A young Jewish girl in France was harassed and verbally abused by two Muslim schoolmates late last week, France’s RTL radio reported on Saturday.
The incident took place at the Joseph Sibuet elementary school in Mions near Lyons, and the traumatized child now refuses to return to classes.
The 8-year-old was approached by her schoolmates who asked about her religion at the school’s canteen and explained, “Islam is at war against the Jews, no?” Later, in the school’s playground, the instigators prompted other girls to taunt the victim about her Jewishness and even tried to hit her. The violence was prevented when other students at the school intervened, according to the report.
According to the French-Jewish blog JSS News, the perpetrators, aged between 9 and 10 and their parents likely won’t face any sanctions besides possible expulsion from the learning institution.
The victim’s parents have complained to school officials and the BNVCA, France’s National Bureau of Vigilance Against Antisemitism, has asked the mayor of Mions to investigate the affair.
The incident follows a continued rapid increase in antisemitic attacks against Jews in France.
Last week, the French Parliament symbolically voted to recognize “Palestine” and a French-Jewish couple faced an antisemitic home robbery and rape. Two young Jews were also attacked near a synagogue in Créteil.
On Sunday, France’s Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve, pledged to make the fight against antisemitism into a “national cause.”
“The Republic will defend you with all its might because without you it would not be the Republic,” Cazeneuve promised at a rally against antisemitism near Créteil. “The Republic will always protect you against actions and words that undermine the very foundation of our fundamental values.”
In recent years, record numbers of French Jews have emigrated to Israel.
Source:: The Algemeiner