BFM TV and Le Figaro reported on incidents with a possible anti-Semitic motive.
Since the outbreak of fighting between the radical Hamas movement and Israel, anti-Semitic acts have been on the rise in France. According to the Ministry of the Interior, there were more than 1,100 of them in the last month, which is three times more than in the whole of last year. A very large Jewish and Muslim community lives in France, which are among the largest in Europe.
On Wednesday afternoon, a man dressed in rabbinical garb walked through the passageway between La Chapelle and Gare du Nord metro stations. The fight between the rabbi and the young man was reported to the carrier by other passengers and confirmed by footage from security cameras. The attacked was not injured, but he decided to file a criminal complaint.
The boy, who ran away after the attack, was apprehended by security employees of the transport company at La Chapelle station about an hour later. He testified before the police that he was born in 2009 in Syria. The police did not find any dangerous object with him and the identity that the boy gave is not on the list of dangerous persons, BFM TV reported.
On Wednesday evening, police detained elementary school student Édouard Manet in the northern Paris suburb of Villeneuve-la-Garenne. According to the testimony of his classmates, Hoch said on October 20 that he wanted to stab the teacher “because she is Jewish”. When the said teacher learned about it from the school management, she filed a criminal complaint. The student in custody denied the actions, the school did not comment on them, writes Le Figaro.
In Italy, swastikas and stars of David with an equal sign appeared on the walls of houses in Rome’s Jewish quarter. The newspaper La Repubblica points out that the symbols appeared on the anniversary of the so-called Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom against the Jews in 1938. Recently, four stones commemorating the memory of people deported to Nazi concentration camps were vandalized in Rome.