Jewish teen assaulted on Toulouse-Lyon train (JERUSALEM POST) By JOSEPH STRICH, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT 07/06/12)
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French Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemns the “anti-Semitic
aggression”; suspects arrested.
PARIS – Men attacked a 17-year-old boy wearing a kippa and tzitzit
ritual fringes on a train in southern France on Wednesday.
The boy, a student at the same Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse where
Islamist terrorist Mohamed Merah killed four Jews on March 19, was on
his way to visit his family in Lyon when “a group of other young men
started to insult him [and] harass him before beating him up near the
toilets,” police said.
The suspects were identified and arrested on Thursday.
The attack only ended when a passenger and a conductor intervened.
The victim was hospitalized in Lyon and sent home, then pressed
charges against his aggressors at a police station in the city.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemned the “anti-Semitic
aggression” and called for a “fight against all the resurgences of
this strong evil that is the anti-Semitism in our country.”
“The number of acts is rising, their violence too, [since] the
killings perpetrated by Mohamed Merah,” he said.
According to the French Jewish Community’s Protection Service, there
were more than 90 anti-Semitic incidents in the country during the 10
days that followed March 19’s shooting.
And on June 2, three Jewish teenagers – a girl and two boys wearing
kippot – were attacked in Villeurbanne, a town with a large Jewish
population near Lyon. They were insulted and beaten by attackers of
foreign origin who used racial slurs. The victims were hospitalized
before being sent home.
Johan Sportouch, the secretary of the Union of Jewish Students,
declaimed after the Villeurbanne incident “the resurgence of anti-
Semitic acts in France.
“Jewish citizens are a recurring target. Since the Toulouse Affair
one can no longer underestimate the seriousness of anti-Semitic
aggression,” he said. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/06/12)
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