Man who stabbed rabbi had record of violence

20th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2007, Frankfurt (dpa) - German prosecutors studying a shocking stabbing attack on a rabbi in a Frankfurt street said Wednesday the self-confessed assailant had a record of violence against non-Jews as well. The September 7 assault on the Frankfurt orthodox rabbi, 42, led to heart-searching about whether it was safe to wear Jewish dress on German streets. Prosecutors confirmed a report in the newspaper Bild that the suspect, 22, a German national of Afghan descent, had received a warning and tw

20 September 2007

Frankfurt (dpa) - German prosecutors studying a shocking stabbing attack on a rabbi in a Frankfurt street said Wednesday the self-confessed assailant had a record of violence against non-Jews as well.

The September 7 assault on the Frankfurt orthodox rabbi, 42, led to heart-searching about whether it was safe to wear Jewish dress on German streets.

Prosecutors confirmed a report in the newspaper Bild that the suspect, 22, a German national of Afghan descent, had received a warning and two weeks of detention in January for several acts of violence.

These included punching a caretaker and firing an air-gun towards him four times while yelling "Dirty German." In another case he had threatened a bus-driver with a knife.

Witnesses said the suspect, who is in custody and has admitted the attack, yelled "Dirty Jew" when he thrust a flick-knife into the rabbi's abdomen after a Friday night altercation on a busy street.

The rabbi is recovering from the stab wound.

DPA

Subject: German news

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