This past week, a French teenager was found to have committed an antisemitic act outside the College/Lycee Juive de Lyon in Villeurbanne, for which he was arrested recently.
Last Thursday, the young boy, who had no previous police records, was seen waving a large, 2-foot-long knife in front of the Jewish high school in Lyon, while also hurling marbles at students in the school and calling them “dirty Jews”.
Speaking about the incident, that follows a chain of antisemitic events in France, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, chairman of the European Jewish Association said, “the need for education against antisemitism must begin early. For this boy, it was too late. The fact that something like this is happening in 2021 in France means Europe is failing miserably at preventing the recurrence of violent antisemitism.”
Just last year, a high school teacher who had drawn criticism for showing his students caricatures of the Islamic prophet Muhammad was murdered outside his school, allegedly by a teenager who had been radicalized online. Such and more instances of antisemitism in France have put the Jewish community on high alert.
As of now, the Police are looking into whether the teenager arrested in Lyon or his family has any ties to terrorism.