Jewish teen assaulted on Toulouse-Lyon train

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemns the “anti-Semitic aggression”; suspects arrested.

By JOSEPH STRICH, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
July 6, 2012 01:31
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Moment of silence observed in Toulouse

Moment of silence observed in Toulouse 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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PARIS – Men attacked a 17-year-old boy wearing a kippa and tzitzit ritual fringes on a train in southern France on Wednesday.

The boy, a student at the same Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse where Islamist terrorist Mohamed Merah killed four Jews on March 19, was on his way to visit his family in Lyon when “a group of other young men started to insult him [and] harass him before beating him up near the toilets,” police said.

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The suspects were identified and arrested on Thursday.

The attack only ended when a passenger and a conductor intervened.

The victim was hospitalized in Lyon and sent home, then pressed charges against his aggressors at a police station in the city.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemned the “anti-Semitic aggression” and called for a “fight against all the resurgences of this strong evil that is the anti-Semitism in our country.”

“The number of acts is rising, their violence too, [since] the killings perpetrated by Mohamed Merah,” he said.

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According to the French Jewish Community’s Protection Service, there were more than 90 anti-Semitic incidents in the country during the 10 days that followed March 19’s shooting.

And on June 2, three Jewish teenagers – a girl and two boys wearing kippot – were attacked in Villeurbanne, a town with a large Jewish population near Lyon. They were insulted and beaten by attackers of foreign origin who used racial slurs. The victims were hospitalized before being sent home.

Johan Sportouch, the secretary of the Union of Jewish Students, declaimed after the Villeurbanne incident “the resurgence of anti-Semitic acts in France.

“Jewish citizens are a recurring target. Since the Toulouse Affair one can no longer underestimate the seriousness of anti-Semitic aggression,” he said.

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