PARIS (Jul. 27)
A bomb today wrecked the offices of a local Jewish organization active in fighting anti-Semitism and resurgent Nazism. The bomb, a home-made device consisting of a gas canister damaged the Paris bureau of the International League against Racism and anti-Semitism (LICA). There were no casualties as the bomb exploded early in the morning before the staff arrived for work.
Police officials link the explosion to other attacks on Jewish organizations in Marseilles, Nice and Paris. Police say they found on the wall against which the bomb was set the inscription. “Peiper Will Be Avenged.”
Joachim Peiper is the former SS colonel whose charred body was found earlier this month. Police believe the former Nazi officer was killed by former resistance fighters or deportees who resented his presence in France.
Since Peiper’s death a number of anti-Jewish attacks have taken place. Most of these took place in Marseilles, but police believe the attackers may now have moved to Paris. Police have intensified their guard at Jewish institutions in France with certain organizations being under a 24-hour surveillance.