Paris’ 19th Arrondissement: ‘Gang Wars’ or Anti-Semitic Attacks?

PARIS — After a 17-year-old Jewish boy wearing a yarmulke was brutally beaten by a gang of teenagers in Paris’s 19th arrondissement late last month, the reactions of both the French news media and French authorities were notably ambiguous. The boy, known only as “Rudy” in the French reports,was not only punched and kicked during the attack, but also beaten with what has been variously identified as an “iron bar” or a “crutch.” The beating occurred on a Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, in a neighborhood with a large orthodox Jewish population. It appears to have continued even after Rudy lost […]

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