Vandals trash pro-Palestinian bookstore in Paris

6th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

They shouted before leaving that they were members of the Jewish Defence League, a radical militant group set up by a US rabbi in 1968 to protect Jews from anti-Semitism.

Paris -- Masked vandals trashed a Paris bookstore run by pro-Palestinian activists on Friday, in an attack blamed by the owners on Jewish extremists.

A bystander told AFP he saw five men wearing hoods and tracksuits run into the store, armed with sticks and bottles of oil early Friday afternoon.

Olivia Zemr, manager of the store in the northwestern 17th district of Paris, said the attackers smashed the computers and cash till, pulled books off the shelves and emptied the oil on the floor.

She said they shouted before leaving that they were members of the Jewish Defence League, a radical militant group set up by a US rabbi in 1968 to protect Jews from anti-Semitism.

The French section of the League was not available for comment.

The bookstore, known for its support for the Palestinian cause, has been attacked several times before, according to its owners.

France is home to Europe's largest Muslim community, estimated at five million, and its largest Jewish population with some 600,000 people.

AFP/Expatica

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