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 reportedly been stabbed in the stomach at her home in France as police launch a manhunt for a suspect dressed in black after painting a swastika on her door.
The victim, believed to be 30 years old, was stabbed twice in the stomach when she opened the door after hearing the doorbell ringing at her home in Lyon.
The male attacker, who the victim said was dressed in black and wearing a mask, fled the scene and remains at large, Le Figaro reports.
The woman was attacked today at around 1 p.m. at her home in the Montluc district, in the 3rd arrondissement of Lyon. She was rushed to a hospital in Lyon 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,” Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet said on the social media platform
A Jewish woman has reportedly been stabbed in the stomach at her home in France. (File image)
A national police spokesman 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 war between Israel and Hamas.
Since Hamas terrorists launched a barbaric attack on Israel on October 7, massacring 1,400 Israelis, 819 acts of anti-Semitism have been reported in France.
France has had more anti-Semitic attacks ranging from graffiti to physical abuse and death threats in the past three weeks than in the past year.
France is home to a large Jewish community of about 500,000 people – the largest outside Israel and the United States.
Pro-Palestinian activists march through the streets of Paris today calling for a ceasefire in Gaza
Many live with Muslim communities and have emigrated to France since the 1950s and 1960s.
France was the first European country to emancipate its Jewish population during the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century.
Under the reign of Emperor Napoleon, reforms were extended, granting legal equality to Jews, ending their restriction to ghettos, opening their slavery in Malta and France to the Jewish diaspora of Europe.
Towards the end of the century, however, anti-Semitism emerged, culminating in the infamous Dreyfus affair, one of the most notable examples of anti-Semitism and miscarriage of justice in the French-speaking world.
French collaborators also worked with the Nazis under the Vichy regime from 1940 onwards.
Jews were expelled from certain regions, excluded from work, held 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 takes turns repeating the lines ‘f*** the Jews and f*** your mother.
‘Long live Palestine, yes yes.
‘F*** the Jews and the grandmothers.’
The person filming is especially shocked when the group continues, “We are Nazis and proud” before the clip cuts off.