A Jewish teacher who was attacked by anti-Semitic assailants in Paris last week recounted the harrowing attack, in which he said three North African men beat him savagely and drew a swastika on his chest after he left a kosher restaurant.
The man, identified only as "David," spoke to the New York-based Jewish newspaper The Algemeiner, which published several photos of him with two black eyes, as well as pictures of the crude Nazi symbol he said was scrawled on him as a sick "marker."
"Often my family and friends who are still in France tend to ignore the rise of anti-Semitism and its danger, but this recent video shows that it’s real.”
- Rabbi Levy Djian, a Parisian living in New York
“They started to curse me out: ‘dirty Jew,’ ‘death to the Jews,’ ‘son of a b****,’ etc.," the man said of the March 20 attack. "Then they started to beat me up,” David says in a clip before breaking down in tears. “I was hit on my face, I got my nose fractured… And then one of them took something out of his pocket, I thought it was a knife… It was a marker… And this is what they did to me (showing his chest), a swastika as they were screaming ‘dirty Jew.’ ”
The 59-year-old victim spoke to The Algemeiner on camera a day after the assault. He said the attackers, North African “Maghreb men,” jumped him around 10 p.m. after he left a restaurant in Rue Manin, and while he made his way to a subway station. He was wearing a yarmulke.
David said the attack was only broken up when strangers approached, prompting the attackers to run. No arrests have been made.
Rabbi Levy Djian, a Parisian living in New York, told the paper Paris has become a dangerous place for Jews.
“It happened right near the main Jewish neighborhood of the 19th district of Paris where I grew up," he said. "Often my family and friends who are still in France tend to ignore the rise of anti-Semitism and its danger, but this recent video shows that it’s real,” he added. “It’s the first time that we get to actually see and hear the victim of such a brutal and obvious anti-Semitic attack perpetrated by young uneducated Muslims and it makes us realize what it really feels like.”
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe condemned the attack in a statement.
“This act of unspeakable cowardice is a betrayal of the foundation of the Republic and the values of Paris,” Delanoe said.