Suspect Caught by Police in Connection to Shocking Antisemitic Attack

( – Police in Beverly Hills arrested a man for assaulting a 75-year-old man and shouting antisemitic abuse. Jarris Jay Silagi allegedly robbed Raphael Nissel and attacked him with a deadly weapon, causing a deep wound to his head, while he was walking to a synagogue with his wife on December 9.

Mr. Nissel told the Los Angeles Times that a man struck him from behind with a belt buckle, then “something hard hit” his forehead. The culprit then allegedly shouted, “Jew, give me your jewelry,” before fleeing.

The incident occurred at North Rexford Drive and North Santa Monica Boulevard when Nissel and his wife were on their way to the Young Israel of North Beverly Hills synagogue, where he was due to deliver a reading. He was treated well at the scene and made it to his meeting on time. “My wife had to run to the house to bring me a new shirt. I walked to the synagogue and was able to perform,” he said.

Witnesses described the suspect to police, and he was later apprehended and identified as Jarris Jay Silagi, a 44-year-old Los Angeles resident. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery, elder abuse, and a hate crime. Sigali has a prior conviction for robbery in Beverly Hills in 2012 and was held on $100,000 bail at Los Angeles County Jail.

Alan Tzvika Nissel, the couple’s son, posted about the attack on Twitter, saying the attack was unlikely to be broadcast on mainstream media. “Here is an antisemitism vignette you won’t read about in papers. Yesterday, on the way to shul, my father (75) and mother (70) were attacked,” he wrote.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass condemned the “vile act” and pledged to work with partners to “actively combat antisemitism.”

The Anti-Defamation League, which combats antisemitism, reported 312 incidents in the US between October 7 and 23, up from 64 for the same period in 2022.

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