A Jewish man with ties to the Chabad community in Italy was reportedly stabbed multiple times near a pizza shop in Milan, a spokesperson for the Chabad organization reported on Thursday night.
The man, identified as Natan Graf, was attacked at approximately 8:20 p.m. local time outside of the Carmel Kosher Pizzeria located in a predominately Jewish neighborhood in Milan.
“Thank God he’s not in danger,” said Rabbi Moshe Shaikevitz, director of Beit Chabad-Milan Jewish Center said in a statement on the group's website. According to Shaikevitz, a number of Israeli students were standing nearby when the attack happened, and heard the victim's cries for help.
The assailant, who was reportedly an Arab male, fled the scene with an accomplice.
"There is always police protection outside the community school, the Chabad school, synagogues and other Jewish institutions, and there is also a local Jewish protection group,” explained Shaikevitz. “We all hope and pray nothing like this happens again.”
Police are investigating the incident as a possible anti-Semitic attack, although no further details have been provided.
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