The synagogue of Noisy-le-Grand of the Seine-Saint-Denis district in Paris, was vandalized on Wednesday night, the third such incident within a ten-day period.
“I am 73 years old and I cried like a child,” synagogue caretaker Maurice Zana told Anach Infos, a French-language Jewish news website.
“They came to plunder, but all in all they took only two vacuums,” Zana said in his description of the incident. “They must have been upset that there was nothing else to take.”
The perpetrators threw prayer books and shawls to the floor and shattered windows upstairs. “They vandalized the walls, tables, clocks and the floor,” Zana continued. “They ransacked all the drawers where Talesim (prayer shawls) are kept, they threw the holy books on the floor.”
The Bureau National de Vigilance Contr L’Antisemtisme (BNVCA), a French anti-Semitism watchdog has alerted the authorities of the incident, calling for more measures to be taken to prevent further hate crimes. “Despite the measures taken, things persist, and I think that we need additional legislation, because the Jewish community is annoyed,” said BNVCA president Sammy Ghozlan.