Monday, 11 September 2017

'Anti-Semitic' gang robbed Paris Jewish community leader family

French police are trying to find a gang who took a Jewish family hostage in their suburban Paris home, in what is seen as an anti-Semitic attack.

A Jewish community leader - 78-year-old Roger Pinto - his wife and son were beaten and robbed of jewellery, cash and credit cards, their lawyer said.

"You're Jews, so where's the money?" one of the gang said in the attack on Thursday night, quoted by the lawyer.

The suburb, Seine-Saint-Denis, has seen previous anti-Semitic attacks.

Mr Pinto heads a group called Siona, which stands for "the defence of the Jewish people and the state of Israel".
Three assailants broke into the detached house, in an area called Livry-Gargan, then cut the electricity supply and took Mr Pinto's son hostage.

Then they allegedly hit and tied up Mr Pinto and his wife, holding them hostage for several hours before Mrs Pinto managed to call the police.

On Sunday France's Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said "the motivation for this cowardly act appears to be directly linked to their religion".

The representative council for French Jewish organisations, Crif, condemned "this very violent anti-Semitic attack".

BBC    News.