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Palestinian Demonstrators Attempt to Break Into Paris Synagogues

Six police officers and two members of local Jewish community wounded

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 14th, 2014 in News » World

Palestinian Demonstrators Attempt to Break Into Paris Synagogues

Palestinian activists swarmed the capital of France Sunday, with several thousand demonstrators marching through the streets of Paris while carrying a large banner that read: "Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People"

Protesters also carried Palestinian flags and a gigantic mock version of a rocket, bearing the word "resistance."

What began as a peaceful protest, however, would soon be marred by violence. At the end of the march on Bastille Square, the demonstrators began throwing projectiles onto police officers, who responded with tear gas.

French Police announced that by the end of the protest, six arrests had been made.

Following the rally, a small group of activists attempted to break into two synagogues in central Paris, according to police, who were able to disperse the group.

Two members of the Jewish community, and six police officers, were injured during the attack.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned the attempted violence on the Paris synagogues "in the strongest possible terms".

"Such acts targeting places of worship are unacceptable," he said in a statement.

"I am profoundly shocked and revolted. This aggression towards the Jewish community has taken an absolutely unacceptable turn," added Joel Mergei, President of the Israelite Central Consistory of France.

Also on Sunday, between 2,300 - 6,000 pro-Palestinian supporters rallied in the northern French city of Lille, shouting "We Are All Palestinians!" and "Only One Solution, End the Occupation!"

"They are bombing innocent people. There are missiles being launched by Hamas, but the Israeli response is disproportionate. They are attacking the civilian population and not Hamas officials," one such demonstrator told AFP.

anti-Semitism has become a serious issue in France, with many members of the country's Jewish community making aliyah in order to leave behind the hatred.

On the other side of the world, a pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles was also taking place Sunday, which was disrupted by Palestinian activists who arrived with long wooden sticks. Four men were arrested.

Since Operation Protective Edge began a week ago, Israel has been pounded by over 700 rockets fired from Gaza, 160 of which intercepted by Iron Dome. Israel has warned that they may enter Gaza with a possible ground invasion in the coming days.

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