Details Emerge of Shocking Antisemitic Assault on Argentine Jewish Family During Mountain Vacation
Details are emerging of a shocking antisemitic assault that took place last week against an Argentine Jewish family while they were on vacation in the Sierras de Cordoba mountain range.
According to a statement from DAIA — the representative organization of Argentina’s 250,000-strong Jewish community — the targeted family included an 18-month-old baby and a 92-year-old adult.
The family of Orthodox Jews from Buenos Aires were driving through the mountain range from La Falda to La Cumbre last Wednesday when another car pulled up in front of them. The occupants, a non-Jewish family who were also on vacation, began screaming antisemitic abuse at the Jewish family.
When the driver of the Jewish family’s car got out of his vehicle in an apparent attempt to resolve the situation, he was greeted by a volley of insults that included, “You shitty Jews, get out of here!”
The Jewish man was then set upon by the occupants of the other car and subjected to what DAIA described as a “brutal beating.” The children of the assailants reportedly joined in with the assault.
After arriving in La Cumbre, the family first visited the municipal hospital for medical treatment and then the local police station to file a complaint.
According to the DAIA statement, the officers at the police station refused to give the Jewish man a copy of his complaint, telling him that it would be “archived” instead.
On Monday, however, authorities in Cordoba announced that they had arrested two of the assailants.
“The Ministry of Security reports that the Cordoba Police proceeded, by order of the prosecutor Paula Kelm, to arrest the individuals accused of being responsible for the attacks on the family who were vacationing in Cordoba and who were attacked because they are Jewish,” the Cordoba Provincial Government confirmed on Twitter.
El @minsegcba informa que la @PoliciaCbaOf procedió, por disposición de la fiscal Paula Kelm, a la detención de los sujetos sindicados como responsables de las agresiones a la familia que vacacionaba en Córdoba y que fue agredida por su condición de judía.
— Gobierno de Córdoba (@gobdecordoba) January 25, 2021