Concrete slab hurled into home of 84-year-old Jewish woman near Paris
search

Concrete slab hurled into home of 84-year-old Jewish woman near Paris

Anti-racist group calls attack a hate crime; victim uninjured but reportedly traumatized by incident, which comes amid surge in anti-Semitic acts in France

French soldiers patrol next to a Jewish school, in Paris. Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Illustrative: French soldiers patrol next to a Jewish school in Paris, January 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

JTA — A large concrete slab was thrown through a living room window of an Jewish 84-year-old woman on Monday near Paris, France, in what an anti-racism group called a hate crime.

No one was injured in the incident in the suburb of Gagny, but it left the victim “traumatized,” the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism, or BNVCA, wrote in a statement Wednesday.

BNVCA believes the woman was singled out for attack because she has a mezuzah on the door frame of her home.

French Jews, who represent less than one percent of the country’s total population, faced more than 41% of racist acts documented in France in 2019, according to the French Jewish community’s security service, SPCJ.

The 687 anti-Semitic acts documented in 2019 constitute a 26% increase over 2018, the SPCJ report for 2019 also said.

read more:
comments