French Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemned attempted attacks by pro-Palestinian protesters on two Paris synagogues Sunday, the Business Insider reported. Hundreds of worshipers were trapped for hours and police kept back the violent protesters, who tried to force their way in with bats and chairs.
In a statement the Prime Minister said: "France will never tolerate using violent words or acts to import the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on our soil." He added the violence was “inadmissible.”
Emotions are running high in France following the recent violence in Gaza, Fox News wrote. The country has the highest Muslim population in Western Europe and also has the largest Jewish community.
Sunday’s “Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People” protest, which involved about 10,000 people, was widely peaceful until the two synagogues were attacked.
There were unconfirmed reports that some slogans went beyond support for Palestine. Sacha Reingewirtz, the president of the Union of Jewish Students of France, told Le Parisien.
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"We had multiple witnesses who told us they heard cries of 'Death to Jews,'" Reingewirtz said. "I call on them to cease blaming Jews in France for the conflict, as they have nothing to do with it." He added: "It is scandalous that these individuals would use the pretext of the conflict [in the Middle East] to attack Jews and call for the deaths of Jews."
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