Sunday, August 21, 2016

France: Strasbourg attacker has history of attacking Jews

Via i24News:
The assailant who moderately wounded a Jewish man in the French city of Strasbourg has been charged with attempted murder, a judicial source said on Saturday.

The prosecution said it had filed charges "for the attempted murder of a victim because of his real or inferred race or religion."

"The man, aged 45 was indicted by the investigating judge and was remanded in a criminal filing tonight," said the prosecutor.

The suspect, said to be in his 40s, has been described as mentally unstable.  Witnesses said that he shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) during the attack on the 62-year-old Jewish man.

The victim was wearing a kippa skullcap, when he was stabbed in the abdomen in the city's Jewish quarter by a man with a record of anti-Semitic violence, Strasbourg's chief rabbi, Rene Gutman, told AFP.

The victim was admitted to hospital but Gutman said his injuries were not life-threatening.

In 2010, the assailant attacked another kippa-wearing Jewish man in Strasbourg, beating him with an iron bar in a public square.

Put on trial for attempted murder, he was considered to be not mentally responsible for his acts under criminal law and detained in a psychiatric hospital.

Prosecutors at the time said the aggressor believed himself to be "the victim of a Jewish conspiracy" which he blamed for "all his misfortunes".

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