Jewish teens barely escape axe attack in Paris suburb
There is a good reason why Jews are fleeing France in numbers not seen since the 1930s. A virtual pogrom is developing there. Where are all the interfaith councils who should be denouncing this sort of thing? What about the meeting just convened by the pope bringing together the leaders of the Palestinians and the Israelis?
Instead of becoming a major human rights concern, stories of vicious attacks on Jews in Europe only make headlines when multiple corpses are involved, and even then, rapidly fade from public notice and concern by the usual human rights brigades.
Two Jewish teenagers told police they narrowly escaped an attack near Paris by a hatchet-wielding man and three others.
The attack occurred late at night on June 4 in Romainville, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to a report by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.
The teens, aged 14 and 15, said they were walking to the Lilac Synagogue with their grandfather to attend Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a custom in which Jews study scripture all night. While crossing the town’s Market Square, the two boys and their grandfather, all wearing kippahs, said they were followed by a tall man in his 20s wearing a long beard. They described the man as having an athletic figure and an Arab appearance.
Producing a hatchet, the man began to chase the two boys, according to the BNVCA report, then whistled to three other men who joined the chase. The boys and their grandfather filed complaints with police, BNVCA President Sammy Ghozlan wrote.
Last month, BNVCA and SPCJ, the watchdog of France’s Jewish communities, documented two suspected anti-Semitic beatings of Jews in the Paris suburb of Creteil. Also last month, police received a report about three men who were filming the entrance to the local Jewish school of Creteil, Otzar Hatora.
In March 2012, France saw a sharp increase in anti-Semitic acts following the murder by an Islamist radical of four Jews at a Jewish school in Toulouse.