Anti-Semitic attack in France: Assailants yelled ´dirty Jew´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Shiri Hadar Published: 06.05.12, 17:29)
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Father of Jewish teenager who was attacked with hammer in
Villeurbaine over the weekend says his son ´psychologically weak´ but
not angry. Rabbi: Local Jews regularly cursed at and spat on
"They yelled ´dirty Jew,´ and cursed and spat on my son and his
friends. A squabble ensued, but it appeared to be over after a few
minutes. But 10 minutes later my son and two of his friends were
surprised to see the same three young Arab accompanied by 10 other
teenagers. This time they were armed with a hammer and metal
objects." This is how David Azulay described the attack on his son
Eli in the French city of Villeurbaine over the weekend.
Eli Azulay sustained injuries to his head and neck. One of his friend
suffered lacerations to his forehead and ears, while another friend
was injured in his shoulder. The three were treated at a local
hospital but were released after a short time.
Speaking to Ynet, the father said his son has recovered
physically, "but psychologically he´s weak, very frightened. When
people attack you with a hammer – it´s not an not an everyday
occurrence. My son is 19, and his friends are about 20, and they are
all afraid to leave the house. Eli isn´t angry because it´s not in
his nature, but he´s been very quiet since the incident."
David Azulay works at a local Jewish school that is run by Chabad.
The school´s principal, Rabbi Shmuel Gorvitch said he and some of the
victims´ relatives met with Villeurbaine´s mayor on Monday. A local
police representative and a government official also attended the
"They promised to do everything in their power to catch the
assailants," the rabbi said.
David Azulay said the officials spoke "like politicians" and
predicted that it would take some time before the assailants are
"I´m not optimistic," he said, "I´m not afraid, but I don´t think the
situation will change."
French authorities were quick to condemn the attack, with French
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault calling it "an unbearable act of
"This attack… proves that we must constantly fight all forms of
racism and anti-Semitism. We must do so using harsh measures, but
also through education for tolerance," he said.
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls also denounced the attack,
calling it "a deliberate attack against the republic."
Rabbi Gorvitch said Villeurbaine´s Jewish community has been targeted
before. "We are regularly cursed at and spat on." Just last month, he
said, a youngster riding on a motorcycle fired rubber bullets at a
car that was being driven by a man wearing a yarmulke.
"The car´s window was open, and the (Jewish) man was hit by the
bullets. Luckily, he was only lightly wounded," the rabbi told Ynet.
Azulay mentioned another incident in which a young Jewish man was
attacked with a hammer. "Such incidents don’t happen every week, but
a few times a year in a country such as France is a lot," he
"This is the country of freedom and democracy, so these incidents
should not occur so frequently."
As for the possibility of making aliyah, Azulay said "a similar
problem exists in Israel, so moving there is not necessarily the
solution. We face different enemies over the years, but the Jews
continue to live." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/05/12)
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