Knife-wielding woman screams ‘slaughter all Jews’ as she attacks rabbi in Vienna

A rabbi was attacked at knifepoint by a frantic woman who ripped his skullcap off and allegedly shouted: "Slaughter all Jews."

The attacker fled the scene in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Thursday and has not been tracked down, police said.

Despite scouring the area detectives have been unable to find the suspect, while officials have spoken up to condemn the anti-Semitic attack.

Described as being 50-years-old and wearing a grey coat, she is said to have approached the clergyman before pulling a knife from her handbag.

She kicked him in the leg, and tore his kippah from his head, police in Austria said.

The woman proceeded to shout anti-semitic slogans before fleeing.

It has been widely reported that the knife-wielding woman screamed "slaughter all Jews" as she carried out her assault.

According to Austrian police, the Rabbi was left largely unscathed – but Austrian leaders have spoken out against the attack.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said: "I condemn today's anti-Semitic attack on a rabbi in Vienna in the strongest possible terms. We must fight anti-Semitism with all determination and do everything we can to make Jewish life safe here in Austria.

"Because Europe without Jews is no longer Europe."

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Minister of the Interior, Karl Nehammer, added: "This attack is an attack on Jewish life in Vienna.

"In addition to the increased protection of the synagogues that has already been ordered, all measures are being taken to quickly clear up this apparently anti-Semitic attack. There is no tolerance for anti-Semitism – regardless of whether it is politically or religiously motivated."

Austria is already recovering from a horrific terror attack in the capital that saw our people gunned down near the Vienna’s main synagogue.

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ISIS-sympathiser Kujtim Fejulai, 20, brutally shot and killed Nexhip Vrenezi, 21, Li Qiang, 39, Vanessa Preger-McGillivray, 24, and a 44-year-old Austrian woman in the shocking attack on November 2.

He carried out his horrific slaughter armed with an automatic rifle and machete whilst being strapped with fake explosives.

Fejulai injured 22 people as he fired at random before being shot dead by police just before 8.10pm.

Despite the synagogue being on the street where the attack was carried out it was not considered the main target.

Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said the synagogue was closed at the time of the attack.

All synagogues, Jewish schools, institutions of the Jewish Community of Vienna, and kosher restaurants and supermarkets were closed the following day as a precaution.

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