France / 05-07-2012
Hauts-de-Seine - Rabbi Asher Idan, the director of the Jerusalem-based Kol HaNa'ar, was attacked and robbed on Tuesday while traveling on the subway in Paris.
The incident occurred as Rabbi Idan, who is currently in France engaged in Jewish activities, made his way, along with a student, on the subway to give lessons to local Jewish youth. He was approached by two local thugs who shouted “stinking Jew” and viciously attacked him.
Rabbi Idan later told local media that the thugs pinned him to the wall and stole 600 euros from him.
“I saw the burning hatred in their eyes,” he said. “I complained to the French police.” He added that the police officer presented him with 400 photos from which to identify the attackers, but he had difficulties doing so.
Rabbi Idan clarified that despite the attack he does not intend to shorten his trip to France.