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November 13, 2015 2:48 pm

Italy Increases Security Around Jewish, Israeli Sites After Milan Stabbing of Orthodox Israeli Near Kosher Pizza Place

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Milan Synagogue. Photo: wiki commons.

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Italy has bumped up security at Jewish sites in Milan after an Orthodox man was stabbed multiple times near a kosher restaurant in the city on Thursday, Israeli Army Radio reported.

Milan’s security committee decided after the attack to raise security to its highest levels around Jewish and Israeli sites that could become targets, reported ABC news.

The victim was identified by the Milan Jewish community as a 40-year-old Israeli man named Nathan Graff. An unknown assailant stabbed him seven times near a kosher Pizza place.

His most serious wound was a slash across the face, but he was apparently being treated for only light wounds. According to ABC news, Milan’s Jewish community said it hoped the attack was an isolated episode.

Italy has yet to announce the arrest of any suspect.

Jewish human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, meanwhile said the attack had signaled the arrival of the recent spate of stabbing attacks, across Israel and the West Bank, on the European continent.

“The so-called ‘Intifada of Knives’ has arrived to Italy in yesterday’s attack on a Jewish man outside a kosher restaurant in Milan,” said Dr. Shimon Samuels, SWC’s director for international relations, in a letter to Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.

He called on Italy to deploy military personnel to all Jewish synagogues, schools and other centers, similar to how France secured Jewish sites after January’s vicious attack against a Kosher supermarket in Paris.

“As we have seen in the Charlie Hebdo and Jewish supermarket incidents in Paris, though Jews may be the primary victim, the terrorist’s strategic target is democracy itself,” said Samuels, calling on Muslim leaders to condemn antisemitism, especially in the wake of the stabbing attacks convulsing Israel.

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  • Put all politics aside – fighting and quashing terrorism is a matter of world survival.
    The world needs to put together immediately International task forces to fight terrorism and Muslim extremists. It needs to be a well trained force with substantial resources and manpower as well as International intelligence cooperation with no restriction. It has to be a unified and cohesive battle to abolish terrorism at all costs. Let the terrorists know that there is no hole they can hide in, that the world terrorist task force and other law enforcement agencies will get them wherever they are. We must shut off all their resources, financing, financial institutions and any source that supply them with any kind of support; weaponry, economic, information, etc. whatsoever.
    I urge the world powers at large to take these terrorist events seriously with utmost urgency. The situation is at a critical stage and if immediate all out action is not taken in all parts of the world, terror and mayhem will take over the world and we will not be able to stop it.
    Just imagine if one of those terrorist got a hold of a nuclear suitcase bomb. Do I need to describe it any further?
    Is there a leader today (please stand up) in the free world who can take the bull by the horn and initiate this global war on terrorism.
    YJ Draiman

    P.S. God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change things that I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference.

    Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can not be treated just where it is visible – every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed completely with no traces left.

    When a poison strikes the human body, the only way to address it, is to remove it and destroy it completely. That is the way the terrorist organizations should be treated.

    YJ Draiman

  • Fred

    The security of Jews in Europe has become precarious. The happenings in France is a good illustration. We are back to the NAZI Germany 1930 but this time we have the NAZI Muslim.

  • Paula Goldman

    The anti-Semites of the world have been trying to kill us Jews for a thousand years. Though small in numbers we are brave and strong. We will survive and continue to spread democracy, learning, charity,courage,superb physicians and scientists and good food. Hallelujah!