A young 13-year-old Jewish male was subjected to a violent anti-Semitic attack on the streets of Paris on Shabbat afternoon. The National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA) released the announcement today and publicly condemned the aggressors.
The boy was on his way to join his father at prayers in a synagogue on Voynet Street in Paris at around 6 p.m., when suddenly he was attacked by three youths all described as being of African origin.
They identified and targeted their victim, “Because he had his head covered with a yarmulke”, the statement read.
“After calling him a “dirty Jew” they struck him… He adds that while one of the attackers snatched the kippah, another took him by the hair and banged his head against a post.”
The attack was only prevented from being even worse because the attackers fled when passersby appeared. They did not come to his assistance though and the young man is reported to have been particularly traumatized because his cries for help were ignored.
The 13-year-old suffered bruises to his face, and aided by his father, he went to the police station where he filed a complaint and provided a description of the attackers.
BNVCA on Monday demanded the police to make every effort to track down the culprits.
In a reference to an earlier controversy triggered by Zvi Ammar, the head of Marseille’s Israelite Consistory, who urged men to stop wearing their kippah as an, “exceptional measure”, needed to protect Jewish lives, BNVCA reminded the Jewish public that they can be recognized in other ways aside from their kippot. They reiterated that people should not be intimidated into stopping their Jewish observance and instead should continue wearing the kippah.