Anxious worshipers attending Shabbat services at the Great Synagogue in the French city of Strasbourg were regaled with antisemitic insults and slogans this weekend, during a angry demonstration mounted by the “yellow vest” social protest movement.
“We saw one protester urinating against the wall of the synagogue,” recounted Maurice Dahan, the president of the Jewish Consistoire of the Lower Rhine region of Eastern France.
“This cannot be tolerated from the yellow vests, and it cannot be tolerated in France,” Dahan stated, in an interview with French broadcaster BFM on Sunday.
Several of the 1,300 demonstrators clashed with police outside the European Parliament building in Strasbourg as well as in the city center during Saturday’s protests. Eight officers were injured and 19 arrests were made as masked protesters lobbed projectiles at police.
When the protesters marched past the synagogue along the route of the demonstration, some activists were spotted shouting insults and making abusive gestures at Jewish worshipers entering the building, reported online French news outlet Le Monde Juif.
Several other participants in the demonstration condemned the behavior of this group, the report added.