79-Year-Old Jewish Woman Attacked While Leaving Paris Synagogue
A 79-year-old Jewish woman was struck in the head with a large metal ball as she was leaving her synagogue in the 11th district of Paris.
The woman did not faint but was sent to the hospital with cranial damage and a large loss of blood. The perpetrator of this act is unknown and has yet to be detained, as witnesses did not see exactly who it was that committed the crime.
The World Jewish Congress views this incident in Paris as part of a disturbing trend, not just in France but around the world. We wish the victim a speedy recovery and call on the French authorities to do all in their power to bring the perpetrator to justice.
This is not the first antisemitic attack at this synagogue. The day before the attack, a bucket of water was hurled at synagogue members leaving services. Antisemitism is at record levels, with antisemitic attacks taking place daily in countries around Europe. France reported a 74% rise in offences against Jews and Germany recorded a 60% surge in violent attacks according to the Guardian.
Antisemitic attacks in France have skyrocketed, the Ministry of Interior of France reports: There were 541 recorded antisemitic incidents in 2018. This evening, people and political parties will be gathering across France to say: Enough with antisemitism. Join us. pic.twitter.com/ncuQdStbHb— WJC (@WorldJewishCong) February 19, 2019
The attack this week on the 79-year-old woman is part of a larger story of vandalism, verbal and physical attacks on Jews in Europe. With antisemitism reaching an all-time high, these acts are unacceptable.
We must treat these attacks with complete seriousness and make clear that it is intolerable. We hope that all efforts are geared towards finding the attacker of this crime and the proper measures are taken once found.
Une femme juive de 79 ans a reçu une boule de pétanque sur le crâne en sortant d’un centre communautaire à Paris 11 hier. Nous demandons que l’enquête détermine les circonstances dans lesquelles cet acte s’est déroulé et s’il s’agit d’un acte antisémite https://t.co/3eXOdqnhA1— Sacha Ghozlan (@SachaGhozlan) June 19, 2019