2 Orthodox Jewish men beaten in unprovoked attack while leaving synagogue in ParisBy Mason White 4:46 PM May 25, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
Two Orthodox Jews who were leaving a Paris synagogue, were beaten in an unprovoked attack, police in France said.
The French Interior Minister said that the two men were attacked as they left the synagogue on Saturday.
Bernard Caseneuve ordered police across the country to increase security at Jewish houses of worship and other Jewish institutions. There were no immediate details on the Saturday night attack on the two men leaving the synagogue in Creteil, southeast of Paris.
The attack came hours after a deadly attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, that left three people, including an Israeli couple dead and a fourth person critically injured. Police in Belgium said that they have arrested a suspect and were looking to arrest another suspect.
French President Francois Hollande offered his sympathy to neighboring Belgium, and promised that the perpetrators in the Paris attack will be captured.
Last week, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish female teacher suffered serious injuries after being beaten in an unprovoked attack, police in France said. The Paris Police Department said that the teacher was beaten by a group of black men on Monday afternoon.
The woman was transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment. She suffered from bruises on her entire body. The woman is a teacher at the school headed by Rabbi Aharon Daniel Heiman. The attack occurred as she approached a train station.
The thugs also grabbed her purse before fleeing from the scene. After being attacked, the woman returned to the school where staff members alerted rescue workers and the police.
Police launched an investigation into the attack and they believe that the victim was beaten because she is Jewish. So far, no arrests have been made.