Singaporerecently reported its first case of a religiously aggravated assault – an unprovoked punching attack by a Muslim against a Jew. Azmi Osman, 35, who is unemployed and bears the tattooed inscription, “Anti Jews” on his right cheek, admitted to punching the right arm of Eliyahu Benhiyoun, 21, and promoting feelings of ill-will with the tattoo on his face. He also pleaded guilty to armed robbery and causing hurt in a separate incident. He was sentenced to a total of three years and 12 strokes of the cane. Benhiyoun wears a kippah and works for the Jewish Welfare Board. The prosecutor of the case said the offenses were racially or religiously aggravated, and threatened the long-term stability and social cohesion of Singapore.
ANTI-SEMITISM, A FIRST IN SINGAPORE