Four neo-Nazis arrested in Strasbourg for planning ‘Jew hunt’

Four neo-Nazi men in Alsace were indicted for possessing and trafficking an “impressive” amount of weapons that were intended for use against Jews.

The men, aged between 45-53, were affiliated with far-right neo-Nazi groups and had intended on “hunting Jews” during a football match in Strasbourg, she said.

During the arrest, French police seized 18 legal and 23 illegal guns and some 120,000 bullets, as well as neo-Nazi literature, the prosecutor said.

The men were “well integrated into society,” Roux-Morizot said, according to the BBC. They were arrested before they managed to carry out the attack.

Reports of antisemitic incidents in France increased by 75% in 2021, according to the Jewish Community Security Service, the French Jewish community’s main watchdog group.

SPCJ recorded 589 hate crimes against Jews last year, including a 36% increase in physical assaults over 2020. The group released its annual report on Wednesday.

Incidents targeting people – as opposed to communal buildings and institutions – accounted for 45% of all incidents in 2021. Of those, 10% were physical assaults.

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