Muslims attack Jews and synagogues in Paris (video)By Mason White 4:07 PM July 14, 2014
|Muslims attacking synagogue in Paris|
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) The anti-Jewish atmosphere in France, is spiraling out of control, police said.
Muslim demonstrators attacked two synagogues in Paris on Sunday, as pro-Palestinian protests turned violent.
Jewish worshippers barricaded themselves inside the Synagogue de la Roquette, when protesters tried to storm the building with sticks and chairs.
Police and security volunteers blocked their way and tear gas was fired to disperse the crowd. The Synagogue de la rue des Tournelles, was also attacked by a small group, and several people were arrested.
Six police officers trying to keep back the attackers and two Jews, were wounded in the clashes. Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned the synagogue attacks in the strongest possible terms.
”France will never tolerate the use of words or violence to import the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on our soil,” Valls said. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, praised the police and called for calm.
The current Israeli-Palestinian conflict has heightened tensions in France, which is home to the largest Muslim population in Western Europe, as well as the largest Jewish community.
Protesters demanded an immediate ceasefire and condemned Israel’s response to rocket fire from Gaza as disproportionate. Thousands of people marched to the iconic Bastille Square, waving Palestinian flags and wearing their red, green, white and black colors.