Paris driver mu­ti­lates broth­ers with hack­saw

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY SHIRLI SITBON

A GRUE­SOME hack­saw at­tack on two Jewish broth­ers in a Parisian sub­urb last week has left French Jews reel­ing.

The broth­ers, who were wear­ing kip­pot, were driv­ing through Bondy when a car cut in front of them.

When the two ve­hi­cles stopped at a red light, one of the broth­ers low­ered his win­dow and asked the men in the other car why they had swerved in front of them.

The broth­ers said the driver — a 30-year-old man, who was with his fa­ther — re­sponded with an­ti­semitic in­sults in­clud­ing, “You dirty Jews! You pr***s! You’re go­ing to die”, and both men got out of their car.

At that point, the vic­tims said, the younger man seized a hack­saw and started at­tack­ing them. His fa­ther al­legedly tried to dis­suade him.

Around five men who saw the at­tack from a nearby bar then ar­rived and joined in the at­tack.

The two broth­ers were left with se­vere hand in­juries; one was also badly hurt in the back. An ini­tial re­port that the fin­ger of one of the two was en­tirely sawn off was later de­nied.

France’s In­te­rior Min­is­ter Bruno Le Roux said he was ap­palled by the at­tack. “Ev­ery nec­es­sary mea­sure will be taken to find and de­tain those who com­mit­ted these de­spi­ca­ble acts. They will be brought to court,” he said.

A French group com­bat­ing an­ti­semitism, the BNVCA, said that Bondy’s Jewish com­mu­nity had been re­peat­edly at­tacked in re­cent years. Molo­tov cock­tails had been thrown at the lo­cal syn­a­gogue and Mac­cabi foot­ballers were as­saulted last year.

BNVCA head Sammy Gho­zlan said no one had been ar­rested for those at­tacks and the city’s Jewish pop­u­la­tion was moving away. “The Jewish com­mu­nity and lo­cal syn­a­gogue were very de­vel­oped here but they’re grad­u­ally fad­ing away,” he said.

The de­ploy­ment of ex­tra po­lice out­side Jewish in­sti­tu­tions has nev­er­the­less brought down the num­ber of an­ti­semitic at­tacks.

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