Here are some eyewitness accounts of the attack on a Paris synagogue compiled by Dreuz, a French conservative site.
On Saturday night July 12 in Paris, at an Arab-Muslim event that it would be dishonest to characterize as pro-Palestinian because they have never shown up when Palestinian Arabs are starved in Syria or when Rebels have blocked access to refugee camps; these young French Muslims attacked two synagogues with the intention of lynching the faithful – no, we are not in Egypt in the time of Mohammed Morsi, but in a France where the media incites hatred of Israel.
Young immigrants attacked synagogues. This makes sense when one is anti-Semitic, not anti-Zionist.
And as they are no more anti-Semitic than Dieudonné, but only anti-Zionist, they shouted slogans such as “Death to the Jews,” “Hitler was right”, “you are going to burn.”
These also makes sense when you are not anti-Semitic, just anti-Zionist.
Journalist Véronique Chemla says, and I quote:
“Synagogues in Belleville and the Rue de la Roquette in Paris… underwent violent attacks of “Blacks, Whites, Beurs” often wearing keffiehs armed with missiles and baseball bats, and chanting “Allah Aqbar” (Allah is the greatest) and “Death to the Jews.”
Deficient police, inadequate community protection, media silence, the silence of Islamic leaders, an outdated Jewish political establishment and the only defense came from the faithful Jews of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) and Betar …”
Bernard Abouaf, a columnist for a French Jewish radio published this on his Facebook page:
“What I saw this afternoon in front of the synagogue of La Roquette, Paris:
-I saw a hundred pro-Palestinian activists rushing to the synagogue
-I saw a group of forty Jews outside defending 160 worshipers inside in an atmosphere of pure urban guerrilla.
- I saw the brave young SPCJ, very professional alongside the determined of the youth of the JDL. I do not remember having once in my life written on my Facebook wall in defense of the JDL and I can tell you that tonight, if they were not there, haz veshalom, the synagogue would have been destroyed with all the people inside. Someone told me “If they are not there, they would have burned the synagogue”)
-I’ve seen a dozen men, 50-55 years, Gil Taieb, dripping with sweat after the fight. I saw Fabien limping after a nasty blow to the leg. I was told after he was over 60.
-I saw a 40 year old woman say “I threw a chair at their faces, these bastards.”
-I saw the CRS fold, two hours later the applause of the Jews saying “Thank you men of the Republic” (including the JDL).
-I saw Baba (his nickname) determined hyper say “nilhamnu”, “it was war” and unfortunately, it was true.
-”I saw a synagogue without any Israeli flags, without any Israeli official. With people praying inside (not on the sidewalk) without the slightest provocation.
And I saw, when we opened the doors to let out the people, the Jews had the worried look that I knew too well, I got goosebumps. I really thought about the Second World War.
There were about 80 young JDL and Beitar over fifteen members of SPCJ [Protection Service of the Jewish community - responsible for monitoring access to synagogues in addition to CRS] positioned at the entrance to protect the synagogue .
Our group made off against hundreds of attackers for several minutes. They threw at us glass bottles, chairs, wooden boards, stones, mortars. One of the attackers even had an ax.
A Muslim woman in the neighborhood shouted: “Filthy race, you are a minority, we are millions.”
At the same time, hundreds of Muslims headed towards the Rue des Rosiers to attack the Jewish quarter. They were repulsed by the CRS.