B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International strongly condemns the recent violence against Jews in France. On Jan. 12, Alain Ghozland, a French-Jewish politician, was found murdered in his home. Ghozland’s family became worried when he didn’t come to synagogue a day before. Ghozland, 73, was a city councilor for the district of Créteil, a Jewish-Parisian suburb of Paris.
A Jewish man in Marseilles was stabbed earlier this week, though his injuries are not life threatening. The victim was reportedly wearing a kippah and on his way to synagogue. The assailant is a 15-year-old French boy who used a machete in his assault, and was arrested not long after the attack took place.
This current wave of anti-Semitism, punctuated by such horrific attacks, is profoundly disconcerting. B’nai B’rith, once again, urges international leaders to condemn this violence against Jews in France.
B’nai B’rith will continue the fight against anti-Semitism in France, and everywhere else where this pernicious injustice exists. We send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.
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