Paris Uber driver says he was beaten, robbed because of Jewish name
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Paris Uber driver says he was beaten, robbed because of Jewish name

Israel Hai says anti-Semitic ambush involved about 10 young men who brutally assaulted him until he blacked out and stole his jewelry

Illustrative - the Uber app on a phone in New York. (AP/Richard Drew, File)
Illustrative - the Uber app on a phone in New York. (AP/Richard Drew, File)

JTA — A French-Jewish taxi driver was mugged and beaten in what he said was an anti-Semitic crime by perpetrators who targeted him because of his Jewish-sounding name.

The driver, a 33-year-old man from the Paris region whose first name is Israel Hai, said he accepted a ride in Clichy Sous-Bois near Paris early Thursday morning through the Uber application. Drivers and passengers can see one another’s names ahead of the ride.

This is what happened next, he told his wife and parents:

A man in his 20s was waiting for him at the appointed place and asked to sit in the front seat. Then a group of about 10 young men surrounded the car. One of the perpetrators told Israel Hai, “Israel, you k***, you have money, we’re going to need to frisk you.” The men then beat the driver forcefully in the head, causing him to blackout.

The perpetrators then pulled him outside of the car by his hair, kicked him and stole his jewelry. Some of them were wearing balaclavas, and some beat him with batons. They then stole his car, glasses, wallet and his shoes. Bruised and barefoot, Israel Hai asked passersby to drive him to a police station, where officers also referred him to medical attention.

He had light injuries and was discharged with a concussion.

His parents filed a complaint on his behalf with police and the National Bureau for Vigilance Against anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.

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