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Amid a sharp rise in anti-Semitism across the U.S, police are investigating an attack involving a Jewish family in Miami.
Eric Orgen says he was walking with his wife and daughter,16, between synagogue services on Collins Avenue when a group of men driving by started shouting, cursing and throwing garbage at them, according to reports.
“They just started screaming some derogatory things towards Jewish people out the window,” Orgen told CBS12. “My first thoughts were just making sure my wife and daughter were behind me so I could take the brunt of anything that was going to happen.”
Orgen said the men yelled things like, “Free Palestine,” “Die Jew!,” “F– you Jew” and “I’m gonna rape your wife.”
That’s when an armed “guardian angel” intervened.
“The guy in the car behind them saw everything go on,” he told the CBS affiliate. “I saw him pull a gun and get in between — I mean he was almost there as our guardian angel just protecting us. I think once they saw him they just took off.”
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava denounced the anti-Semitic incident in a statement Wednesday.
“As a member of the Jewish community and the first Jewish Mayor of Miami-Dade, acts of antisemitism in our County cut especially close to home,” the mayor said. “They also deepen my commitment to ensure Miami-Dade remains a place where all people are welcomed, respected, and made to feel at home, regardless of where they come from or their faith.”