A Dutch-Jewish woman was injured in a stabbing attack at a kosher restaurant in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam Monday night. The attacker is in custody.
Ronnie Eisenmann, president of the advisory board of the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), a Dutch monitor, told VIN News that the attack took place at approximately 8 PM local time, when an unidentified English speaking man walked into the Rimon Grand Cafe in the city’s Jewish Quarter.
According to Eisenmann, the man left ten minutes later, crossing the street and going into a grocery store where purchased a knife before returning to restaurant.
At Rimon the man then ordered a coffee and entered into a discussion with two women seated nearby, before pulling out a knife and stabbing one of the women in the back.
He then told restaurant staff to call the police and turned himself in without resistance. The woman suffered lightly to moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Waitresses in the restaurant said that the man appeared to be confused and did not speak Dutch.
While the motive for the attack appears unknown, members of the local Jewish community are concerned for their safety.
“After the attacks in Paris we urged police to step up security,” Eisenmann told VIN News.
“Our synagogues and main buildings have full security but we see that our shops and restaurants have much less security.”