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The rabbi stabbed eight times in front of a Jewish day school in Boston and said it was a “miracle” he survived – when he recalled the attack in broad daylight in a new interview.
Rabbi Shlomo Noginski – speaking through a translator for i24News in Tel Aviv – remembered the terrible attack on Thursday outside school, which was attended by more than 100 children in summer camp.
“I want to thank God. A miracle, a great miracle happened to me,” said Noginski. “He only managed to stab me in my arm and limbs eight times, but it could have been a lot worse. I feel relatively great and thank God for the miracle.”
Initially, Noginski said suspect Khaled Awad, 24, came up to him with a gun and asked him to open his car. Assuming it was robbery, Noginski offered his attacker his keys, he said i24.
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“When the terrorist approached me, he threatened me with a gun and asked me to open the car,” he said. “I thought it might be robbery. But then I offered him the keys to my car. I offered them to him once or twice.” [saying] ‘Take the keys.’ “
Noginski said Awad told him to get in the car, after which he thought he was being kidnapped and realized that “this is a terrorist attack,” he told i24.
“I ran away from school where there were a lot of kids,” he continued. He said the chase lasted about five to seven minutes before he was stabbed in a nearby park.
“This is a walking miracle that speaks to you right now.”
Noginski told i24 that the reactions have been “warm” and that the synagogue – which was less crowded due to COVID-19 concerns – has seen a revival in visitor numbers.
“We become stronger through such an attack,” he said in an interview. “We are not ashamed to be Jewish. We are not ashamed to wear the Yarmulke. We are not ashamed to dress as Jews.”
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Noginski said he hoped this would be a one-off isolated event.
Khaled Awad, a 24-year-old Egyptian national, has been charged with assault and assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and assault on a police officer. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime by the Boston Police Department.
Awad was held on his indictment Friday without bail, the Boston Herald reported.
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