A rabbi was attacked on a knife by a frantic woman who ripped off his skullcap and reportedly shouted, “Slaughter all the Jews.”
The attacker fled the scene in the Austrian capital Vienna on Thursday and has not been located, police said.
Despite searching the area, investigators have been unable to find the suspect, while officials have spoken to condemn the anti-Semitic attack.
Described as 50 years old and dressed in a gray coat, she is said to have approached the pastor before pulling a knife from her purse.
She kicked him in the leg and tore his kippah from his head, police in Austria said.
The woman shouted anti-Semitic slogans before fleeing.
It has been widely reported that the woman who brandished the knife shouted “slaughter all the Jews” as she carried out her attack.
Austrian police said the rabbi was largely unharmed, but Austrian leaders have spoken out against the attack.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said: “I condemn today’s anti-Semitic attack on a rabbi in Vienna in the strongest possible terms. We must fight anti-Semitism with all determination and do everything we can to make Jewish life here in Austria safe.
“Because without Jews Europe is no longer Europe.”
Interior Minister Karl Nehammer added: “This attack is an attack on Jewish life in Vienna.
“In addition to the increased protection of the synagogues that has already been ordered, all measures are being taken to quickly clean up this seemingly anti-Semitic attack. There is no tolerance for anti-Semitism – regardless of whether it is politically or religiously motivated.”
Austria is already recovering from a horrific terror attack in the capital that killed our people near Vienna’s main synagogue.
ISIS sympathizer Kujtim Fejulai, 20, shot and brutally killed Nexhip Vrenezi, 21, Li Qiang, 39, Vanessa Preger-McGillivray, 24, and a 44-year-old Austrian woman in the shocking November 2 attack.
He carried out his gruesome slaughter, armed with an automatic rifle and machete, while tied up with fake explosives.
Fejulai injured 22 people when he fired randomly before being gunned down by police just before 8:10 pm.
Despite the synagogue being located on the street where the attack took place, it was not considered the main target.
Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said the synagogue was closed at the time of the attack.
All synagogues, Jewish schools, Vienna Jewish Community institutions, and kosher restaurants and supermarkets were closed the next day as a precaution.