Jewish community members worship at the Great Synagogue, Casablanca
Here we go again: attacks on Jews outside Israel always spike after violence escalates in the Middle East. Jews still in the Arab and Muslim world remain particularly vulnerable. Report in Arutz Sheva on the latest outrage in Morocco:
The rabbi of the Jewish community in Casablanca, Morocco, Rabbi Moshe Ohayon, was badly beaten on Friday as a retaliation by locals for Israel’s airstrikes in Gaza.
Rabbi Moshe Ohayon, before his beating (with thanks: Michelle)
According to Channel 2 News, a young man whose identity is
known to the police, waited for the rabbi as he was walking to
synagogue, then confronted him and kicked him.
The assailant then continued to beat the
rabbi, breaking his nose and causing serious injuries in his ribs. The
rabbi said that he begged for help but the passers-by ignored his cries.
The Jewish community in Morocco condemned the incident and said that
its members fear a rise in anti-Semitism as the IDF continues Operation Protective Edge.
"Since the recent incidents in Judea, Samaria and Gaza began, there
is an increase in harassment of Jews. It has become really scary to live
here," a member of the Jewish community was quoted as having said.
It was also reported that, in the wake of the rabbi’s beating, the heads of the local Jewish community have asked the police to beef up security around Jewish institutions in Casablanca.
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