French minister slams 'anti-Semitic' attack on Jewish family

Elias Hubbard
September 12, 2017

In the attack Thursday night, three men, two of whom were wearing masks, broke into the home of Roger Pinto, the president of Siona, a group that represents Sephardic Jews. They then cut off the electricity in the house, tied up Pinto's son, and held and beat his wife.

Shimon Samuels - worldwide affairs director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), a prominent Jewish human rights group - said in an earlier letter to Collomb following the attack that while "terrorism has been indiscriminate, its primary focus is still on Jewish targets that require the protection of the State".

Roger Pinto, 78, claims his life was threatened after three masked attackers burst into the property in the suburb of Livry-Gargan last Thursday.

The attackers reportedly told their victims that Jews "have money" and that they planned to give it to "the poor". As Breitbart London reported, a 27-year-old Malian migrant with convictions for drug-dealing named Kada Traore attacked Dr. Sarah Halimi before throwing her from a balcony while screaming "Allahu Akhbar!" and "Shaitan!"

Jews have also been among the victims of Islamic State and Al-Qaeda terrorists who have launched attacks around Paris and other major French cities in recent years.

"We appreciated the important words of the French Government in trying to make Jews feel safe in their country", Kantor continued.

"They knocked me down and then hit me until I nearly lost consciousness, I think it was planned and we had awful moments. they were three black youths who were particularly violent and who promised to "kill us" if we did not give them what they wanted", said Roger Pinto.

One of the victims was eventually able to escape and contact the police, in addition to France's National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA), but not before the criminals could abscond with jewelry, cash and credit cards. The victims were transported to the hospital.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb expressed "indignation following the violent aggression committed against members of a Jewish family", a statement from the ministry said on Sunday.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said everything would be done to catch the perpetrators of a "cowardly act that appears directly linked to the victims" religion'. The Israeli Ambassador to France, Aliza Bin-Noun, condemned the incident on Twitter and asserted it was an anti-Semitic attack.

Joël Mergui, President of the Jewish Consistory of France, said the Pintos are still very shocked by the anti-Semitic violence of their three aggressors "who seemed to know their identity perfectly".

The attack on the Pintos has reminded numerous 2006 kidnapping and anti-Semitic killing in the Paris suburbs of 23-year-old Ilan Hami, who was of Moroccan Jewish ancestry.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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