With screams of “Death to the Jews,” more than 100 anti-Israeli Muslims attacked the Synagogue de la Roquette, in Paris Sunday. French news magazine Le Monde says preliminary reports are that four Jewish people were injured, one seriously.
YidwithLid (h/t Alain) French news service AFP reported the Muslim rioters surrounded the Synagogue and threw rocks into the house of worship. Large scale police forces were called to extricate the Jews. Jewish news website JTA spoke to an eyewitness Alain Azria French Jewish journalist who reported. “The attackers splintered off an anti-Israel demonstration and advanced toward the synagogue when it was full.”
Azria said that when the men arrived at the synagogue, located at the 11th Arrodissement near Dare de Lyon, there were only five police officers guarding the place. The police blocked the entrance to the synagogue while close to 200 congregants were inside and as the protesters chanted anti-Semitic slogans and hurled objects at the synagogue and its guards, Azria said.
“They were determined to enter and the police did not have enough forces,” he said. According to Azria, the mob was kept away by men from the SPCJ Jewish security unit, the Jewish Defense League and Beitar, who engaged the attackers in what turned into a street brawl.
“Thank God they were there because the protesters had murder on their minds and it took a while before police reinforcements arrived,” Azria added.
On Friday evening the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois in the suburbs of Paris was the target of a Molotov cocktail which damaged the front door but thankfully no one was hurt.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls said two Paris synagogues had been targeted by unspecified violence that he called “inadmissible.” In a statement, he said, “France will never tolerate using violent words or acts to import the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on our soil.”
A police spokeswoman said the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue in eastern Paris was targeted during a service, and worshippers were blocked inside while police pushed protesters back. The spokeswoman said all those inside left safely by Sunday evening.