Uruguayan Jew stabbed to death in suspected anti-Semitic attack
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Uruguayan Jew stabbed to death in suspected anti-Semitic attack

Local businessman David Fremd, 54, attacked by knife-wielding man who reportedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar'

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

David Fremd, center, was stabbed to death in a suspected anti-Semitic attack in Paysandu, Uruguay, on March 8, 2016. (Facebook)
David Fremd, center, was stabbed to death in a suspected anti-Semitic attack in Paysandu, Uruguay, on March 8, 2016. (Facebook)

BUENOS AIRES — A Jewish man died Tuesday after being stabbed repeatedly in a suspected anti-Semitic attack in Uruguay.

David Fremd, a 54-year-old local businessman, was attacked in the western Uruguayan city of Paysandu, on the border with neighboring Argentina.

One of his three sons was also injured in the attack, but his wounds are reportedly not life-threatening.

Fremd was a local representative of the Uruguayan Jewish umbrella group. His family suspects that the attack was religiously motivated, according to a report by local news outlet Subraydo.

His suspected assailant, a 35-year-old man with a criminal record, reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” before stabbing him, the local El Pais newspaper said.

Police arrested the suspect.

Sergio Gorzy, the president of Uruguay’s Jewish umbrella organization, told Subraydo that Fremd was stabbed 15 times and that the attacker mentioned at one point in the interrogation that his act was targeting the Jewish community.

Uruguay is home to an estimated 20,000 Jews, the vast majority of whom live in the capital, Montevideo.

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