By Shirli Sitbon, June 27, 2008
As the latest young Jewish victim of a violent attack in France woke up from his coma on Monday, debate was reignited on the safety and future of the county’s Jewish community.
Rudy Haddad, 17, was wearing a kippah when he was beaten by between 15 and 30 teenagers of black African origin wielding metal bars. The incident, which occurred on Shabbat afternoon, was initially described by French authorities as antisemitic.
The attack took place in Paris’s multi-ethnic 19th district, which has large Jewish, Arab and black populations.