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Paris - Psych Ward Escapee Stabs Rabbi, Son After Synagogue Services

Published on: April 23, 2013 07:30 AM
Last updated on: April 23, 2013 01:32 PM
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The attack took place on Saulnier Street near a synagogue. Photo: GoogleThe attack took place on Saulnier Street near a synagogue. Photo: Google

Paris - An escapee from a psychiatric institution slashed a rabbi and his son with a box-cutter on Tuesday, prompting witnesses to tackle and subdue the attacker after a chase through a Paris synagogue, officials said.

The rabbi, who is in his late 40s, was recovering from surgery for a neck injury and his 18-year-old son sustained lesser injuries in the attack north of a touristic shopping area near Paris’ gilded Opera Garnier, according to police and judicial officials and Richard Prasquier, who heads CRIF, France’s largest umbrella organization of Jewish groups.

The assailant was of Iranian origin, and an official investigation was underway to determine a possible motive, Prasquier said. The attacker, now in police custody, had escaped from a psychiatric hospital near southeastern Lyon last week, said a police official on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

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Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office, said the two victims had been wearing Jewish skullcaps, and the attacker was detained after a chase through the synagogue. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, said in a statement that the assailant screamed “Allah-u-Akbar” — or “God is great” — during the attack.

France is home to the largest Jewish community in Western Europe, at some 500,000 people, which has faced sporadic bouts of anti-Semitism over the years. In one of the country’s most wrenching episodes in recent years, three Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi were shot and killed by a radical Islamic militant in March last year in the southwestern city of Toulouse.


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 Apr 23, 2013 at 08:01 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

Possible anti semitic motives..... What a bunch of bleeding heart liberals!!!

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 08:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Not sure why yidden live in Paris. It sounds extremely hostile to live there. The Arabs have one thing in mind: jihad jihad jihad!! The Rav and his son should have a refuah shelamah!

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 08:19 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Not sure why yidden live in Paris. It sounds extremely hostile to live there. The Arabs have one thing in mind: jihad jihad jihad!! The Rav and his son should have a refuah shelamah!

Not for you to judge, but for sure as long as Jews remain there, they need a rabbi

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 09:50 AM Anonymous Says:

recently escaped patient from a psychiatric hospital who was allegedly born in Tehran, but whose nationality was not initially indicated.

SOUNDS LIKE A TYPICAL FRENCH EXPLANATION!

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 09:52 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Not sure why yidden live in Paris. It sounds extremely hostile to live there. The Arabs have one thing in mind: jihad jihad jihad!! The Rav and his son should have a refuah shelamah!

Agreed, even I went into a kosher restaurant in Paris and ordered a falafel in english, the cashier went balistic, how DARE I speak english in France. Well, this was only a restaurant in the Jewish section where tourists are a dime a dozen, have no desire to go back to Paris after that!

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 10:01 AM Anonymous Says:

why can't the readers be provided with their names for tehillim? (or anyone else who's featured in VIN's articles and is, r"l, in of tehillim??)

As a frum newspaper, VIN should not be asked for this information, no offense

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM OscarMadison Says:

The leftist-liberal media instructs its followers in the way of intellectual dishonesty. He attacker screamed "allahu akbar" while attacking two Jews, but "exact reasons were unconfirmed". This is how idiot liberals continue their fantasies, they stop thinking and start feeling.

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 01:29 PM jack-l Says:

This guy escape from a mental institution a week ago . He doesnt seem to do anything that would attract attention , get noticed , arouse suspicion until he sees a JEW .then he goes nuts. like a red flag for a bull.
He is sick all right. A real out and out anti semite. But , we dont have anti semites in france. Better give him his meds, dinner and let him watch tv..poor innocent soul.

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 04:09 PM Anonymous Says:

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OscarMadison Says:

The leftist-liberal media instructs its followers in the way of intellectual dishonesty. He attacker screamed "allahu akbar" while attacking two Jews, but "exact reasons were unconfirmed". This is how idiot liberals continue their fantasies, they stop thinking and start feeling.

Weed yourself out of the future. For the idea of masking hatred and inhumanity as a common cause for you to attack the dignified approach to human suffering and enlightenment from the true classical liberal mind is a crime against Humanity.

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