A young woman of Jewish faith was stabbed on Saturday, November 4 at her home in Lyon, indicated the city’s prosecutor’s office, which evokes a possible “anti-Semitic motive”, while the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF) appeals to “caution”. “The vital prognosis of the young Jewish woman injured by a stab at her home located in the 3rd arrondissement of Lyon is not in jeopardy,” announced the prosecution in a press release. “No arrests” took place at this stage, he specifies.
“This abominable attack raises very serious concerns within the Jewish community,” reacted the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (Crif) Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which said it “strongly condemned the attack.”
“However, given the state of the ongoing investigations, the president of CRIF ARA, Richard Zelmati, calls for both reason and caution,” he underlines. It will be up to the courts to qualify the offenses and their anti-Semitic nature.”
Swastika is spray painted on the door
According to a police source, the events occurred around 1:15 p.m. The victim declared that someone had rung her doorbell, and that he stabbed her twice when she opened it. He was dressed in dark clothes, his face partially masked and fled after the incident. A swastika is spray-painted on the door, but it is “not possible” to date it at this stage, the source said.
“The initial findings led the Lyon public prosecutor’s office to open an investigation into attempted murder aggravated by the fact that the act could be motivated by an anti-Semitic motive,” according to the public prosecutor’s office. The Rhône departmental police and the DZPJ (Zonal Judicial Police Department) of Lyon were jointly responsible for this investigation.
Family known as Israelite
It was the victim’s cousin, called by the latter, who raised the alarm and called for help. She was also the one who discovered the swastika, according to another police source.
“The person opened and the assailant simply said hello to him so that he could attack him twice with a knife,” reported Maître Stéphane Drai, the victim’s lawyer on BFMTV, assuring that “the family was known as a family of the Israelite faith.”
“857 anti-Semitic acts”
Since October 7, the date of the start of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, “857 anti-Semitic acts” have been recorded, “as many in three weeks” as in “the entire past year”, indicated the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin on Tuesday during the government questions session at the National Assembly.
The minister also indicated that 425 people had been arrested and “27 people placed in administrative detention centers”. Nearly 6,000 reports were also made on the Pharos platform.
“A Jewish woman was stabbed this Saturday. An anti-Semitic inscription was found on the door of his home. Such a surge of violence is unspeakable,” reacted the mayor of Lyon Grégory Doucet on the support for Palestinian civilians had gathered 5,000 people in the afternoon.