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Israeli Attacked With Stun Gun Outside Paris Synagogue

The 52-year-old man required medical attention but wasn’t seriously injured

Stephanie Butnick
March 11, 2014
Pletzl Pavee Synagogue. (Wikimedia)
Pletzl Pavee Synagogue. (Wikimedia)

An Israeli man was assaulted by two men with a stun gun near a Paris synagogue in the Marais, the city’s historic Jewish quarter, last night, JTA reports. The victim filed a complaint with the Paris police for assault and a racial hate crime.

K. Sassoun, a 52-year-old Israeli, was identified as the victim of Monday night’s attack at a building next to a synagogue on Pavee Street in central Paris, according to the news site. Sassoun was not seriously hurt but required medical treatment after being knocked down by the stun gun, which sends electric currents that usually incapacitate targets or render them unconscious for several minutes.

The National Bureau for Vigilance against anti-Semitism, a French watchdog organization, released a statement alleging that the stun gun assault was motivated by the victim’s religion. “The perpetrators assaulted the victim for no other reason than his clothing and appearance, which identified him as being Jewish, and the fact that he was near a Jewish place of worship,” the statement said.

The attack comes a week after a 28-year-old French Jewish man was beaten on a Paris metro train by assailants who reportedly shouted, “Jew, we are going to lay into you, you have no country.” It’s a similar-sounding refrain to that which was chanted at an anti-government rally in Paris in January: “Jew, France is not yours.”

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.