The Shliach in Rosario, the third most populous city in Argentina, was verbally and physically attacked in violence that has been characterized as anti-Semitic, the JTA reports.
Shliach Rabbi Shlomo Tawil was attacked Sunday night as he was returning home at approximately 8 pm, as he walked alone at the intersection of Corrientes and Tres de Febrero streets in the center of the city, local media reported.
The three attackers shouted anti-Semitic epithets before beating the Rabbi, hitting him in the face and stomach, beating him with their fists and throwing him to the floor, they also kicked and stepped on him. The attackers then threw his hat on the ground and trampled it.
The attack, which was stopped by the intervention of passersby, has been characterized as anti-Semitic since the attackers meant specifically to hurt the rabbi and did not steal anything from him, JTA reported.
The rabbi is recovering at home with his family. Originally from Buenos Aires, he has served as the Chabad emissary in Rosario since 1987, and is married with eight children and two grandchildren.
The president of the local city parliament, Antonio Bonfatti, tweeted Monday that “as a society we cannot allow these acts of violence and intolerance,” and called for “peace and coexistence.”
The attack on Tawil is the third physical anti-Semitic attack in the last two months. There other two took place in Buenos Aires, one in April and one in May.