Zurich strengthens security measures around Jewish institutions after attack | Abroad

In the Swiss city of Zurich, police will increase security measures at Jewish institutions after a possible anti-Semitic attack. The institutions announced this today. An Orthodox Jew was seriously injured in the knife attack.

Zurich police said in a statement today that a 50-year-old man was seriously injured in the attack that took place on Saturday evening. A 15-year-old Swiss teenager suspected of the attack was arrested at the scene.

The reasons for the attack are not yet clear, the statement said. The police of Switzerland’s largest city and the public prosecutor’s office consider that it could be an anti-Semitic crime.

The police said they consulted with several Jewish institutions after the incident and decided to strengthen security around these institutions as a precautionary measure.

The Swiss Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism (GRA) condemned the attack. The foundation states that witnesses heard the suspected perpetrator shouting “anti-Semitic slogans indicative of a hate crime.” The GRA sees a direct connection with the tensions surrounding the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.