Argentinean and international Jewish organisations are demanding action from local and regional authorities amid recent violent antisemitic attacks in the country.

The Argentinean Jewish political umbrella DAIA labeled the attack on Rabbi Shlomo Tawil in Rosario as “brutal antisemitic aggression” and demanded an investigation into the climate that may have spawned such violence.

The attack on Tawil is the third physical antisemitic assault in the last two months. There other two took place in Buenos Aires. Such assaults have been rare.

Tawil, of the local Chabad-Lubavitch organization, was attacked by three men in the city center of Rosario, located in the centre of the country. The men shouted antisemitic epithets before removing the rabbi’s hat and trampling it on the ground, and then beating the rabbi, who was walking alone.

Local Rosario city officials, members of the national government and opposition leaders condemned the attack. Argentina is holding presidential elections in October. For the first time, there is an accused neo-Nazi presidential candidate.

Alejandro Biondini of the Patriotic Front party already said he would expel the Israeli ambassador if elected. In launching his campaign, Biondini reiterated his promise and threatened the country’s Jewish leadership.

“I said to the DAIA that this is Argentina… this is not Israel,” to applause and shouts from the crowd.

Argentina has about 180,000 Jews out of a population of over 44 million.

Anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina rose by 14 percent in 2017 over the previous year, according to a DAIA report, the most recent national statistics. Online antisemitic incidents made up 88 percent of the 2017 total, nearly double the 47 percent in 2014.