France bans pro-Palestinian demonstrations after violence

Worshippers at the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue in Paris were trapped inside as anti-Jewish rioters attacked the building with chairs and bats on July 13. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( France is banning pro-Palestinian demonstrations in some parts of the country after anti-Israel rioters recently attacked two Paris synagogues as part of a larger violent protest in the city's Bastille Square against Israel’s ongoing Operation Protective Edge.

A group of the rioters tried to break into the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue in eastern Paris wielding chairs and bats on July 13. Another synagogue on Rue de la Roquette in Paris was attacked by rioters hurling stones.

“I cannot accept a repetition [of these incidents] and I cannot take the risk of seeing French citizens, whatever their religious affiliations, exposed to violence,” said French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, reported France 24.

"The Jewish population is worried because they are finding themselves cornered on the one hand by the right, the extreme right, which is gaining electoral support, and is still anti-Semitic in its ideology and in its ranks, and on the other hand, by pro-Palestinian forces, by the extreme left, by disaffected youth from suburban housing projects, and by the Muslim population in general," renowned Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld said Wednesday, ABC News reported.

Posted on July 18, 2014 .