Assailants throw grenade into Paris kosher store

Explosion at kosher grocery shop in Sarcelles, known as "Little Jerusalem," injures one shopper, damages store.

By JTA
September 19, 2012 18:44
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An explosion at a kosher grocery shop near Paris, reportedly caused by a grenade, damaged the store and injured a shopper, French police said.

The store in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles reportedly was full of shoppers after the Rosh Hashana holiday beginning their preparations for the pre-Yom Kippur meal, Moshe Cohen-Sabban, president of the Jewish communities of Val d'Oise, told the French online edition of the newspaper Metro.

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Richard Prasquier, the president of CRIF, the umbrella group representing French Jewish communities, told the television channel i>TELE that two men dressed in black had tossed an explosive device into the shop without saying anything.

"I have no reason to doubt the anti-Semitic character of this action," Prasquier said.

According to Metro, the injured shopper sustained contusions in both arms. The newspaper quoted Marc Djeballi, a member of the Sarcelles Jewish community, as saying the device was "a grenade, not a firecracker."

Sarcelles, which is known as "Little Jerusalem," is home to a large Jewish community that emigrated from North Africa in the 1960s.

Police have not linked Wednesday afternoon's attack to the release of caricatures hours earlier by a Paris weekly depicting the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, including one featuring a haredi Orthodox Jew and a religious Muslim.


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