A 79-year-old woman received a petanque ball on her head, leaving a synagogue in the 11th arrondissement of Paris on Tuesday night. Hospitalized and quickly operated, his days are not in danger. This is the second attack on this community in two days.
A serious head injury
Even though the old lady did not faint, she had a sagging cranium, a hematoma and a bleeding wound. Evacuated at Lariboisière Hospital, she was operated on the evening of Tuesday. His condition does not present Thursday more worry. According to a police source quoted by Le Point , the septuagenarian would have left the hospital after important neurological examinations.
"Of course it's scary," says a faithful
This aggression has moved the faithful who frequent this synagogue. "We are in a targeted place so it was intentional," says one of them, Simone, at the microphone of Europe 1. "Of course it's scary ... We have to think we're the target It's never easy to live with, but I think there are very few communities that are not victims, "she says.
An open investigation
Since this attack, two policemen camp permanently in front of the synagogue installed in a small street of the 11th district because this community was already struck the day before. A bucket of water was thrown at the faithful coming out of the same synagogue from the floors of the building where it is located. According to the Paris prosecutor's office, an investigation was opened for "gun violence resulting in an ITT shorter than 8 days."
"If, for the time being, there is no confirmation of the antisemitic motive, the attacks on Jews, and especially elderly women of Jewish faith, in this popular district of eastern Paris revive painful memories," said Sacha Ghozlan, president of the UEJF (Union of Jewish Students of France) in a statement. "This is why we are asking investigators to quickly shed light on this aggression and to determine the causes and act accordingly."
Already a liability of aggression of Jewish women in the district
These assaults revive the memory of the murder Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Jewish woman killed with 11 stab wounds and burned in 2018. But also that of Sarah Halimi, a Jewish Jewess also beaten by a neighbor in 2017. The two women lived and were killed in the 11th district of Paris.