Paris: In Latest Violent Antisemitic Attack Two Assailants Pin Down Victim While Another Beats Him
A Jewish youth was violently attacked in Paris on Friday afternoon just days following a similar attack on a Jewish woman and two weeks after 40 men assaulted two Jewish youths in the city, the French-Jewish JSS News reported.
The incident took place at 6 p.m. on Paris’ Rue Manin in the 19th Arrondissement near the Buttes Chaumont park.
The victim, a 16-year-old wearing a yarmulke who was heading home for Shabbat, was approached by three men described as “North African” who robbed and assaulted him, stole his shoes, and smashed his cellphone on the ground. The attackers were aged between 17 and 20 years old, according to the report.
The group then began to beat him. Two of the assailants held the victim back while a third repeatedly struck him in the body and head. One of the young man’s eyes was severely injured.
According to a witness who spoke to police, during the attack another individual who was passing by, described as “Maghrebi,” approached the group, but instead of assisting the victim, he encouraged the attackers to “break” the Jewish teen.
The assailants finally fled when a nearby girl called the authorities. A report was filed with the police when they arrived on the scene.
Local antisemitism watchdog Bureau National de Vigilance Contre l’Antisemitisme (BNVCA) pledged to assist the victim and his family and asked the police to take all steps to identify and detain the attackers.
The Buttes Chaumont district is home to many Jewish families, according to JSS News, and several Jewish businesses have been targeted there in recent months. The perpetrators have not been found.
The attack marks the latest in a growing antisemitic trend in France, and Europe as a whole. Earlier this year, an Islamist gunman seized a Kosher supermarket in Paris and killed four Jewish hostages. Just a few weeks later, a security guard was killed in Copenhagen when a lone gunman opened fire in front of the city’s Great Synagogue.
In 2006, a French Jew was kidnapped from his cell phone store on the City’s Boulevard Voltaire. He was tortured and ultimately killed.