An armed citizen intervened when a Jewish family walking home from their synagogue came under vicious harassment. The incident occurred in the small community of Bal Harbour in Florida’s Miami-Dade County.
Eric Orgen, his wife, and 16 year old daughter were walking down the sidewalk when a group of men drove by and started shouting and throwing things at them. That’s when an armed citizen intervened.
“They just started screaming some derogatory things towards Jewish people out the window,” Orgen told CBS12 News. He says they said things like, “Free Palestine, die Jew, F you Jew, I’m gonna rape your wife,” and even threw garbage at Orgen and his family.
“My first thought was 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.
That’s when Orgen says a stranger in a car intervened.
“The guy in the car behind them saw everything go on,” Orgen said. “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.”
An armed citizen in Miami, Florida, intervened and saved a Jewish family that was allegedly under attack after leaving their synagogue. https://t.co/tUiTfoUTUB
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Both the Mayor of Bal Harbour, Gabriel Groisman, and the Mayor of Miami-Dade, Daniella Levine Cava weighed in on the recent attacks against Jews:
“The purpose of these attacks is to put fear into the Jewish community’s hearts… They must know that they will FAIL. We’re a STRONG and PROUD community, we stand strong with Israel, and no amount of intimidation is going to work.”
Bal Harbour Mayor Gabriel Groisman
“Acts of hate and violence against any community are not tolerated in Miami-Dade County. Hate and intolerance contradict the foundations of our community – a place where so many generations of people found a safe home after fleeing their own countries to build a new life with their families.
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. 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.”
Miami-Dade Mayor Danielle Levine Cava
Anyone with more information is asked to contact Bal Harbour police officers at 305-866-5000 or Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
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