A mentally ill man shouted, "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) before stabbing a Jewish man in Strasbourg, France.
The attacker had a history of anti-Semitic violence, Strasbourg’s chief rabbi Rene Gutman told AFP, according to ABC.
The victim, 62-year-old Chalom Levy was wearing a Jewish kippa when he was stabbed in the abdomen outside of his home on Aug. 19. He was admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“He had been shopping for Shabbat [the Jewish day of rest on Saturday] and he was walking back home when it happened, on the corner right by his house,” Mendel Samama, a local rabbi and friend of Levy, said, The Independent reports.
“He was stabbed once and the guy shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, and when he took the knife out to stab him again he ran away,” he added.
Levy, a retired factory worker with three grown children and grandchildren, ran to a bar for help.
“I don’t know how he had the power but he managed to run to a bar,” Samama said. “I think it saved his life.”
The stab wound to Levy's abdomen did not puncture any vital organs.
Samama told Levy he thinks it is a miracle he's alive.
In 2010, the suspect was placed in a psychiatric hospital after he attacked another kippa-wearing Jewish man with an iron bar, ABC notes.
Samama told The Independent that Levy’s family wants to know why he was discharged.
Authorities arrested the attacker and opened an investigation.
A motive for the attack has not been confirmed, nor has any possible link been made to terrorist groups.