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(JTA) — A French court charged four teens in an attack on a Jewish girl.

The juvenile court filed preliminary charges Friday against four youths, aged 13-15, who allegedly insulted, knocked down and kicked a 14-year old Jewish girl as she was leaving school in a Paris suburb. She suffered light injuries.

The judge charged three of the youths with "violence with a religious or ethnic motive," the Associated Press reported, and the fourth was charged with not preventing a crime.

Investigators say the alleged attackers used Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip as an excuse to attack the girl.
 

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