A Jewish teacher was attacked in Paris on Thursday night by assailants who broke his nose and drew a swastika on his chest, JTA reports. The victim, identified only as K. Richard, told police he was leaving a kosher restaurant when three men who appeared to be of North African descent cornered him and pressed him to the wall. He was wearing a yarmulke at the time.
The Bureau for National Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, a French watchdog group, released a report that said the attackers hit the victim’s face and chest, breaking his nose, before opening his shirt and drawing a swastika on his chest with a black marker. At the sound of shouts of “death to the Jews” and “dirty Jew” in French and Richard’s cries for help, a passerby approached and the attackers fled. No arrest has been reported.
This isn’t the first such incident in recent days. Last week an Israeli man was attacked with a stun gun outside a Parisian synagogue. Two weeks earlier, a French Jew was beaten on the Paris metro to phrases similar to those reportedly shouted by Richard’s attackers. The rising frequency of anti-Semitic acts in France is cause for great concern among French Jews. So far, the French government has made no comment on the matter.