Jewish man charged following synagogue stabbing over herring


SYDNEY (JTA) — A Jewish man has been charged by Victorian police following a stabbing incident at a Melbourne synagogue during a dispute over food.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was in serious condition in a Melbourne hospital after being stabbed in the abdomen following Saturday morning services at the Rambam Sephardi Shule. He and his alleged assailant, who fled the synagogue after the stabbing, had argued over either cake or herring. The two men apparently know each other.

The alleged assailant, a man police say is 46 years old, was charged with intention to cause serious injury, recklessly causing serious injury and assault with a weapon. He was released on bail and scheduled to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Sept. 23.

According to a report by the Community Security Group, the alleged attacker was intoxicated.

All streets in the area where the synagogue is located were placed on lockdown until the alleged stabber was apprehended.

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