Uruguayan Jewish Leader Bemoans ‘Antisemitic’ Murder of Prominent Member by Assailant Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’
The head of Uruguay’s Jewish umbrella organization asserted that Tuesday’s stabbing attack in the city of Paysandú, which left 54-year-old Jewish businessman David Fremd dead and his son wounded, was indeed “an antisemitic act.”
Sergio Gorzy, president of the Comité Central Israelita del Uruguay, told the American Jewish Committee (AJC) that he was also grateful to the Uruguayan authorities for their “unconditional support.”
The AJC expressed horror on Wednesday at the murder of one of Paysandú’s most prominent Jewish citizens at the hands of a knife-wielding assailant shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
The AJC extended condolences to the family of 54-year-old David Fremd, committed by a 35-year-old convert to Islam with a criminal record who reportedly told police that Allah had told him to find a Jew and kill him.
Fremd was apparently crossing the street when the suspect lunged, stabbing him in the back 15 times.
AJC’s Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs director Dina Siegel Vann said, “While this kind of antisemitism is uncharacteristic for Uruguay, the violent attack demonstrates again that vile hatred of Jews transcends borders. AJC stands with our Uruguayan Jewish partners, who, together with government authorities, must now be ever more vigilant in ensuring Jewish security and safety.”
Fremd was a businessman in Paysandú – the city with one of the oldest Jewish communities in the South American country that is home to a total of some 200,000 Jews – and a local representative of the Comité. The son, one of three, who was with him at the time of the attack, sustained wounds that were reported to be non-life-threatening.