Boston rabbi says it’s a ‘miracle’ he survived a knife attack
The rabbi stabbed eight times in front of a Jewish school in Boston said it was a “miracle” he had survived – as he recalled the attack in broad daylight in a new interview.
Rabbi Shlomo Noginski – speaking through an i24News translator in Tel Aviv – recalled Thursday’s terrifying attack outside the school where more than 100 children were attending a summer camp .
“I would like to thank God. A miracle, a great miracle has happened to me,” Noginski said. “He only managed to stab me eight times in my arm and limbs, but it could have been a lot worse. I feel relatively good and thank God for the miracle.”
At first, Noginski said the suspect, Khaled Awad, 24, approached him with a gun, asking him to open his car. Thinking it was a theft, Noginski offered his keys to his attacker, he told 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 maybe it was a theft. But then I gave him the keys to my car. I gave them to him once or twice. [saying] ‘take the keys.’ “
Noginski said Awad told him to get in the car, at which point he thought he was being kidnapped, and realized “this is a terrorist attack” , he told i24.
“I ran away from the school where there were a lot of children,” he continued. He said the chase lasted about five to seven minutes before he was stabbed in a nearby park.
“It’s a walking miracle talking to you right now.”
Noginski told i24 the reactions had been “warm” and the synagogue – which was less crowded due to concerns over COVID-19 – had seen a resurgence in attendance.
“As a result of such an assault, we become stronger,” he said in the interview. “We are not ashamed to be Jews. We are not ashamed to wear the kippah. We are not ashamed to dress as Jews.”
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Noginski said he hopes this is a one-off isolated event.
Khaled Awad, a 24-year-old Egyptian national, has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer. The incident is being investigated by the Boston Police Department as a hate crime.
Awad was taken into custody without bail when arraigned on Friday, the Boston Herald reported.
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