Officers and police said a man was injured during a menorah lighting in Kentucky on Saturday, when a driver assaulted him with shouting anti-shouts.
The attack took place at the Kentucky Jewish Center in Lexington, according to Chabad of Bluegrass.
In a Facebook post, Chabad said the driver pulled up to the university center Saturday night and began shouting derogatory language when a community member went in front of a “heroic” car.
The group’s post said, “The attacker grabbed the person and grabbed his arm, and dragged him over a block, dragging him for a block.” “The car is locked.”
Rabbi Shlomo Litwin, who co-directs Chabad of Bluegrass and sees the incident, told Chabad.com that the victim is a Jewish veteran of the US Marine Corps who was not identified.
He was taken to a hospital but later released, Litwin told the site.
Police described the driver as a man who was committing racial tremors in the congregation prior to the alleged attack, NBC affiliate Flex reported.
The incident is on the third night of Hanukkah. Chadub said Saturday’s Menorah lighting was supposed to focus on standing for hatred after the vandalism last month by the University of Kentucky Jewish Center.
Chabad said, “The fact that this incident was surrounded by violence is terrible, but through it all our menoraces have been burnt.”
Local and state leaders condemned the attack Saying that “There is no place of hate” in Kentucky.
“The attack took place on the third night of Hanukkah, during the Menorah-Prakash festival, all the more disgusting, hurt and cowardly,” he said.