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Anti-semitism in Switzerland

A 16-year-old Jewish youth was severely injured when he and two other members of the Bnei Akiva in Basel were accosted by a group of Swiss youths in the locker room of the local sports center. Police are investigating the incident and the anti-Semitic inscriptions that appeared on the locker room walls several days earlier.

The three Jewish youngsters, all wearing yarmulkes, were dressing after a handball game when several local Swiss youths demanded to know, “What are you Jews doing here? How come you were not burned in the gas chambers?” A fight ensued and one of the Jews was rushed to the hospital with head wounds. Anti-Semitic inscriptions were also reported on the walls of a cultural center in Zurich a week before the Basel incident.