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Israeli consul says 2 to 4 Jews are among fatalities in Chicago shooting

US law enforcement search in downtown Highland Park, a Chicago suburb, after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade, July 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
US law enforcement search in downtown Highland Park, a Chicago suburb, after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade, July 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Israel’s consul in Chicago, Yinam Cohen, says he has confirmation that two of those killed in the July 4 parade shooting are from the Jewish community in Highland Park, and there are “indications that two of the other fatalities may also be members of the [Jewish] community.”

“Despite rumors [to the contrary]… all the indications are that there are no Israelis among the dead. None of the dead hold Israeli citizenship,” Cohen tells Israel’s Channel 12 news.

Asked whether the attack was aimed at the Jewish community, he says: “We are all examining that question. At present, there are no indications that this was an antisemitic incident, even though the profile of the attacker might be thought to match such an incident.

“The incident took place at a July 4 parade. There is nothing to connect to a Jewish incident. The investigation continues. We are in close contact [with the authorities]… I’m sure more details will emerge.”

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