Jewish Woman Stabbed in Suspected Antisemitic Attack in Lyon, France
Woman Stabbed Twice Outside Her Home
A Jewish woman was stabbed twice in the stomach outside her home in Lyon, France on Saturday in what appears to be an antisemitic attack.
The woman, who is in her 30s, was alone in her apartment when she was attacked by a hooded man who knocked on her door.
Swastika Found on Door After Attack
After the woman was stabbed, her cousin came to her aid and called emergency services. The cousin discovered a swastika graffitied on the door of the woman’s home.
The woman was hospitalized for her injuries but her life is not in danger, according to her lawyer Stephane Drai.
Police Treating Attack as Antisemitic Hate Crime
While police have not yet confirmed the attack as antisemitic, they are treating it as a hate crime. Officers are still searching for the attacker.
Lyon mayor Gregory Doucet condemned the “unthinkable act of violence” and offered his full support to the victim.
Surge in Antisemitic Attacks Globally
The attack comes amid a worldwide surge in antisemitic violence in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war.
In London, antisemitic offenses rose over 1300% in a recent 18-day period compared to the previous year.
Jewish Community Alarmed
The attack has caused great concern in the French Jewish community, although the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions said the courts must determine if antisemitism was a motive.
The brutal assault outside the woman’s home has deepened fears among French Jews already anxious about rising antisemitic acts in the country.