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Main Jewish group voiced indignation after it emerged a gang had locked up and attacked a Jewish youth.
PARIS, March 5, 2008 - France's main Jewish group voiced indignation Wednesday after it emerged a gang had locked up and attacked a Jewish youth in the same Paris suburb where a young Jew was tortured to death two years ago. .
Six youths from Bagneux, south of Paris, are accused of locking up a 19-year-old youth in a storage room on February 22, beating and sexually tormenting him, and scrawling 'dirty Jew' and 'dirty faggot' on his face.
Aged 17 to 25, the youths -- who knew the victim -- had falsely accused him of stealing from them, according to judicial officials. The young man was later hospitalised "in a state of shock"..
Richard Prasquier, head of the French Council of Jewish Institutions, the CRIF, said the incident confirmed the "need to remain vigilant in the face of anti-Semitism."
Vigilant. Vigilant? The man should be flogged for even using the word.
The youths face charges of group violence motivated by a person's "real or supposed race, religion or sexual orientation", acts of torture, blackmail and theft..
A young Jewish man, 23-year-old Ilan Halimi, was kidnapped for three weeks and tortured to death by a violent extorsion gang from Bagneux in 2006, in a suspected anti-Semitic crime that shocked the country..
Close to 30 people are under investigation over the killing, with the gang's alleged ringleader, Youssef Fofana, to stand trial for murder in the coming months.
Anti-Semitism is a sensitive issue in France, where the 600,000-strong Jewish community is western Europe's largest, and which is also home to a five-million strong Muslim population.
Those Jews have got to bolt.