Florida Rabbinical Student Attacked in Apparent Hate Crime

Assailant shouts 'Jews should go back to Auschwitz. Hitler was right,' at a 19-year-old man studying at the Boca Raton Chabad center.

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JTA - Police in Boca Raton, Florida, are investigating a verbal and physical attack that happened on Saturday on a rabbinical student as a possible hate crime.

The assailant, who was riding a mountain bike, shouted “Jews should go back to Auschwitz. Hitler was right,” at a 19-year-old man who reportedly is studying at the Boca Raton Chabad center. When the student yelled back, the assailant rode over to him, repeated his statements and pushed and punched the victim before riding off.

The victim told the local television station WPTV Channel 5 that the incident left him shaken up.

“I’m doing better,” he said. “It was just a little bit nerve-wracking having someone scream at me these things.”