French Jewish family attacked at home in targeted robbery

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) – A Jewish family from the Paris region was assaulted and robbed at their home by men who may have targeted them because they are Jews, a watchdog group reported.

The report Wednesday by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, was about an aggravated robbery that occurred earlier in the day in the northeastern Parisian suburb of Le Blanc-Mesnil.

Three masked men of African descent armed with handguns sequestered the family, two parents and their daughter. One or more of the men also attacked the daughter, causing her what BNVCA described as “serious injuries” that required her hospitalization. The parents were also injured during the robbery and later hospitalized, according to BNVCA.

BNVCA said the perpetrators told the family they had targeted their home because they were Jewish and have money.

The perpetrators stole 2,500 euros, or $2,740, in cash, a Mercedes car and keys to the family’s jewellery shop in Paris’ 10th arrnodissement, or district.

“This attack bears an uncanny resemblance to the attack committed recently in Creteil,” BNVCA wrote in reference to the rape and robbery committed in December in that Paris suburb against a Jewish couple by robbers who said they targeted them because they were Jews.

“The cliché that Jews have money remains strong in people’s minds,” BNVCA added.

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