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Jewish woman stabbed at Amsterdam kosher restaurant

A Dutch Jewish woman was lightly injured in an unprovoked stabbing attack in the kosher Rimon cafe in Amsterdam's Jewish quarter May 24, 2016
Stabber asked staff to call police following attack, turned himself in without resistance

A Dutch-Jewish woman was injured in a stabbing attack at a kosher restaurant in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam Monday night.

She suffered lightly to moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Ronnie Eisenmann, president of the advisory board of the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), a Dutch monitor, told VIN News that the attack took place at approximately 8 PM local time, when an unidentified English speaking man walked into the Rimon Grandcafe in the city’s Jewish Quarter.

According to Eisenmann, the man left ten minutes later, crossing the street and going into a grocery store.

Amsterdam’s AT5 News reported that the man purchased a knife at the store before returning to Rimon.

The man then ordered a coffee and entered into a discussion with two women seated nearby, before pulling out a knife and stabbing one of the women in the back.

He then told restaurant staff to call the police and turned himself in without resistance. 

Waitresses in the restaurant said that the man appeared to be confused and did not speak Dutch. 

While the motive for the attack appears unknown, members of the local Jewish community are concerned for their safety.

“After the attacks in Paris we urged police to step up security,” Eisenmann told VIN News.

“Our synagogues and main buildings have full security but we see that our shops and restaurants have much less security.”

Eisenmann urged police to pursue the matter seriously and to keep the public informed of all developments.

“It is crucial that authorities come around as soon as possible and tell us the motive for this crime,” said Eisenmann.

A report last year said that the Netherlands saw an increase of 71 percent in anti-Semitic incidents in 2014 compared to 2013.

The report by CIDI found that 100 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in the Netherlands in 2013, compared to 171 in 2014.


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