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December 23, 2014 10:00 am

‘Anti-Jewish Criminals’ Sought by Police After Shots Fired at Paris Synagogue

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Paris synagogue shooting. Photo: BNVCA.

Paris synagogue shooting. Photo: BNVCA.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire at the David Ben Ichay Synagogue in Paris’ 19th Arrondissement late Monday night, police confirmed to the French-Jewish JSS News site.

Police said a pellet from an AirSoft pellet gun was fired at a window in the building at about 9:30 PM.

The round went through the closed window of the religious center’s office – the only lit room – but did not hit the synagogue’s Rabbi Lousky or an assistant who were present.

An initial report said the assailants fired a round from a semi-automatic rifle, which officials later discounted.

The Jewish Bureau National de Vigilance Contre L’Antisémitisme (BNVCA) alerted police who opened an investigation into the attack, after finding the bullet.

Police are searching for two suspects seen in the vicinity at about 9:20 PM, according to JSSNews.

The BNVCA called on French authorities to do everything possible to “identify and question the anti-Jewish criminals.”

The BNVCA hopes the ballistics forensics services will be able to conclusively determine whether the shot was fired from the street or from a nearby building.

The BNVCA, in a statement, reiterated that “anti-Semitic acts are increasing in France and that recent attacks by radical Islamists in Joue-les-Tours, Dijon and Nantes are rooted in a misguided Palestinianism and visceral anti-Zionism.”

France has been rocked by three separate attacks by Muslim suspects in the last three days, two of them using vehicles to ram into pedestrians, and the third a stabbing attack on police in Tours.

The BNVCA recommended that all those responsible for synagogues, Jewish schools and other institutions increase their vigilance and caution.

Some 300 French soldiers are being deployed to provide increased security in some areas, in the wake of the series of what local officials are calling unrelated attacks.

On Dec. 1st, the Paris Jewish community was shocked by a brutal rape and home invasion by several Muslim suspects, who perpetrated the assault  “because you are Jews,” according to the female victim’s testimony to police.

Roger Cukierman, the veteran president of CRIF, the representative body of French Jews, has issued an extraordinary warning concerning the potential fate of his community.

“Jews will leave in large numbers and France will fall into the hands of either Shari’a Law or the Front National,” Cukierman declared at a rally against anti-Semitism in the suburb of Creteil last Sunday, to loud applause from the assembled crowd.

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  • Que se quede francia con sus musulmanes, se siente importante ante esos barbaros, un pais que en este siglo no aportado nada nuevo al mundo, vive de sus glorias pasadas, tiene envidia de Israel, este ya no le compra armas

  • Isaac brajtman

    To he French revolution result was Liberty,Equality,Fraternaty.
    Then they changed the colours of their flag to pure white

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Instead of running away why don’t you organize and fight. Running away has not worked out so well for Jews in the not so distant past, has it?

    If Jews had fought in 1920 and killed Hitler and the Nazi party then there wouldn’t have been a Holocaust would there?

    Where are you running to? Israel? America with all its nut jobs running around killing Jews?

  • Daniel Birnbaum

    No, Macro, French Jews do not “need” you. They have their own community structures. You have your own problems. And, no, France is not a bad country for Jews — quite the contrary. In the case in point, a parallel exists: several years ago, a Jewish day-care center in Los Angeles was shot at by an anti-Semite. Poorly reported by the American press, this anti-Semitic incident — highly similar to the recent shooting in Paris — has been ignored or forgotten by American Jews who imagine themselves invulnerable. EVERY SINGLE ANTI-SEMITIC ACT IN FRANCE HAS A COUNTERPART IN THE UNITED STATES. All social research — by French-Jewish sociologists and media experts, as well as by the Pew Research Institute and the Sofres-Taylor surveys — reveals France to be, if anything, LESS anti-Semitic than America. Wake up, my fellow American Jews! — Daniel Birnbaum, Paris.

  • Susan Staehs

    How Corrosive France has become..If France wants to be saved..NOW IS THE TIME FOR TERRORIST MUSLIMS TO GO BACK FROM WHERE THEY CAME FROM..IF NOT NOW, WHEN..

  • Emily f. Korzenik

    Hateful acts in communities with too many hostile angry people so often begin with attacks on Jews but in the end everyone suffers.

  • racy

    Jews, leave France and go to Israel. My family burned in
    Europe because they stayed until 1939. Leave the French with the Muslim terrorists who will destroy them and impose Sharia law in France. The French let them in
    and the terrorists multiplied. The French police lost control a long time ago and they will suffer heavy loses for their stupidity. The Jews must leave France.
    There is no longer a future for them in France (or Belgium, or Sweden or Denmark, et.) The terrorists want all Jews dead and the governments are a bunch of cowards. They will not protect you. Close your businesses, sell your homes and go. Your lives and your families are more important.

  • The “Palestinianism” referred to by the BNVCA is not at all “misguided” as reported. Pro-Palestinian groups are acting exactly as directed by Palestinian leaders and their official Charters.

  • CGG

    I fervently hope all French Jews will leave that country. The government is not doing enough to protect them. Europe in general has allowed its virulent anti-Semitism to re-emerge less than a century after European Jewry was nearly annihilated. There are still Holocaust survivors who are alive to witness the hate resurface! Memory is apparently very short. I, for one, am imposing my own BDS policy on Europe, and with no foreseeable end-date. Bastion of high culture? That’s laughable.

  • Jane

    But if large numbers of Jews leave France, then the perpetrators are getting exactly what they want! The Muslim extremists want to make France ‘Judenrein’ but we all know that the Jews are only the first target. They are a comparatively small number. The Protestants and Catholics will come next. The Jews and everyone else in France must fight back and dig in their heels, although I know the temptation must be strong to get out.

  • Macro

    France is such a bad country for jews…

    And thank you for reporting often about them. We need to help french jews. They need us.

    • Ivan Gur-Arie

      France is not onlya sad country for Jews, but also for the non Jewish Frenchman. With a government extending its tolerance to theMuslim community, France will soon not be able to determine its own destiny but will be dictated to by a non native and intrusive culture. This will lead France to be referred to as AL France or give way to extreme nationalism of the Laval and Petain variety.

      • Stanley

        The French, of all peoples, should know what to do about a large foreign presence. They should have learned from the experience of those French people who settled in Algeria and were expelled when that country became independent. So, when the French declare their independence from the Muslim Empire…