REPORT: Jewish Man Run Over In Anti-Semitic Attack During Menorah Lighting Ceremony

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A driver ran over a Jewish man during a menorah lighting ceremony at the University of Kentucky’s Jewish Student Center Saturday, according to reports.

The congregation gathered on the third night of Hanukkah and was preparing to light the menorah, Newsweek reports.

A vehicle allegedly pulled up to the group and barely missed the volunteer camera crew, according to Newsweek. The driver then began yelling obscenities at the crowd.

“Words were exchanged between the two, including possible anti-Semitic statements by the driver,” said Breanna Angel, a spokesperson for the Lexington Police Department, according to Newsweek. The victim was reportedly standing on the curb when the driver pulled up next to him. (RELATED: ‘Closer To Animals’: Nick Cannon Goes On Racist, Anti-Semitic Rant, Says ‘White People’ And Jewish People Are ‘The True Savages’)

The driver of the vehicle reportedly grabbed the victim’s arm before speeding off and dragging the victim.

“When the driver let go, the victim fell and struck his head on the pavement,” Angel said, according to Newsweek. After the incident, the victim reportedly waited for the menorah to be lit before going to the hospital.

The victim was reportedly transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.