Jewish woman stabbed in her home in antisemitic attack in France

A French Jewish woman was stabbed in her home in Lyon on Saturday, and a swastika was painted on her door.

On Saturday, November 4, a woman was stabbed in her home in Lyon, France’s third-largest city. The perpetrators also painted swastikas on her door. Authorities claim it was an antisemitic attack.

According to French media, the attack occurred in the afternoon when an individual dressed in dark clothing and with his face concealed knocked on the victim’s door. The woman was assaulted soon after she came to the door and suffered two stab wounds to the abdomen. She was later rushed to a hospital emergency room.

According to reports, the victim had a traditional Jewish symbol, a mezuzah, on her door, leading the prosecutor’s office to suggest there was an “antisemitic motive” behind the crime. A lawyer for the victim said he would lodge a complaint for “attempted homicide.”

Lyon’s mayor, Gregory Doucet, condemned the violence on social media.

The stabbing occurred against a backdrop of growing antisemitism in France following the October 7 massacre in Israel by Hamas terrorists. Since then, more than 800 antisemitic acts have been reported in France, nearly double the total for all of 2022, according to the latest report confirmed on Monday by French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.