Shots Fired at Paris Synagogue Miss Rabbi

Series of high-profile terror attacks in France continue with automatic gunfire on synagogue office targeting rabbi.

Ari Yashar, | updated: 17:38

Terrorist shooting gun (illustration)
Terrorist shooting gun (illustration)
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Following a string of high-profile Islamic terror attacks that have rocked France, yet another attack occurred on Monday night as automatic gunfire was sprayed at the David Ben Ichay synagogue on Paris's 3 Danjon Street.

According to the French Jewish JSS News, the attack occurred around 9:30 p.m. when the rabbi and his assistant were present. The shots were fired at the glass window of the synagogue's office through which the rabbi or his assistant could be seen - fortunately neither were hit.

Sources cited by the site indicated the shots were fired by an AirSoft gun, which can wound and cripple but is usually not lethal.

The Jewish Bureau National de Vigilance Contre L’Antisémitisme (BNVCA) contacted Parisian police who launched an investigation, and found a bullet in the targeted window.

Security cameras didn't give definitive information as to the identity of the assailants, but two people were seen in the area just minutes before the attack, meaning they could be suspects or witnesses - police are currently searching for the two.

Rabbi Noam Perel, the secretary-general of World Bnei Akiva, responded to the attack saying "the shooting at the synagogue and Bnei Akiva compound...won't deter the World Bnei Akiva movement, its delegates and guides from continuing to act to bring Jews from the exile to Israel."

"Thank G-d none were wounded from the community, the guides and delegates. We continue to keep the continuous contact with our people, most of whom are on vacation outside the city, despite all the obstacles," continued the rabbi.

In a statement released by the BNVCA, the group called on the French authorities to spare no efforts to "identify and question the anti-Jewish criminals." It also called for the Jewish communities in France to exert caution given the recent rising spate of anti-Semitic crime.

Earlier this month there was a shocking robbery and rape attack committed against a young Jewish couple in Paris, which has led French politicians to condemn the steep rise of anti-Semitism.

On Saturday, a knife-wielding Bertrand Nzohabonayo attacked French police in a suburb of Tours while shouting "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is greater), leaving two officers seriously injured before being shot dead.

Then on Sunday, another man also yelled "Allahu Akbar" before ramming his vehicle into dozens of pedestrians in the eastern French city of Dijon. Thirteen people were injured in that incident, but officials brushed it off claiming no link to terrorism

The story repeated itself on Monday, when a van rammed into shoppers at a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes, injuring at least ten people. There again, the driver shouted "Allahu Akbar."




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