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Hunt for man who stabbed Jewish woman in Lyon, Swedish Jews anxious

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Hunt for man who stabbed Jewish woman in Lyon, Swedish Jews anxious

Published: 7 November 2023

Last updated: 5 March 2024

Swastika graffitied at home of woman who was stabbed; Swedish Jews fear for children’s safety, while US students review college choice after Cornell, Columbia incidents.

Police were hunting for a man who stabbed and wounded a Jewish woman in the French city of Lyon on Saturday, while a swastika was found graffitied at her home, police and the city's mayor said. The victim's door had a mezuzah, identifying the inhabitants as Jewish.

The 30-year-old woman was stabbed several times in the abdomen and taken to hospital. Her injuries are reported to be not life-threatening.

Sweden's Jewish community has been in a state of anxiety since the Hamas terrorist attack on October 7 and the start of Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip. Swedish Jews fear for their safety, and it seems the authorities aren’t grasping the urgency of the situation.

A stark example occurred at the Hillel Jewish School in downtown Stockholm on October 13. Threats by Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal to spark an international “day of rage” circulated through social media.

Parents, many of them in mourning and worried about family and friends in Israel, wrote in private WhatsApp groups that the school’s regular security was inadequate. Some volunteered to watch the surroundings outside the school, and the local police stationed a patrol car nearby for a few hours.

Multiple reports have also emerged of students receiving harassment over the Gaza war.

In the US, Jewish high school student are reviewing their choices for college in the wake of a wave of anti-Israel and antisemitic incidents.

Eric Reilly, who was thinking of Cornell has taken it off the list. Last Sunday, Jewish students at Cornell, in upstate New York, were ordered to stay locked in their rooms after a fellow student issued threats to murder, rape and maim them. (He has since been charged and could face a jail sentence.)

His mother, Ivy Reilly says she and her son are also “in agreement” now that he will not apply to Columbia University – another Ivy League school where Jewish students have been feeling increasingly on edge since October 7, when Hamas terrorists crossed into Israel and carried out a horrific massacre, prompting a massive military retaliation.


Jewish Woman Stabbed in France, Swastika Daubed on Door; Police Suspect Antisemitic Motive (Haaretz)
Police treat attack as attempted murder with a possible antisemitic motive; France's interior minister: 857 antisemitic acts in France since Oct 7

'We Know Where You Live': Swedish Jews Don't Feel Safe Since Israel-Hamas War (Haaretz)
Students stay home from class or attend and suffer abuse, protesters call for Israel’s erasure, and radical Islamist groups operate unfettered

US Campus Antisemitism Over Gaza War Creates Dilemma for College-bound Jewish Kids (Haaretz)
Jewish high schoolers and their parents are facing an unprecedented predicament: to settle for a less prestigious university where they will feel safer being Jewish, or to aim for the best schools knowing that a hostile campus experience could await them

Watch: Paris subway passengers chant 'f*** the Jews, we are Nazis' (Ynet)

'Jew's b***h': Bosnian soccer team thrashed after fans mock rival’s Israeli owner (Ynet)

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