A popular kosher restaurant in a heavily-Jewish suburb of Paris was vandalized with antisemitic graffiti on Saturday.
The “Mr. Shnitz” establishment — located in Levallois-Perret — tagged with the words “thief” seven times and “Jew” four times, its owner said, according to a JNS report.
A suspect was arrested by police on Saturday evening after being spotted on CCTV footage. However, he was subsequently released due to a “lack of sufficient evidence.”
The man who was arrested for the vandalism of a kosher restaurant in Paris on Saturday was released from custody due to “lack of sufficient evidence,” even though he was spotted on CCTV footage.
We hope French police will conduct an in-depth investigation, as this would not be… pic.twitter.com/o7hgcDq1AJ
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) August 22, 2023
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he was “deeply shocked by these unbearable antisemitic inscriptions.”
Profondément choqué par ces inscriptions antisémites insupportables.
Grâce à la grande réactivité des policiers, l’auteur présumé a déjà pu être interpellé. https://t.co/HQOkjmxKfh
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) August 19, 2023
Yonathan Arfi — president of CRIF, the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France — commented, “We firmly state that they will not win.”
Also over the weekend, five kosher restaurants in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, were burglarized.
🚨 I’m hearing and seeing reports that multiple Jewish (kosher) restaurants in the Pico Robertson area of Los Angeles were smashed and burglarized last night.
It is still Shabbat on the West Coast, and we won’t know too much more until sundown when the community is back… pic.twitter.com/AMq2Q4fGn3
— Sia Kordestani (@SiaKordestani) August 20, 2023