Kosher shop is gutted in fire

Kosher shop is gutted in fire

"It is too early to discuss motivations for this act, "warned a source close to the investigation".

Two Kosher shops were damaged in a fire south of Paris on the third anniversary of the slaying of four Jews at a different kosher supermarket in that city.

On the third anniversary of the January 9, 2015 attack at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in eastern Paris, a suspected arson attack yesterday on a French kosher grocery store revived fears of anti-Semitism in the country.

The fire Monday night at the Promo Stock store in suburban Creteil and at the local branch of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket chain store comes two weeks after swastikas were painted on both stores.

According to the French National Bureau of Vigilance against anti-Semitism (BNVCA), the fire targeted the Muslim owner for his links with the Jewish community.

The fire occurs three years to the day after the attack of the Hyper Cacher supermarket on Porte de Vincennes, in the 20 arrondissement of Paris, during which four people were killed on January 9, 2015.

Aliza Bin Noun, Israel's ambassador to France, called Tuesday's suspected arson a "shameful provocation" that proves the importance of continuing the fight against anti-Semitism. That took place one day after he killed a policewoman in a southern suburb of the capital and two days after his associates, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, killed 11 people at a newspaper office in Paris and a policeman on a nearby street.

The Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015 prompted fears among many French Jews, as more Jews consider fleeing to Israel due to growing security concerns.

France is home to Europe's largest Jewish community, which makes up around a quarter of Créteil's population of 90,000.

In 2017, a Jewish woman was pushed to her death from a third-floor window by a Muslim neighbour, while a Jewish family was beaten, held hostage and robbed in what rights groups said was a hate crime.

'What has changed over the past three years is the awareness of this level of anti-Semitism, ' he said.

'These are crimes that must be prosecuted and condemned, we need to do more, ' he said.

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