Muslims in France attack rabbi and young woman Jews in Norway and France call warned not to wear religous symbols in public
April 29, 2007
Jewish Woman Brutalized by Muslim Arabs in France12 Iyar 5767, 30 April 07 06:20by Ezra HaLev
(IsraelNN.com) A young Jewish woman was brutalized by two Muslim Arabs in France Thursday.
Audrey Brachelle, 22, was attacked in the French city of Marseilles Thursday evening. The attack began as she walked back from her job as an accountant at a textile factory toward the metro station in the La Rose neighborhood of the city, which is home to many Jews.
Two Arab men followed her and attempted to steal her cell phone. After they grabbed it, the attackers noticed the Jewish ornament on the woman's necklace, at which point she says they realized she was Jewish and began focusing on brutalizing her rather than stealing her phone.
The men then punched her in the face, sliced her dress with a knife and carved at least one Nazi swastika into her chest. They also cut off a clump of her hair.
Despite the swastikas and epithets expressed by the attackers, the French government is hesitating to admit that the attack was an anti-Jewish one. French Jews say the government is hesitant to admit the attack was anti-Semitic as that would have political ramifications and sway the upcoming presidential elections set to take place May 6.
France is home to a huge community of Muslim Arabs, who have enjoyed the nation's liberal immigration policies but brought with them the anti-Semitism of their nations of origin.
Violence and anti-Semitism of French Arabs has been a cause espoused by candidate Nicolas Sarkozy, who has accused his left-wing opponent Segolene Royal of being lenient in dealing with the phenomena.
Local Marseilles Arabs have been quoted in the left-wing press in France and elsewhere positing that the attack was staged in order to score votes for Sarkozy. They point to a case in 2004 where a woman with similar claims, including that swastikas were carved into her body, later admitted to have made the story up. As it turned out, she was not even Jewish.
The Jews of France are still reeling from the events of last year. In February, 2006, the murder of Ilan Halimi shocked the French Jewish community. Halimi was kidnapped by French Muslims and brutally tortured to death.
Just last week, Rabbi Elie Dahan, rabbi of Nord-Pas-de-Calais in northern France, was violently attacked by a man who yelled "dirty Jew" at him while pummeling him in the face at the Paris North train station.
In a step reminiscent of pre-Holocaust times, the Chief Rabbis of France and Norway have called on Jews in those countries not to go outside with obvious Jewish symbols.
French Rabbi Punched in Anti-Semitic Attack
12 Iyar 5767, 30 April 07 06:53
by Hana Levi Julian(IsraelNN.com) Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, but France has seen a particularly significant jump in the number of violent attacks on Jews. On Thursday, a rabbi was punched in the face and hospitalized.
The rabbi of Nord-Pas-de-Calais in northern France was violently attacked Thursday morning by a 20-year-old man while walking in the lanes of the Paris North train station.
Rabbi Elie Dahan said, "I arrived from Lille and was walking in the Paris station when the man, who was accompanied by a woman, looked at me and cried: dirty Jew, you are looking at me, I will punch you, dirty Jew," Dahan recounted. "He then punched me before running away."
"My glasses were broken and my eye started bleeding. Several people try to catch my attacker but he escaped," said Dahan, who added that he was surprised by this attack. "I think the guy wanted to show off to his girlfriend. He saw my beard and hat, and told himself: here is a Jew to beat."
The rabbi was taken to a nearby hospital after the incident. Police said the attacker could not be identified, but a "well-informed source" told the European Jewish Press that surveillance cameras in the train station had probably filmed the event.
Anti-Semitism on the Rise Worldwide, Especially in France
Both researchers are from the Tel Aviv University's Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism.
The study, funded by the World Jewish Congress, noted a jump in the number of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, a 31 percent increase over the statistics for the previous year.
According to figures released by the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), the number of violent attacks against Jews in France rose by 45 percent in 2006.
There were 112 reports of assault, compared with 77 the year before, and the number of all anti-Semitic acts, including vandalism, rose from 124 to 213.
In French-speaking regions of Canada, the number of violent attacks against Jews last year also leaped to double that in 2005.
The worst incident was the murder last February of Ilan Halimi, who was tortured to death in France. The attack spurred other anti-Semitic incidents, as did the Second Lebanon War war against Hizbullah last summer.
There are approximately 600,000 Jews in France, which also has the largest European population of Muslims.
South Florida Follows Israel as a Haven for French Jews
Jews fleeing anti-Semitism in France are flocking to southern Florida, according to a report in the Miami Herald last month. Jewish organizations estimate that 2,000-4,000 French Jews live in the Miami-Dade County area.
"The general hostility of Muslims in France toward Jews, is...behind my decision to leave," Rod Kukurudz, who now lives with his wife and their three daughters in Surfside, Florida, told the paper.
"French Jews see the handwriting on the wall and say, `We're not going to wait until it's too late,' " said Greater Miami Jewish Federation official Jacob Solomon.
lefigaro.fr (avec AFP).Actualisé le 19 avril 2007 : 20h00
Selon la victime, l'agresseur voulait «frimer devant sa copine».
Elie Dahan, le rabbin de la communauté du Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a été agressé et blessé à l'il jeudi en fin de matinée par un jeune homme à la gare du Nord.«Je marchais dans le couloir du métro et je l'ai dépassé car il marchait dans la même direction avec sa copine. Lorsque je l'ai dépassé il m'a regardé et m'a crié « Sale feuj, tu me regardes, je vais te frapper sale feuj». Il m'a donné un grand coup de pied puis un grand coup de poing dans la foulée, puis il s'est enfui».
Soigné à l'hôpital voisin de Lariboisière, le rabbin s'est dit «surpris par cette agression». Et d'ajouter : «Je pense qu'il voulait frimer devant sa copine. Avec ma barbe et mon chapeau il s'est peut-être dit «en voici un qui n'est pas fort. Voilà un juif auquel on va faire la peau».
Filmé par la RATP
Une enquête a été confiée à la 2e division de police judiciaire, qui devra déterminer les motifs de cette agression. «On ignore pour l'instant quelle est la nature de cet acte», a-t-on précisé au parquet de Paris.
Bertrand Delanoë, le maire socialiste de Paris, a souhaité que l'enquête de police «permette l'arrestation rapide de l'auteur de ces faits insupportables». Pour sa part le Crif a vivement condamné l'agression jugeant qu'il y avait un gros travail d'éducation à faire" et que "les hommes politiques n'en parlaient pas assez».
La scène s'est déroulée non loin d'un lieu d'achat de billets où des caméras de la RATP devraient avoir enregistré la scène, selon le responsable religieux, qui a déposé plainte au commissariat.