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Raphael and Rebecca Nissel, a Jewish couple attacked on the way to their synagogue in Beverly Hills

Jewish Couple Targeted in Bloody Beverly Hills Attack Says Antisemitism Has Hit a Level They've 'Never' Seen Before

An elderly Jewish couple was attacked while on the way to a synagogue in Beverly Hills and spoke out about the terrifying assault, warning they’ve never seen this level of antisemitism before in their lives.

Rebecca and Raphael Nissel discussed the bloody attack and their take on surging antisemitism amid the war in Gaza on American media. At one point, when asked if she had ever seen anti-Jewish hate as bad as it is now, Rebecca replied, “No, never.”

“It started a couple of years ago, maybe during COVID, and it slowly deteriorated… I started to stash away my jewelry into safes, and it was very awful to understand at this point that it went up since the Israel-Hamas war 300%.”

The suspect of the attack, now in police custody, allegedly lashed Raphael in the head with a belt buckle Saturday morning, December 9, and yelled at Rebecca, “Give me your earrings, Jew!” before leaving the scene. Raphael’s shirt was covered with blood following the attack. He was wearing a yarmulke at the time.

The pair said they are okay now, but Raphael noted “much more could be done” to combat anti-Jewish hate as it plagues colleges and communities alike. He argued the solution lies within education, warning that higher institutions are “sending the wrong message” to students, as hate-filled rhetoric continues to fill university classrooms.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, antisemitism has spiked 388% since the Israel-Hamas war began. (FN / VFI News)

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