German man charged with attempted manslaughter for stabbing rabbi

January 31, 2008 14:53

A 22-year-old German man has been charged with attempted manslaughter for stabbing a rabbi last year, Frankfurt prosecutors said Thursday. The suspect, who was not identified, also faces charges of causing dangerous bodily harm and invasion of privacy in connection with the Sept. 7 attack on Zalman Gurevitch, prosecutors said in a statement. The rabbi told authorities his assailant said, "I'll kill you, you (expletive) Jew," prosecutors said. The man then pulled out a knife with a a 7.6-centimeter blade and stabbed the rabbi in the stomach. The accused has denied the attack had an anti-Semitic motive or that he wanted to kill Gurevitch, telling police he felt "physically inferior" to the rabbi and was acting in self defense.

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