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Two Israeli rabbinical students attacked with Molotov cocktail in New York

Two 19-year-old Israeli rabbinical students have reportedly been attacked with a Molotov cocktail in midtown New York. Yosef Rachimi and Yisrael Gadas, say they were walking near the corner of West 37th Street and 9th Avenue at 13:30 on Friday 9th October when they were attacked.

Speaking to the New York Post through a translator, Rachimi said: “I’m in complete shock. In 2015, an explosive bottle was thrown at a Jew in the streets of New York.”

Barry Sugar, a local Jewish leader observed: “It is conceivable that the attacker sees these boys every Friday and prepared this bomb to ambush them. A firebomb is not the kind of thing you have sitting in your car or in your bag unless you have someone to throw it at.”

Shopkeeper Shalom Hegazy, who witnessed the assault, said the attacker “lit something in the bottle—I think alcohol. The bottle broke on the floor, and the fire came up.”

The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack but no arrests have been made yet.

By Everyday Antisemitism

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