A worried community

By BERNARD EDINGER
August 5, 2014 13:23

A spate of anti-Semitic attacks triggered by the Gaza conflict has rattled French Jews.




France

A spate of anti-Semitic attacks triggered by the Gaza conflict has rattled French Jews. (photo credit: PHILIPPE WOJAZER / REUTERS)

Whatever the seriousness was of the threat, the events that took place near a synagogue on Paris’s Rue de la Roquette July 13 have deeply worried France’s 600,000-strong Jewish community, Europe’s largest.

Around 250-300 Jews were inside the synagogue, attending a solidarity rally and prayers for Israel’s beleaguered population, when two waves of French-Arab youths broke off from a major pro-Palestinian solidarity march taking place less than a mile away and headed for the building shouting anti-Semitic slogans.

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