Jewish woman, 30, is 'stabbed in stomach at her home in Lyon'
Jewish woman, 30, is ‘stabbed in stomach at her home in Lyon as police find Swastika painted on her door’ and launch manhunt for suspect dressed in black
A Jewish woman has been stabbed at her home in France – as police launch a manhunt for a suspect dressed in black after finding a Swastika painted on her door.
The victim, believed to be 30, was knifed twice in the stomach when she answered the door after hearing the doorbell ring at her home in Lyon.
The male attacker, who was dressed in black and wearing a mask according to the victim’s statement, fled the scene and is still at large, Le Figaro reports.
The woman was attacked at her home in the Montluc district, in the 3rd arrondissement of Lyon, at around 1pm today. She was rushed to a Lyon hospital and is not in a life-threatening condition.
‘Such an act of violence is unthinkable. I offer all my support to the victim and her relatives,’ said Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet on the social media platform X.
A Jewish woman has reportedly been stabbed in the stomach at her home in France. (File image)
A spokesman for the national police said he could not confirm whether police were treating the attack as an anti-Semitic hate crime.
The shocking attack comes as France faces a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war.
Since Hamas terrorists launched a barbaric attack on Israel on October 7, slaughtering 1,400 Israelis, 819 acts of anti-Semitism have been reported in France.
France has more antisemitic attacks, ranging from graffiti to physical abuse and death threats, in the last three weeks than in the past year.
The country is home to a large Jewish community of around 500,000 – the largest outside of Israel and the United States.
Many live alongside Muslim communities, emigrating to France since the 1950s and 1960s.
France was the first European nation to emancipate its Jewish populations during the French Revolution, at the end of the 18th century.
Reforms were extended under the reign of Emperor Napoleon, granting Jews legal equality and ending their restriction to ghettos, their slavery in Malta and opening France to Europe’s Jewish diaspora.
However, antisemitism reared its head towards the end of the century, culminating in the infamous Dreyfus Affair, one of the most notable examples of antisemitism and the miscarriage of justice in the Francophone world.
French collaborators also worked with the Nazis under the Vichy regime from 1940.
Pro-Palestine activists march through the streets of Paris today, calling for a ceasefire in Gaza
Jews were expelled from certain regions, banned from jobs, detained in special camps and in some cases lost their French nationality.
Earlier this week, a shocking video showed the moment commuters on the Paris metro began shouting ‘f*** the Jews… long live Palestine… we are Nazis and proud’.
The group alternate, repeating the lines ‘f*** the Jews and f*** your mother.
‘Long live Palestine, yeah yeah.
‘F*** the Jews and the grandmothers.’
The person filming is especially shocked as the group continue: ‘We are Nazis and proud’ before the clip cuts.
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