Jewish school bus torched in Strasbourg

20th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

STRASBOURG, France, Jan 20 (AFP) - A minibus used to transport children to a Jewish school in the eastern French city of Strasbourg was set alight Sunday night, police said Tuesday.

STRASBOURG, France, Jan 20 (AFP) - A minibus used to transport children to a Jewish school in the eastern French city of Strasbourg was set alight Sunday night, police said Tuesday.

 A few hours earlier assailants hurled stones at the door of a synagogue in the same city.

"Several factors make me think these are anti-Semitic acts," said Pierre Levy, regional delegate of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF). "What is worrying is that the incidents tend to happen after demonstrations," he said.

On Saturday around 20,000 Muslims demonstrated around France against a proposed ban on the Islamic headscarf in schools. The marches were organised by the Strasbourg-based Party of French Muslims, whose opponents accuse it of being anti-Semitic.

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