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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Anti-Semitic attack’

Attack on Synagogue in Paris Suburb

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

A synagogue in a Paris suburb was struck Friday by another anti-Semitic attack of vandalism. Worshipers arriving for the morning service discovered a broken window.

The glass was shattered by a round object, as seen by the round shape of the hole in the center.

However, Beth HaMedrash Synagogue may not have reported the damage to local authorities, since the incident has not made it to the general media in France.

The identity of the attacker/s also is not known, and it is possible that worshipers fear retaliation if they call police.

Hana Levi Julian

French Gang Terrorizes Locksmith Working for ‘Jewish-Sounding’ Company

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Three French teens are in custody after beating a Gentile locksmith so badly he required hospitalization five months ago, because he worked for a firm that had a “Jewish-sounding name.”

All three of the teens were age 15, according to a report published Sunday in Le Figaro. The ethnicity and names of the teens were not released. All three were arrested and are being held at a juvenile detention facility in Meaux, east of Paris.

The teens apparently decided to launch their attack after hearing a radio commercial for the firm, according to a police source quoted by the Paris-based daily. The gang ordered a service from the locksmith firm over the phone, directing him to an address in the eastern Paris suburb of Bussy-Saint-Georges.

When the locksmith arrived, the teens allegedly sprayed tear gas in his face, beat him up and then threatened to kill him. At least one brandished a knife, according to the report.

The only suspect recognized by the victim in a lineup has denied having any connection to the attack. But in addition to being fingered in a lineup, hate speech against Jews was found written in text messages on his mobile phone.

A second suspect has confessed to ordering the locksmith service. A third suspect has admitted to being at the scene of the crime.

Hana Levi Julian

ADL: European Nations Failing to Combat Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

A new report jointly released by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League and Human Rights First says member states in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are not living up to their commitments to fight anti-Semitic hate crimes.

The “Scorecard on Hate Crime Response in the OSCE Region” notes hate crimes continue to go unreported in the participating member nations — which include the United States.

In addition, those nations also consistently fall short on their commitments to combat hate crime, the report notes.

Both Human Rights First and ADL have developed recommendations for the United States to aid its European allies in combating the rise of anti-Semitic and extremist violence, specifically in France, Germany, and Hungary.

“There has been a rise in anti-Semitic hate crime,” in some OSCE countries, the report notes, adding the trend “can be traced to both incitement from neo-fascist groups and the growth of violent Islamist extremist groups.

“Anti-Semitism is a virulent thread that runs through the ideologies of many extremist groups, even though their world views converge on little else.”

The report analyzes data submitted by countries to the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

However, the report provides a partial picture because many countries either do not collect such data or fail to transmit their findings to the ODIHR on a timely basis, the ADL notes.

OSCE member states need to make reporting a higher priority, given the current refugee crisis, the rise of far-right parties and movements espousing hatred, and the increase in hate crimes, the ADL said in its statement to media.

Only 36 of the 57 participating States submitted information to the ODIHR for 2014. Half of participating states either did not report at all or reported zero crimes for their country. “This is simply not acceptable or credible,” the ADL said.

In Austria, anti-Semitism is at its highest levels in years, according to data analyzed by the local Forum Against Anti-Semitism.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz reacted to that news, published this week, by saying “Jewish life must be protected in Austria” and said it was the government’s responsibility. But he offered no concrete plan to address the problem, nor aid to the Jewish community so that it might seek private security to protect itself.

In the UK, a Muslim candidate in the race for mayor of London spoke on April 6 about the rampant anti-Semitism among members of his party. Sadiq Khan said that he knows what it is to suffer “hate crime,” and “unacceptable in 2016 that there is anti-Semitism in the Labour party.” He vowed to remedy the situation, saying “If it means members of my party, senior members … being trained about what anti-Semitism is, then so be it.”

Just four days later, (April 10), two young Orthodox Jewish teens were verbally attacked by a man shouting “Kill the Jews!” and other anti-Semitic epithets at them and yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great! in Arabic) in the northern London Jewish neighborhood of Stamford Hill. The man then went on to approach other Jews in the same manner, until police arrived and arrested him.

In New York, the City University of New York (CUNY) has responded to a series of anti-Semitic incidents on its campuses by asking for recommendations from outside counsel, setting up a “working group” and also a “task force.”

There has been no concrete action taken against the perpetrators nor has a formal action plan involving police been implemented to protect Jewish students on campus.

In Ukraine, more than 100 Jews fled the country and immigrated to Israel this past February due to violence and frequent anti-Semitic attacks. They were assisted by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). One of those who arrived in Israel told reporters he had switched schools three times as a child because of his ethnicity and recalled that his father could not go to university because he had a Jewish surname.

