2014 -- New York -- AJC strongly condemns the horrific attack today in Creteil,
near Paris, against two brothers, ages 21 and 18, wearing kippahs and walking
toward a synagogue.
French Ministry of Interior has confirmed the tragic incident.
indicate that both individuals were severely beaten with brass knuckles, but,
fortunately, are expected to recover. As of now, no suspects have been
assault follows yesterday's tragedy in Brussels, where four people were killed
at the Jewish Museum. Belgian authorities are searching for the perpetrators.
anti-Semitic tragedy on the heels of another underscores the very real dangers
for Jews today in the heart of Europe, even as we recognize that the
governments stand steadfastly against any such manifestations," said AJC
Executive Director David Harris. "Clearly, far more still needs to be done
-- from beefing up security at Jewish institutions to stronger intelligence-gathering,
from tougher judicial action to, in the longer term, better education in the
school systems for fostering a climate of mutual respect."
been relentlessly calling attention to the growing menace of anti-Semitism in
Europe since 2000, when a noticeable rise took place. Most recently, AJC took
out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on May 13th to highlight the
issue, while French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, speaking the day before at
the AJC Global Forum, forcefully condemned all forms of anti-Semitism and said
the government would not tolerate any such hateful acts.
director Simone Rodan is in very close touch with French government officials
and Jewish community leaders in response to today's attack in Creteil.