Antisemitic Attack: Jewish man dragged, run over during menorah lighting in Kentucky

It’s the fourth time members of the Jewish community have been targets of antisemitism at the Lexington, Kentucky Chabad of the Bluegrass this year. This time, the attack took place on the third night of Hannukah (Saturday) when a member of the Chabad center was hit by a car, dragged for one block and run over.

The assailant was yelling “abusive language” when he grabbed the victim, dragged him by the arm, and ran over his leg.

The victim was injured and later transported to a hospital, but before leaving the scene, he told his community to continue with the candle lighting, the center wrote on its Facebook page.

The center also credits the victim with saving the lives of several children whom he jumped in front of and shielded with his body.

Watchdog group StopAntisemitism.org posted on Twitter Sunday that there’s allegedly footage of the attack and that “local authorities SHOULD be able to catch the person/people responsible.”

This Chabad has been the victim now of four total attacks this year, reporting incidents of vandalism, neo-nazi fliers and threatening phone calls to its Rabbi.

Still, despite the hate, the center continues its mission to bring together the local Jewish community, which includes students from the University of Kentucky.

“The Lubavitcher Rebbe, my personal mentor, and the foremost leader of world Judaism in the modern era, often remarked that in a place of great darkness a small flame cast a great light,” Rabbi Shlomo Litvin said in his Facebook post, following the Hannukah attack.

He added, “When you add light to a dark room the room is no longer dark. When you add light to a seemingly dark world, the darkness always recedes.”

The center recently replaced its sign for the fourth time in five years due to continued antisemitic vandalism.

The rabbi also pledged in August after neo-nazi fliers were posted on the building that he would offer classes on Judaism and antisemitism to the public.

Many public figures condemned Saturday’s attack, including Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and Congressman Andy Barr.

Jennie Taer

Jennie Taer