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Zurich Increases Protection for Jewish Establishments After Knife Attack

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In Zurich, security measures have been intensified around Jewish establishments following a stabbing incident that critically wounded an Orthodox Jewish man, prompting concerns of potential anti-Semitism. The attack, occurring on a Saturday evening, involved a 15-year-old Swiss suspect, who was apprehended at the scene. While motives remain under investigation, authorities are probing the possibility of an anti-Semitic crime. This decision to bolster security came after discussions with various Jewish organizations in the city.

The GRA Foundation, an entity combating racism and anti-Semitism, has voiced its condemnation of the attack. According to witness accounts, the assailant allegedly exclaimed anti-Semitic slogans, suggesting the act was motivated by hate. The foundation has highlighted this incident as part of a broader pattern of anti-Semitic incidents in Switzerland, which have surged amidst the recent tensions in the Middle East, particularly the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The conflict, escalating since October 7, 2023, has seen a significant rise in both anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hate crimes globally. Hamas initiated the conflict with an attack inside Israel, leading to approximately 1,160 fatalities, mostly civilians, and the abduction of 250 hostages, with 130 still held captive. In response, Israel’s military actions in Gaza have resulted in over 30,400 deaths, predominantly among women and children, as per reports from the health ministry in Gaza.

The GRA Foundation stresses that if the attack in Zurich is confirmed to have been driven by anti-Semitic motives, it should be recognized as a critical turning point rather than an isolated incident, underscoring the threat such acts pose to societal harmony and peaceful coexistence.

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