After Milan Stabbing, Jewish Sites in Italy Get More Security

Following the stabbing of a Hasidic Jew in Milan Thursday night, security at Jewish and Israeli sites throughout Italy is being bolstered.

Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano met with the head of Italy’s Jewish communities to discuss what the ministry said was “the commitment of law enforcement agencies to guarantee security for Jewish institutions and the potential sites that those who foment hatred might want to target,” The Associated Press reported.

According to the AP, Milan police said there was no evidence so far to indicate a hate crime and sought to play down the attack. However, Milan’s provincial security committee decided to intensify security around Jewish and Israeli targets to the highest levels.

The stabbing victim, Natan Graf, is the son-in-law of Chabad emissary Rabbi Levi Hezkia and is, according to the AP, an Israeli citizen. Graf, 40, sustained serious injuries, including to his face, in the attack, but none is life-threatening.

Graff was wearing a yarmulke at the time of the attack, which occurred outside a kosher pizzeria in the heart of Milan’s Jewish neighborhood. He is recovering at Milan’s Niguarda hospital.

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

After Milan Stabbing, Jewish Sites in Italy Get More Security

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close