Argentina – ‘We know that you are the AMIA Rabbi’: Chief Rabbi brutally beaten in his home
The Chief Rabbi of Argentina Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich was brutally beaten in his home in Buenos Aires in the early hours of Monday morning and has been hospitalized with serious injuries according to the AMIA Jewish community center.
Davidovich’s wife was tied up during the home invasion. The assailants stole money and other possessions from the home while also telling Davidovich “We know that you are the AMIA Rabbi.”
AMIA described the attack as “alarming” and called on the authorities to quickly investigate the assault.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
“I send wishes for a quick recovery to Argentina Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich and his wife who were viciously assaulted.
We must not let anti-Semitism rear its head. I strongly condemn the recent acts of anti-Semitism and call on the international community to take action against it.”
The World Jewish Congress was “shocked and incensed by the brutal attack against the Chief Rabbi of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, Gabriel Davidovich, who was savagely beaten by robbers inside his own home,” said WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer.
Singer added, though, that the WJC is “grateful that the authorities in Buenos Aires and Argentina are treating this matter with the severity and concern that it deserves. It is not yet clear whether this was a targeted crime of hateful anti-Semitism or a barbaric criminal act, but we trust that the authorities will continue to do everything in their power to determine the motive and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Anti-Semitic hate crimes are on the rise all across the globe, with swastikas and hate graffiti appearing on Jewish institutions and property in a number of countries, including Poland, Greece, Spain, and Italy.