Jews have great pride of place in Venice.
    This attack is a case of gang violence.

    Believe me when I say that the Police in Venice probably “DO” know which group carried out such an attack. They have most likely been very quietly apprehended. If they were living in Venice, then most certainly the Police know who they are. If they were tourists, then their passports and Visa’s had to be presented at the Hotel where they are staying. Venice is Discreet in all things. There does not need to be a media circus around such an event. It is far better to have NO MENTION of such events in the mainstream media, because it gives the attackers the attention that they crave. There would be far fewer acts of violence and terrorism, IF THEY WERE NEVER REPORTED.
    This is the Venetian way. There were far fewer attacks before there was constant media attention.
    Venice has an excellent Police force and they pride themselves on discretion.

  • Turning the other cheek didn’t work real well with Nazis last century, it’s not going to work with Islamofascists this century.

  • This news really shocked me, I’m a Catholic Italian lady living in Venice and I had never heard of such brutal episodes before, against the Jews. I don’t know why this happened and hope it won’t happen again, sigh!

  • Unfortunately I wouldn’t answer evil with kindness.I would just set my two Caucasion Ovcharkas loose on those Jew-hating Arab pieces of rotting garbage. There wouldn’t have been many of those Arabs left to boast about their cowardice exploits. maybe it’s now time for Jewish revenge teams to patrol some of the areas wearing kippas and accomanied with massive military trained canines, especially where Arabs frequent. These Arabs should be taught a lesson they will never forget.

  • Turning the other cheek and repaying evil with kindness is not a Jewish value. Abraham fought against and decimated those who kidnapped and harmed his nephew Lot. We need to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. This is a terrible crime, a “hate crime” it’s pure and simple “anti-Jewish” terrorism which we will not tolerate with such lame reactions. The malicious hatred that lead these arab thugs to attach a Jewish young man in the otherwise peaceful streets of Venice cannot be tolerated. True “kindness” is to rid crime from the world and enforce the laws of the land. Let’s respond with kindness to ourselves, to the world, and to generations to come by hunting down the perpetrators and punishing Jew-haters for their CRIME against us. This is true kindness!

    • What do you think of the instructions noted here?
      2 Kings 6:23; Proverbs 25:22-23.
      I don’t get why then those would not need to be “Jewish” values.

    • What do you think of the instructions noted here?
      2 Kings 6:23; Proverbs 25:22-23.
      I don’t get why then those would not need to be “Jewish” values.

      The instructions on Repaying good for evil is not supposed to imply being trampled underfoot on all occasions.

  • B’SD
    First when they saiy answer with kindness it means kindness to their fellow Jews .That is
    right.JDO is calling upon all Jews in Italy to form Jewish Self-Defense Units and train in
    kickboxing,knives and guns (legal ones) and guard synagogues and Jews from attack from Arab
    extremist Jew-Haters of Hamas or neo-nazis in Italy !
    For more info go to wwwjewishdefense.org

  • Now THAT’S funny!!! I posted my (1) comment (by hitting the Submit Comment button once), and a page came up and said “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.” Why can’t we Jews ever do anything right? I mean, even making a working comment page is beyond us??? Sigh. Well, let’s see if it happens again when I post this comment…

    • No, they have not fixed this problem.

      I find it annoying and insulting.

      I e-mailed them several times and they have yet to answer.

      They have a good selection. It is unfortunate that they discourage robust discussion.

  • “Answer evil with kindness”??? What precisely is broken in the heads of these Jews??? They’re becoming as utterly useless and cowardly as the rest of the Euro-trash, and that’s a shonda. The best — and, really, only — way to deal with the Arab filth is to exterminate them and be done with the little cockroaches. If a few of the vermin went missing, they’d calm down, and no one would care.

    • Who was it – I can’t quite remember the name – someone who thought along your lines – I’m sure you know who it was – of course, at my age my memory is failing – but it’s just on the top of my tongue. Ah! I know. Adolf Hitler. And there’s some event later this month, what can it be? Oh, now I remember, Holocaust Memorial Day. I’m sure you could do better, exterminate every Arab from Morocco to Iraq. That would be a real Holocaust, don’t you think.

      • Denis,

        I agree one cannot casually apply one view or extreme action to all individuals of a group. But your analogy is still a false one. On the whole the Jews in Germany were good citizens (who didn’t go around murdering and raping) but contributed greatly culturally and scientifically to their adoptive country, and even won medals fighting for that country in WWI. On the other hand, the Muslims publicly and openly say they intend to take over Europe, and in the meantime, a higher than average percentage commit rape, assault, theft, murder, rioting, and the torching of cars. They also deliberately flood the social welfare system in Europe and sap their wealth. These are all facts. Look at the stats. If you can find them. And they then turn around and make further unreasonable demands on their host countries. So don’t compare fresh apples with rotten ones. We are talking about FACTS in this case – not pseudo-scientific racial theories. Nor your misplaced tender feelings. The only group who openly wants to commit genocide are Muslims.
        Here’s an oft-quoted Muslim Hadith:

        “Judgment Day will come only when the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, until the Jew hides behind the tree and the stone, and the tree and the stone say: ‘Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah , there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!'”

        See:

        http://www.questionsonislam.com/question/war-between-jews-and-muslims-end-time-mentioned-will-you-give-information-about-talking-tre

        and

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_and_antisemitism#Antisemitic_comments_by_Muslim_Leaders_and_Scholars

        “Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society… then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them… We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.”
        – Karl Popper

  • Firstly lets call it what it is…Jew Haters…Anti-Jewish

    Semites include Muslims…in today’s world it is time to remember this.

    Why haven’t I heard abut this attack on the American Yeshivah student in the publici media as well? where are the articlces in the NY Times…CBS…NBC…ABC…Fox news etc.?

  • This is a despicable act on a Jewish person by despicable people who learn to hate in their mother’s womb. Italy is another country in Europe that will be swallowed up by the descendants of Amalek.

    Ben Zion
    Melbourne
    Australia

  • Answering evil with kindness is a very weak response and has proven ineffective historically. Dialog with local Muslim and public safety authorities is the first step in putting a stop to this alarming increase in Italian antisemitism.

  • Jews leave EU and go home. Eu is going to be destroid by the war expected between the Muslims and the old citizens of EU

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