French Jews Outraged by Islamist Murder of 2 Cops

(JTA) — French Jews expressed their outrage over the murder of two police officers, a man and his wife, at their home near Paris by an Islamist.

Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, on Tuesday conveyed that sentiment, along with his solidarity with the family and security forces, on Twitter over the killing of Jean-Baptiste Salvaing near Paris the previous evening.

The assailant, who lived near Salvaing, stabbed him nine times as Salvaing was entering his home in Magnanville and then entered the police officer’s home, killing his wife, Jessica Salvaing, who was also a policewoman, and taking hostage their three-year-old son. Police freed the son and killed the assailant, who cried “Allah is the greatest” in Arabic before stabbing the husband, the French news agency AFP reported.

Islamist websites associated with the Islamic State wrote that the assailant was a member of that terrorist group.

“I would like to express all forms of solidarity with the National Police and with the victims,” Kalifat wrote. “This barbarism must stop.”

Moche Lewin, the executive director of the Conference of European Rabbis, also expressed “solidarity” with French police in a post on his Twitter account.

Many French Jews regard attacks by Islamists and others on police and military as closely related to their own safety.

The Islamist who in 2012 murdered four Jews at a school in Toulouse gunned down three soldiers before he targeted the Jewish institution. The jihadist who murdered four people at a kosher shop in January 2015 also killed a police officer the previous day.

Following those attacks, approximately 12,000 military and police were posted outside Jewish institutions, where they are sometimes attacked. CRIF and other groups often stage gestures expressing their gratitude to security forces at community events, and regularly condemn attacks on them in the harshest terms.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

French Jews Outraged by Islamist Murder of 2 Cops

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close