Unkown attackers kidnap, attack Jewish brothers with wood saw near Paris
Francois Nascimbeni (AFP/File)
Two French Jewish brothers were briefly abducted and abused by a group of men in a Paris suburb in an incident that ended with the brothers being beaten and attacked with a wood saw, the victims' father told i24NEWS on Thursday
Armand Azoulay, who is a leader of the Jewish community in Bondy, located some 11 km northeastern of the center of Paris, said his sons aged 29 and 17, were forced off the road by a group of men described as having a Middle Eastern appearance.
The attackers forced the brothers to stop their car, and one of the attackers then "grabbed my son by the throat" and took out a "wood saw" Azoulay said.
He attempted to saw off the finger of one of his sons, but did not succeed.
"The finger has not been severed," Azoulay said, responding to an earlier rumor that his son's finger had been cut off.
A report by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, published a case report Thursday based on a police complaint by the victims, saying the brothers were hospitalized in a state of shock
The driver and a passenger in the attacking vehicle hurled anti-Semitic slogans at the brothers, including “Dirty Jews, You’re going to die!” Azoulay told i24NEWS.
"This was an anti-Semitic attack in all its forms," he stressed.
French Jews have been hit with a wave of anti-Semitism in recent years, with a record 8,000 or so French Jews moving to Israel in 2015 alone, according to Israeli figures.
2015 was the year that a jihadist gunman linked to the Charlie Hebdo newspaper attackers killed four Jews in a kosher supermarket.
France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, estimated at 500,000 to 600,000 people.
Half of them live in the Paris region but their numbers have declined steadily over the past 15 years, researchers say.
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