French Jewish woman stabbed at her home in Lyon, swastika daubed on front door

819 anti-Semitic incidents have occurred in France since the Hamas assault, almost double the entire of last year.

By Ben Cohen, The Algemeiner

A Jewish woman was stabbed at her home in the French city of Lyon on Saturday afternoon by an assailant who also daubed a swastika on her front door.

The 30-year-old woman was stabbed twice in the abdomen and taken to hospital. Her condition is now said to be stable and she is no longer in danger, the French newspaper Le Progres reported on Saturday night.

According to accounts of the attack in the French media, the attacker, described as a man dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask, rang the victim’s doorbell “insistently.” The woman, whose home is identified as Jewish by the mezuzah on display, then answered the door. The assailant stabbed her twice before fleeing the scene of the attack, an apartment building on rue Jeanne-Hachette in the Montluc district of the city.

A statement from the Lyon public prosecutor’s office confirmed that an investigation had been opened into an attempted murder with a possible antisemitic motive.

Government statistics released earlier this week revealed that more than 800 antisemitic acts had been recorded in France since the Hamas atrocities in southern Israel on Oct. 7.

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France was putting “very significant resources into protecting French people of the Jewish faith,” French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said in a television interview on Monday. According to figures from the interior ministry, 819 antisemitic incidents have been registered since the Hamas assault — almost double the 436 acts recorded during the entirety of 2022.