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A brutal robbery that deliberately targeted a Jewish family in Paris has been condemned as “a cowardly act” that “seems directly linked to the religion of its victims.”
France’s Interior Minister Gérard Collomb made the claim on Sunday as he addressed the attack that saw a Jewish family bound, beaten and robbed by attackers who told their victims, “you are Jews, you have money.” The family members were threatened with death, insulted and “violently beaten” during their ordeal.
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Mr. Collomb reassured both the victims and the local Jewish community of the government’s “profound support for the family and for the Jewish institutions of France.”
“Every effort will be made to identify and arrest the authors of this odious aggression,” a statement from Collomb’s office said. “The Minister has full confidence in the Paris police services to take determined action in this enquiry.” France’s government would “do everything to indefatigably combat every form of racism and antisemitism, which have no place in the French Republic” the statement continued.
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The incident occured last Thursday when three attackers burst into the house in the Paris suburb of Livry-Gargan, cut the electricity and confined members of the family while some were beaten before one managed to escape and alert police. The Israeli Ambassador to France, Aliza Bin-Noun, condemned the incident on Twitter...
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