Monday, March 06, 2006

French Jews under attack - again!

Reuters: French Jewish leaders denounced on Monday as anti-Semitic three weekend attacks in the rough suburbs around Paris where the torture and murder of a young Jew last month caused outrage. The Paris Consistory, the main Jewish religious body in the capital, said the attacks in which three young Jews were beaten up and insulted were part of a spiral of violence that must be stopped immediately. "The Paris Consistory is concerned about this worrisome series of anti-Semitic attacks," it said in a statement that urged officials to judge and punish the culprits quickly. Police said attackers broke the nose of a rabbi's son and stole a mobile phone from his friend in the first attack on Friday evening. On Saturday evening, another Jew suffered a dislocated shoulder when four youths assaulted him. Police guards and video surveillance have now been stepped up at synagogues in the Sarcelles area north of Paris where the attacks took place, French radio said. A shocking murder last month stoked fears that anti-Semitism was again on the rise in France, which saw a wave of attacks on Jews and their property earlier this decade. Ilan Halimi, 23, was found naked and tortured on February 13 after three weeks of captivity and died shortly afterwards...
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