By James Marlow
Once again, another shocking case of violence was reported on a French family in a suburb of Paris because “they were Jewish.”
Unidentified attackers broke into the family home and told the three well-known family community members, “You are Jews, you have money.” They were brutally beaten and even taken from their home to bank cash machines.
The assailants stole jewellery, cash and credit cards while the victims were told “We take money from the Jews to give to the poor.”
The incident is being investigated as a hate crime by French authorities with a possible charge of “extortion.”
The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNCVA) condemned the attack, calling it “manifestly anti-Semitic” and “premeditated,” while the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) denounced the attack as “very violent.”
Francis Kalifat who is President of CRIF said that the “Odious attack is proof that Jews in France are particularly threatened in the streets and, even more disturbingly, in their homes.”
He called upon the French authorities to be more vigilant to this new aggression after the murder of 65-year-old, Sarah Halimi earlier this year. Mrs Halimi was a Parisian Jew and was murdered by her neighbour, Kada Traore, a Muslim native of Mali.
Following the attack, Traore pleaded insanity and was hospitalized. He remains in an institution where prosecutors are awaiting a clinical decision as to whether his insanity claims are legitimate. As such, he has not been charged. The incident was not investigated as a hate crime.
Anti-Semitic attacks dropped in France by 61% in 2016 after the attack on a kosher supermarket. The gunman shot and killed four people in the Parisian suburb of Vincennes in January 2015.
However, there were similar attacks later in 2015 when Jewish men were stabbed in the southern city of Marseille by individuals who claimed to be affiliated with ISIS and in August 2016 a Jewish man was stabbed in the eastern city of Strasbourg.