reports that we are all Jews under the skin, except for the
PARIS — A gang of young men attacked a woman riding a suburban train
with her infant child, cutting her hair and drawing swastikas on her stomach. Other passengers
watched but did nothing, police reported.
Police said the gang of six set upon the 23-year-old woman on a suburban train north of Paris
and grabbed her backpack where they found identity papers that showed an address in the capital’s
well-to-do 16th district. “There are only Jews in the 16th,” one of the group of attackers
It turns out “the young woman, who was not identified, was not Jewish and no longer lived in
the district,” according to the police. Ironic? Yes. But what the attack really says is
that when it’s up to anti-Semites — whether neo-Nazis or Muslim extremists or, as
reported in this case, a gang of suburban thugs, some of whom “appeared to be of Muslim North
African origin” — the rest of us are Jews. No one is exempt.