World Jewish News
Two Jewish brothers wearing kippah violently aggressed near Paris
Two Jewish brothers wearing a kippah were beaten and one’s finger was sawed off, in a violent anti-Semitic attack in Bondy, a Paris surburb, earlier this week, the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNCVA), a group monitoring anti-Semitic incidents in France, reported. The aggressors were reportedly ‘’of North African origin.’’
The two men, 29 and 17 years old, were hospitalized in a state of shock. A police complaint was filed by the two victims whose father is a local Jewish community leader. Police launched an investigation.
According to BNCVA, the two were driving near Bondy Tuesday night, when their car was forced off the road by another vehicle, whose occupants were shouting anti-Semitic slogans including, “Dirty Jews, You’re going to die!”
A group of men came out of a café nearby and surrounded their car. The men punched and kicked the brothers, threatening to kill them if they moved. Shockingly, one of the men used a metal hacksaw to saw off one of the brothers’ fingers.
BNCVA called on police to ‘’do its utmost in order to identify the anti-Jewish aggressors.’’
French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux on Friday expressed “indignation” and said all means will be used to find the perpetrators.
The head of the Jewish Agency for Israel in France said aliyah (immigration to Israel) rates continue to soar in France, amid ongoing anti-Semitism in the country.
Daniel Benhaim, who oversees the agency’s offices in France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain, he said France’s Jews are undergoing a considerable exodus from a country rife with intolerance.