Jewish Agency Chairman Zeev Bielski
Photo: Haim Zach
US: Molotov cocktail thrown into home of Jewish Agency envoy
Molotov cocktail thrown into Rhode Island apartment of Jewish Agency representative: envoy was not hurt. FBI and local authorities are investigating incident

A Molotov cocktail was thrown Saturday into the home of a Jewish Agency envoy residing in Rhode Island in the north-eastern United States. The envoy, who was home at the time, was immediately evacuated to a nearby hotel following the incident.


The incident took place at 2 am (local US time) when a Molotov cocktail was throw through the living room window of the envoy's apartment. He was in a different room at the time, and was therefore not injured. The Molotov cocktail set a nearby yard on fire, but firefighters dispatched to the scene easily extinguished the flames.


The FBI as well as local Rhode Island police personnel are investigating the incident. This is the first time that a Jewish Agency envoy is attacked in this fashion.


The Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Zeev Bielski, spoke to the envoy following the incident in order to show his concern and support.


Bielski noted that the Jewish Agency would assist  the envoy in every possible fashion, and would work closely with the Foreign Ministry and American law enforcement agencies in order to thoroughly investigate the incident.


The Jewish agency has hundreds of envoys worldwide that engage in all manner of educational, Zionist and PR endeavors. The agency furthermore organizes numerous solidarity rallies with Israel, including a recent rally following the shooting attack on the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem. 


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