The savage stabbing of a Boston rabbi is being investigated as a possible hate crime, with the alleged assailant facing assault charges. According to DailyMail, the rabbi’s family and local officials believe he was attacked because of his Jewish origin.

Rabbi Noginski, a Shaloh House teacher and rabbi, was sitting outside talking on his cell phone when the perpetrator attacked him.

At around 1.19 p.m. on July 1, Khaled Awad, 24, reportedly slashed Rabbi Shlomo Noginksi eight times on the street outside Shaloh House, a Jewish Day School and synagogue on Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton.

According to Chabad, Awad first attempted to kidnap Noginski at gunpoint. However, the rabbi resisted and managed to run across the street, where the attacker repeatedly stabbed him in the arm.

Awad, 24, who is from Brighton, has been apprehended and will appear in Brighton District Court on charges of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, according to the police department. A knife and a revolver were supposedly discovered in a nearby alley where Awad was arrested, WCVB reported.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins announced on Friday, July 2, that the DA’s civil rights section and the Boston Police Department Civil Rights Unit started a civil rights examination into the alleged attack and will keep the public informed.

The inquiry into if the alleged assault was a hate crime, according to Mayor Kim Janey, would provide the information the public demands.

According to the Boston Police Department, the cops went to the site to find Rabbi Noginski, who came to Boston from Israel, suffering from “multiple stab wounds.” He was treated for “non-life threatening injuries” after being brought to a nearby hospital.

According to Dov Hikind, a former New York state assemblyman and founder of the grassroots movement Americans Against Antisemitism, the rabbi’s family believed he was assaulted because he is Jewish.

Hikind said, “Based on my conversation with his brother (he) believes the guy wanted to kidnap him. … The perpetrator was not interested in his money, not interested in his cell phone, was not interested in anything except to attack this individual.”

Hikind said anti-Israel rhetoric has contributed to a rise in anti-Semitic attacks and singled out Democrat Representatives Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib comments. 

Rep. Ilhan Omar has defended her comments equating the U.S. and Israel to terrorist groups like Hamas and the Taliban.

According to authorities, the inquiry into the incident is still underway, and anyone with information is encouraged to notify District Detectives.