French officials decry rioters who target synagogue, Jewish shops
12:31 pm, July 21, 2014
French politicians across the political divide on Monday denounced pro-Palestinian rioters who attacked a synagogue and Jewish-owned shops in a Paris suburb.
Hours after the Sunday night clashes between riot police and demonstrators angered at Israel's invasion of Gaza, ministers and opposition members of the French Parliament united to castigate what Prime Minister Manuel Valls said were "intolerable" acts that were clearly anti-Semitic.
Francois Pupponi, the mayor of Sarcelles, told BFMTV that the violent attacks were carried out by a "horde of savages."
Roger Cuikerman, head of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, an umbrella group, said there was increasing concern among French Jews at growing anti-Semitism in France.
While he said he understood protests against the Israeli government, attacks on Jews simply for being Jewish were "deeply disturbing."
"Anti-Zionism is just another form of anti-Semitism. They are not screaming, 'Death to the Israelis' on the streets of Paris. They are screaming, 'Death to the Jews,'"
Cuikerman told Radio France International.