French police arrest protesters who allegedly assaulted security at Jewish event

Police in Lyon, France arrested several people who assaulted security personnel guarding an event organised by the Jewish Agency for Israel, the organization said.

The incident evening ended without serious injury, the France office of the Jewish Agency wrote in a statement.

Several hours after that demonstration ended, the Jewish Agency for Israel held an aliyah fair at a venue in the same district.

About 90 minutes into that event, several pro-Palestinian activists arrived and began assaulting the security guards, several pro-Palestinian activists arrived and began assaulting the security guards, leading police to intervene.

“At no point did the assailants enter the venue and none of the participants was in any danger,” the statement said. No protesters were present on the street when the fair ended and participants left the venue “in total safety,” the statement said.

Ofir Sofer, Israel’s minister for aliyah and integration, said in a statement: “I take very seriously the antisemitic assault during the Aliyah fair in Lyon and call on the French government to act firmly against antisemitism and the supporters of [Hamas commander] Yahya Sinwar and the October 7 massacres.”

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