ANTI-SEMITISM FRANCE DEC 2014

Increase of the Anti-Semitic Horror in France  

Sources: France 24, AFP and others

08 DEC 2014  

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has denounced on Thursday 4 December "the horror of Créteil" after the arrest of three burglars accused of having violently assaulted a couple and an elderly targeted because of anti-Semitic prejudice:   "Jews have money".

 Three young men have attacked a couple on Monday in Creteil inside their apartment (Parisian suburb), robbed them and raped the young woman.

 French politicians are concerned by the substantial increase of anti-Semitic acts since 2013. Prime Minister Manuel Valls has declared that the fight against anti-Semitism is "a fight of every day." 

The criminals  were arrested and are also suspected of having "beaten"on 10 November a septuagenarian Jew in the same town. An investigation was opened for these two attacks, on the basis of "violence because of the religious affiliation of victims." The three criminals (from 18 to 20 years old) were in possession of stolen jewelry, then "formally recognized" by the victims. They are called Ladji, Yacine and Omar and would be of Muslim origin. They all live in the same area as their victims. They are known to police for various offenses.

The last attack occurred on Monday, December 1st at noon. In the family apartment of a quiet residential area of Creteil, the son of the tenant 21 and his girl friend 19, were alone. The three men burst in and threatened the young people with an automatic pistol and a rifle and tied them up in the lounge.  "We do not come here by chance; we know that your brother is a manager in a large chain of clothes and we know that he has money, anyway, Jews have money."" said an attacker.For nearly one hour, the couple was kept in the apartment by force until an attacker withdrew all possible money with the stolen credit cards. Criminals also stole jewelry and the girl (19) was raped. 

The family was identified as Jewish because the father uses to wear a kippa "One of the attackers had come several days earlier to ask for sugar for no apparent reason [...] a complaint was then recorded." 

According to the prosecution "the same strategy" was applied before the attack against a Jewish elderly person on 10 November. 

Antisemitic violent acts increased by 126% as compared to 2013 

The number of anti-Semitic acts in France nearly doubled (+ 91%) during the first seven months of the year compared to the same period of 2013. The progression of 126% of the violent attacks or attempted attacks is higher than threats of 79%. 

Emergency plan against anti-Semitism  

The Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) denounced a "wild anti-Semitic attack" and called for a "specific emergency plan". 

The Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, who considered that the attack was clearly  anti-Semitic, reminded the "determination" of the government "to fight relentlessly against racism and anti-Semitism." 

This case looked like that of the "Gang of Barbarians". In 2006, Ilan Halimi, 23, was kidnapped and tortured to death for three weeks in a cellar in another Parisian suburban city by a gang whose chief, Youssouf Fofana, was sentenced to life imprisonment. The members of the gang wanted to extort money from his family because they were Jews.