PARIS (Nov. 2)
Two Jewish schoolboys were attacked and seriously beaten up last Friday in Marseilles. Police arrested two of the four assailants and said the incident was the result of a street fight. But local Jewish sources said the boys were beaten up because they wore yarmulkes and were openly asserting their Jewishness. Two of the attackers are of Algerian origin.
Police sources said the two Jewish youths, aged 16 and 17, were leaving the Jewish high school, Yavneh, in one of the city’s working class districts when they got into an argument with four other boys. They rapidly came to blows and one of the Jewish boys was badly beaten and had to undergo surgery for a fractured jaw.
In another incident, a Jewish doctor’s car was blown up Friday night on a Paris street. The doctor said he had received no threats and has no enemies. Police said they have no clues for the time being.