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New antisemitic aggression near Paris: 8-year-old boy wearing kippah attacked by two teenagers

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PARIS—The National Bureau of Vigilance against Antisemitism (BNCVA) has strongly condemned a new anti-Semitic aggression against a 8-year-old boy wearing a kippah Monday in Sarcelles, near Paris.

The boy was assaulted by two teenagers described as being of African origin. The anti-Semitic nature of the aggression was “for the time being” retained by the judiciary authorities.

The schoolboy was walking on a sidewalk when he passed in front of the two young people. Without any apparent reason, the teenagers kicked him in the lower abdomen and legs. They aggressors then fled.

During the aggression, they uttered no insult. The schoolboy was joined by his father who then filed a complaint. The boy explained that he didn’t know the two young people. He also indicates that the blows received were not very violent and that he was not injured. No disability has been issued.

The anti-Semitic nature of the aggression makes no doubt for Rene Taieb, president of the Union of Jewish Communities of the Val-d’Oise, where Sarcelles is located.

Two weeks ago, also in Sarcelles, a 15-year-old Jewish girl was attacked outside the Merkaz Hatorah school by a man in his 30s, but the anti-Semitic character was not established with certainty.

In a statement,  French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said that “since the beginning of 2018, I see repeated anti-Semitic acts.”

” I will not resign myself to this situation because such acts flout our Republic. They undermine the principles that make the unity of our Nation,” he said.

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