A mezuzah was torn off the doorframe of a Paris synagogue in a suspected antisemitic incident.
Marc Dayan, the president of the Yismah Moché Synagogue in the 18th district, discovered the vandalism on 14 August after returning from a vacation, according to a statement by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.
Dayan asked a neighbour if he had seen anything. The neighbour, whom BNVCA did not identify, said he had done it to “restore religious neutrality” to the building, according to the report.
The mezuzah had been affixed to the doorframe for decades, Dayan said.
He filed a complaint for an antisemitic hate crime with police. BNVCA said the incident was “an act of anti-Jewish hatred.”
Meanwhile, in Lyon, a graffiti reading “Heil Hitler” and “Juden,” the German word for Jews, was discovered Tuesday on a wall on a street.
Police are investigating the incident in eastern France as a case of antisemitic hate speech, BFMTV reported.