Friday 27 June 2008

Jewish teens victims of gang violence in Paris 19th district

Le Monde and Le Figaro reported that on the same day as Rudy Haddad was lynched by a gang, two other Jewish adolescents were victims of serious assaults in the same area (19th district of Paris). Kevin was attacked with a machette and suffered cuts to his arm which necessitated hospital treatment. The other youth was hit on the back. It seems that in these alleged "brawls" between gangs, it is mainly young Jews who are the victims.

From the EJP:

"Five youths detained after a Jewish teenager was beaten into a coma by a gang in Paris have been released without charge, AFP reported Wednesday quoting judicial officials.

The minors, aged 14 to 17, were held for questioning as witnesses following Saturday's attack in the multi-ethnic 19th district of the capital.

The Paris prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin said Tuesday the 17-year-old victim, Rudy Haddad, was beaten by a gang after street brawls between Jewish teenagers and youths of north African and sub-Saharan descent.

The boy was so badly beaten by a gang wielding metal bars that he went into a coma from which he only emerged on Monday.

According an informed source, he is slowly recovering but remains “very traumatized” and is encountering memory problems.

A probe for "murder attempt aggravated by its anti-Semitic character” has been launched against the perpetrators, a group of six or seven youths of black African origin, who remain at large.

The prosecutor has confirmed the anti-Semitic character of the aggression and said anti-Semitic insults – like "dirty Jew" - were shouted during the aggression.

Sources quoted in the press reported that several brawls broke out in the area Saturday afternoon between Jewish and North Africans and black youth groups and that Haddad was attacked later on the day when he was walking alone in Rue Petit, near the Haya Mouchka Lubavitch synagogue."

See also:
The Murder of Ilan Halimi A Jewish man is kidnapped in Paris, tortured for 24 days and then dies, by Nidra Poller in the WSJ

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