The mayor of Paris condemned an attack on young French Jews at a
demonstration against the war in Iraq, calling Monday for respect
The Hashomer Hatzair youth organization said several dozen
assailants struck two of its members with metal bars on the
sidelines of a protest Saturday. They were treated for bruises at a
hospital. Two other members suffered less serious violence, the
"In the name of Parisians, I want to condemn, as strongly as
possible, these unacceptable acts," Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said in a
statement. "In Paris, everyone must be respected in dignity, no
matter what their culture, identity or spiritual faith."
The anti-war demonstration in Paris gathered 90,000 people,
according to police. It was largely peaceful.
In the last two years, France has suffered a wave of violence
against Jewish schools, temples and cemeteries that coincided with
new fighting in the Middle East.
The violence, which peaked a year ago when a Marseille synagogue
was burned to the ground, has markedly decreased. But Muslim-Jewish
relations remain tense. France has the largest Jewish community in
western Europe and one of the continent's biggest Muslim
Some Jewish leaders have said they fear the war in Iraq will
trigger new tensions.
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