Jewish Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's son assaulted and robbed

The 17-year-old son of Chicago Mayor Emanuel was robbed outside of his home; in 2010, he had his bar-mitzva in Jerusalem.

December 21, 2014 09:42
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Rahm Emanuel (R) and his son Zach visit the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City May 27, 2010.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The son of Chicago's first Jewish mayor Rahm Emanuel was attacked outside his home in Chicago on Saturday, CNN reported.

"Yesterday evening, Mayor Emanuel's son Zach was assaulted in a robbery during which his phone was stolen," the mayor's office spokeswoman Kelley Quinn told CNN. "He sustained injuries that required medical treatment, but was able to join the family for a long-planned trip."

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The mayor himself did not release a statement, but his spokeswoman continued and said "The mayor's focus is on his son's well-being, and as parents, he and Amy ask that the media respect their family's privacy at this time."

CNN also quoted Chicago police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney, who did not confirm the victim of the attack on the Chicago street was in fact the son of the Jewish mayor.

He said the incident occurred when the victim was approached while walking near his home "by two unknown male offenders who grabbed him and went through his pockets, taking his phone and then they fled the scene."

Seventeen-year-old Zach was bar-mitzva'd in Jerusalem in 2010. Some 40 well-dressed friends and relatives of the Emanuels attended the ceremony, including former ambassador to the United States Itamar Rabinovich and Catholic relatives of Emanuel’s wife, Amy, who converted to Judaism.

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