Hana Levi Julian

UK Police Detain Man for Anti-Semitic Verbal Attack

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

British police have arrested an unnamed suspect after he allegedly shouted at two Chassidic teenagers in the northern London neighborhood of Stamford Hill Sunday night.

The man, age 23, allegedly approached the 14 and 17-year-olds and yelled, “F**king Jews. Kill the Jews!”

He also allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” – Arabic for “God is Great” – and which is generally declared these days prior to launching an attack for “jihad” or “holy war.”

The teens called the Shomrim Jewish civil guard organization, whose members immediately contacted police.

The assailant was reportedly still in the area at the time, shouting anti-Semitic verbal abuse to other pedestrians and community members, Jewish News Online reported.

He was arrested early Monday morning by Hackney police officers on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses.

“Officers arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses. He remains in custody at an east London police station,” a Metropolitan police spokesperson confirmed.

A possible third Jewish victim may also have been present at the time, the news site reported.

“Antisemitism and all types of hate crime is unacceptable. I urge victims and witnesses to report such incidents immediately,” Chaim Hochhauser, Stamford Hill Shomrim supervisor told the Jewish Chronicle.

“Such incidents should never be accepted as the norm, no matter how regular these incidents sadly happen.”

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Boy, 13, Attacked by Anti-Semitic Gang in Paris

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

A 13-year-old Jewish boy wearing a kippah was ambushed and beaten up last Friday night by a gang of three teens in the 12th district of Paris.

The French Bureau National de Vigilance Contre l”Antisemitisme (BNVCA) condemned the attack on Monday, urging police to “make every effort” to identify and capture the perpetrators of “this new anti-Jewish aggression.”

The boy said he was returning to a synagogue on Rue Voynet de Paris to meet his father at around 6 pm when he was attacked.

He described the gang as three teens “of African origin.” He said they called him a “dirty Jew” and then punched him in the side. One grabbed his kippah while another yanked him by the hair and slammed his head against a nearby pole.

The attackers fled when other pedestrians arrived on the scene, including one who called out – in vain – for help.

The boy proceeded to join his father at synagogue, with a badly bruised face and suffering from shock. He reported the attack to police and provided them with a description of his attackers.

“Those who wish to observe this religious requirement should not give in to intimidation or threats and should be able to keep their head covered freely,” the BNVCA said in its statement.

“On the contrary, it is those who spread anti-Jewish hatred and discrimination who should be disturbed, condemned and neutralized,” the group said, urging Jews “not to give in to intimidation or threat…

“It is the camp of anti-Jewish hatred and discrimination which must be worried, condemned and neutralized,” said the BNVCA.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Kindergarten Children Attacked in Antwerp

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Young Jewish kindergarten children traveling on the bus Sunday afternoon from the Antwerp Hayder school on their bus were attacked Sunday by a gang of Muslim teenagers, according to Jewish media in Belgium.

According to a security source quoted by the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism (CFCA), the children were returning from a swimming pool at the time of the attack. The driver stopped the bus and realized that the Muslim attackers were youths who lived near the swimming pool.

The gang surrounded the bus and started hurling rocks at the vehicle and its small passengers, according to the report. None of the children, about five years old and members of the Orthodox Jewish community, were physically injured in the attack.

Police opened an investigation after the teacher filed a complaint. Security personnel arrived at the scene and collected surveillance footage from the area in order to identify the attackers. No arrests have been made thus far.

Just a few weeks ago, four people were killed in a terrorist attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Belgian officials have yet to decide if they will assist the museum with upgraded security for the facility in the wake of the attack.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Arab Men Beat French Jew on Paris Train

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Four unidentified Arab men savagely beat a French Jew in a Paris Metro train, a watchdog organization reported.

The attack happened Sunday as the train was traveling from Nogent Sur Marne to Gare de Lyon, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.

Two of the attackers held down the 28-year-old victim, who was identified only as A. Levy, while a third strangled him and beat his face, BNVCA said on its website Monday. The report said Levy sustained some injuries but did not specify.

His attackers shouted the Arab word for “Jews” before attacking Levy, who is a religious Jew belonging to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, the report said. One of them also told him: “Jew, we are going to lay into you, you have no country,” according to the report.

They stopped assaulting Levy after one of the passengers said loudly that the police were coming, according to BNVCA.

The suspected attackers got off the Metro at the Chatelet-les Halles station in the heart of the French capital. Levy stayed on the train and filed a police complaint for aggravated assault at Gare de Lyon, the report said.

On Sunday, the SPCJ monitor unit of the French Jewish community reported in its annual summary that it had recorded 423 anti-Semitic incidents in France during 2013. The figure constitutes a 31-percent decrease over the previous year, but is still eight percent higher than in 2011.

JTA

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