Jewish man shot outside Miami synagogue in possible antisemitic incident

The Yeshiva World News reported the victim is Yosef Noach ben Leah Tzivyah, aged 69.

July 29, 2019 22:34
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Miami Dade Police car, illustrative

Miami Dade Police car, illustrative. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

A Jewish man was shot Sunday evening outside a synagogue in North Miami Beach in what the Jewish Agency said was likely an antisemitic attack.

The man was standing outside Young Israel of North Miami ahead of Mincha prayer services when the assailant drove by in a black car and shot him six times, according to initial reports. 

The Yeshiva World News reported the victim is Yosef Noach ben Leah Tzivyah, aged 69, and calls on the Jewish community to pray for him.

The man was treated on the scene by a volunteer of Hatzalah and then transferred to Aventura Medical Center. He is reportedly in stable condition.

Police are investigating the possibility that the shooting was an antisemitic hate crime, though security sources close to the Jewish community informed The Jerusalem Post that initial reports indicate the shooting was not directly targeting the synagogue nor the Jewish victim, but may have stemmed from an earlier incident between the offenders and a third party.

"First of all, I wish complete recovery for the wounded," said Yaakov Hagoel, vice chairman of the Jewish Agency. "I call upon the US authorities to put an end to the wave of antisemitic terrorist attacks that are being perpetrated against Jews in the United States. It’s time for Jews to be able to live their lives like any other citizen."

Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog said he has been personally in touch with community leaders and believes it is a case of antisemitism.

This is a developing story.

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