A synagogue was attacked with gun fire in Paris, France. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) A synagogue was attacked with gunfire in Paris on Monday. The shots were fired in the evening at about 9:30 p.m., shattering the glass window of the David Ben Ichay synagogue on Paris’s 3 Danjon Street. The rabbi and his assistant were in the room when the attack occurred, but neither was hit.
Authorities have indicated that the weapon used was an AirSoft gun, which typically does not cause fatal injuries. In the wake of the attack, the Jewish Bureau National de Vigilance Contre L’Antisémitisme (BNVCA) called on authorities to “identify and question the anti-Jewish criminals.”
The incident is the latest in a string of violent attacks to plague France. One gruesome anti-Semitic assault occurred earlier this month when a young Jewish couple was robbed in their home and the woman was sexually assaulted.
On Sunday and Monday, in separate incidents, two French drivers intentionally plowed into pedestrians with their vehicles shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for “God is greater”), injuring dozens. It has not been determined whether the drivers’ motives were terror-related, but the perpetrator of one of the attacks reportedly shouted “this is in the name of the children of Palestine.”
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