A woman wielding knives kicked a rabbi and tore his kippah off in a horrific anti-Semitic attack.
The 50-year-old woman suddenly approached the rabbi before pulling the knife out of her handbag in Vienna.
Then she kicked him in the leg, knocked his hat off, and grabbed his kippah – a skullcap worn by Orthodox Jewish men.
Police said the stranger had “insulted or threatened him anti-Semitically” and then fled the attack on Thursday afternoon.
A police search of the area could not find the woman and an agency investigating terrorist acts has now taken control.
The rabbi said he was not injured in the attack. a police press release Description of the incident said.
Interior Minister Karl Nehammer vehemently condemned the act: “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 obviously anti-Semitic attack.
“There is no such thing as tolerant anti-Semitism – regardless of whether it is politically or religiously motivated.”
It comes just weeks after four were killed in a terrorist attack on the eve of Austria’s new lockdown.
The 20-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai raged bloody all over Vienna and injured 22 people, including a police officer, before he was shot.
The Austrian and North Macedonian dual citizen was released from prison in December after being convicted of supporting the Islamic State.
A man identified as Fejzulai was shown posing with guns on social media prior to the attack.
Austrian authorities believe Fejzulai acted alone when he attacked six different locations in a small area full of nightlife.