A pedestrian street in Casablanca.
Buildings dating from the World War II era, renovated into a pedestrian street. Photo by AP
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JTA - The rabbi of the Jewish community in Casablanca, Morocco, was beaten on Friday night as he walked to synagogue for Sabbath services, allegedly because of Israel’s Gaza operation, according to local and Israeli reports.

Rabbi Moshe Ohayon suffered a broken nose and broken ribs, and was beaten on the head in the attack, according to the French language alyaexpress-news.com. The rabbi reportedly asked passers-by for help but was ignored.

The alleged attacker, a local Muslim man in his 20s, reportedly told the rabbi during the attack that it was in retribution for Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. The assailant is known to local police, according to the report, and officers were searching for him in order to arrest him.

Following the attack, Casablanca Jews called on local authorities to increase security around synagogues and other Jewish institutions.

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