Ilan Halimi's reinterment in Israel.
Ilan Halimi's reinterment in Israel. Flash 90

A Jewish man was brutally attacked in Strasbourg, France, on Friday night.

The man, who is 42, was attacked by two assailants. One of them hit him across the back of the head with a metal rod and the other stabbed him in the chest. He was reportedly in serious condition.

The attackers were taken into custody. Authorities have indicated that one or both of them are “mentally ill.”

According to an eyewitness, the victim was wearing a kippah when he was assaulted. News agency DPA reported that the man was attacked by two men wearing djellaba robes of the kind traditionally worn in North Africa.

MK Ze'ev Bielski (Kadima) asked Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to demand that France do everything possible to prevent anti-Semitic attacks. The MK added that “one cannot accept a situation in which French Jews are attacked just for being Jews.”

Three years ago, a Jewish youth named Ilan Halimi was kidnapped and tortured to death by a Muslim gang in a Paris suburb.