Over the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, Rabbi Shlomo Tawil was attacked on the streets of Rosario, Argentina by three men. Rabbi Tawai has been the director of the Chabad Lubavitch center in Rosario for many years.
The three assailants approached him on the street and starting hurling anti-semitic slurs at him, threw him on the floor and then began to violently kick him. This went on for a good few minutes until the neighbors came to his aid.
The Rabbi who has 8 children and two grandchildren suffered injuries to his head and abdomen. He is reported as stable and is recovering at a local hospital.
The DAIA. a Jewish political umbrella in Argentina released a statement saying;
”We demand from the authorities a total and absolute clarification of this unfortunate event. We hope that these violent people will be definitively eradicated from the Argentine society that has chosen the path of coexistence, peace and justice.”
This is not the first time a Rabbi was attacked in South America.
This past April a man attacked a Rabbi and congregants at a synagogue in Buenos Aires, South America after the conclusion of the Friday night prayer service.
The assailant threw stones at the congregants and broke a bottle and threatened the congregants. A woman stood beside him who shouted numerous anti-semitic slurs at the worshipers. The synagogues security guard took down the man until the police came to arrest him.
The synagogue’s rabbi, Uriel Husni who suffered cuts on his arm said “I never thought that something like this could happen. We had terror here. Together with security, we were able to stop it. We are asking for police protection for the door of the synagogue.”
Back in March, Argentina’s Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich was severely beaten and savagely attacked by a group of strangers who entered his house in Buenos Aires, and ended up being hospitalized with serious injuries.
Davidovich’s wife was tied up during the break-in and the assailants stole money and other possessions from the home while also telling the Rabbi “We know that you are the AMIA Rabbi.”