Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Two young boys wearing a kippa attacked in Paris suburb

Source: EJP

Police detained five youths aged between 16 and 21 after the aggression which took place in Vitry-sur-seine, southeast of Paris.

After they came in defense of their two nephews hunted down by a band of 10 youths, a 40-year-old man and his 18-year-old son were severely beaten. According to CRIF [the umbrella representative body of Jewish organisations], the aggressors shouted anti-Semitic insults.

“When police arrived on the spot, the aggressors threatened the two teenagers and shouted anti-Semitic slogans,” CRIF said in a communiqué.

The Jewish body said it was clear that the incident "had nothing to do with conflict between rival bands."

The two wounded persons, who suffered severe bruises and an open eyebrow arch, were brought to hospital but could return home the same night.

According to a police official, there is a “strong suspicion” that the attack was anti-Semitic motivated.

The National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents in France, hailed the efficiency of police and asked that the investigation reveals the aggressors’ motivation and the reality of the anti-Semitic nature of the incident.

A northeastern district of Paris that is home to the French capital's biggest Jewish community has seen a rise in anti-Semitic violence in recent months.

Around 600,00 Jews live in France, the largest community in western Europe.

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