That’s what the Arabic speaking man that police in Frankfurt are looking for said just before he stabbed 42-year-old Chabad Rabbi Zalman Gurevitch. Prosecutors have offered a reward of 4000 Euro ($5,400 US) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. Rabbi Gurevitch is in the hospital recovering – hopefully he’ll be back home for Rosh Hashana. Hopefully the police in Frankfurt will find the guy that did this. Soon.
Meanwhile, in Uzbekistan (uh oh) the JTA reports that “Mark Vail, founder of Tashkent’s Ilhom theater, was assaulted at the entrance to his apartment building, stabbed and had his skull broken.” Vail was a well known theater director, having run the Ilhom theater, the Soviet Union’s first independent theater, for over 30 years. Vail was also an outspoken critic of the cultural policies of the Uzbekistan’s authoritarian ruler, Islam Karimov. Oh, and Vail was a Jew.
And in Israel, 69 soldiers were reported wounded (5 seriously) by a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists claiming to be members of the Islamic Jihad from the Gaza Strip. Apparently “[t]he rocket hit an equipment store at a base in southern Israel. Shrapnel from the explosion tore through surrounding tents where the soldiers were sleeping.” One can just imagine an Arabic speaking man saying “I’ll kill you, you F*cking Jew!” just before launching the Qassam that injured the soldiers. Qassams are wildly inaccurate and the best one can say is that at least this time, they injured combatants instead of the usual unfortunate civilians and little children.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned last week that Israel would “without hesitation and without pity” launch counterstrikes against militants who fire rockets from the Gaza Strip, which has been under the control of the Islamist militant group Hamas since June.
Note to self: Do not sell life insurance policies to Arabic speaking men who claim to work for the Al Quds Pizza Parlor in Gaza City. Just sayin’ is all.
Who else wants to kill Jews? Uh… Israeli Neo Nazis apparently:
Nice. Israeli police arrested 8 Russian born Israelis on charges of… well, apparently being a Nazi isn’t illegal in Israel because there’s no law against it. No one ever imagined… So they’re being held for assault and vandalism and crap like that. One of the eight arrested has a grandmother who is a Holocaust survivor (yeah, I know… what f*cking Holocaust?) who claims that there is no way her sweet little grandson could have been involved in racist attacks against religious Jews and immigrant workers. Never mind the “God is with Us” tattoo (motto on Nazi soldiers’ belt buckles). He was just a history buff led astray by uh… too much vodka?