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EJC calls for robust government response to combat anti-Semitism in France after violent attack on Jewish couple near Paris
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EJC calls for robust government response to combat anti-Semitism in France after violent attack on Jewish couple near Paris

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has expressed shock and horror after a brutal attack on a Jewish couple in Créteil, south-east of Paris. The three assailants broke into their apartment armed with a pistol and a sawn-off shotgun, demanding money and using anti-Semitic insults. They bound and gagged a couple and violently raped the woman.

“Once again Jews have been violently targeted and attacked,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said. “Unfortunately, it appears that it is ‘open season’ on Jews in France following so many recent violent attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions going all the way back to the brutal torture and murder of Ilan Halimi.”

“We call for the issue of anti-Semitic attacks to be placed at the forefront of the French government’s agenda and it requires an immediate response and plan of action to rid France of this scourge and allow Jews to feel safe once again.”

Two suspects have been arrested and a police complaint has been filed noting the violent attack and its aggravating anti-Semitic nature.

The EJC calls on police and public authorities in France to swiftly arrest all the perpetrators and bring them to justice as well as to enhance security at Jewish institutions and to protect the Jewish community.

“The response has to be reactive but also pro-active and we call on the French authorities and law enforcement agencies to get to the root of the problem and that is the spread of incitement against Jews which provides the impetus for thugs like these to believe that Jews are deserving targets,” Dr. Kantor continued. “The greatest right is the right to life and security, this right is being deprived of more and more Jews who are growing ever more fearful that they do not have the same freedoms as other French citizens.”

“This should be an intolerable situation for French authorities and we hope it will be remedied as soon as possible.”

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
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