A Jewish man was beat up in a suburb south of Paris on Thursday by a group of men, at least one of whom shouted “Dirty Jew!”
“These local thugs hit the 30-year-old father from behind while he was returning home from work. They threw him on the ground and beat him. I don’t know how they identified him as Jewish since he wasn’t wearing any distinctive sign,” said Creteil’s Jewish community leader Albert Elharrar who has met with the victim and talked to police.
“The victim was brave enough to hit one of his aggressors back which allowed him to try to escape but they caught him,” said Elharrar.
Creteil is the home of one of France’s largest Jewish communities with about 22,000 people. They represent about 20 percent of the town’s workforce.
“The courthouse neighbourhood has been developed by Jewish businesses, including a big kosher supermarket in recent years, but it’s filled with petty criminals,” said Elharrar. “Police believe the same local thugs attacked a non-Jewish man the same day.”
Police are still investigating the assault, searching for suspects and trying to determine if the attack was anti-Semitic. The case was handed to the local judiciary police.