Monday, March 06, 2006

We Accuse

More anti-Semitic attacks in France

Three anti-Semitic attacks in a Parisian suburb over the weekend led the country's interior minister to increase security measures in the community.

Nicolas Sarkozy announced at a meeting Sunday night that further police reinforcements would be put in place in Sarcelles. "Anti-Semitism is on the rise in our country," said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, deputy of the Val d'Oise, a region near Paris, as he exited the meeting.

On Friday afternoon, a local rabbi's 17-year-old son was attacked by two men near the synagogue, and suffered a broken nose.

Also on Friday afternoon, an 18-year-old man was attacked by a group of five men, who insulted him and stole his cell phone.

On Saturday night, a 28-year-old man wearing a kipah was verbally and physically abused by four men and suffered a dislocated shoulder, according to police sources. The culprits were found and placed in police custody.

Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Office of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, said that "after the anti-Jewish murder of Ilan Halimi, these aggressions against the Jews of Sarcelles are perceived" by the culprits "as threats and provocations."

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