Multiple Jewish schools in Paris were evacuated following a bomb threat, causing panic among parents, according to the Jerusalem Post. The threat stated that bombs would explode in 20 different Jewish schools in the Paris area. French police conducted a thorough search of the schools on Monday in response to the anonymous warning.
One source from the organized Jewish community confirmed that there had been a bomb threat towards several Jewish schools and that some of them had been evacuated. Parents were also asked to take their children home from most schools. Thankfully, no explosives were found during the search. However, the incident caused a great deal of panic among parents. The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza has created a tense atmosphere, which has had an impact on the Jewish community in Paris.
France has been on high alert due to the recent surge in anti-Semitic actions. The Interior Ministry reported that the number of reported anti-Semitic acts has quadrupled in recent weeks. Incidents such as anti-Jewish graffiti on schools have increased fears of violence, with some Jewish residents admitting they are afraid to leave their homes.
The bomb threat against Jewish schools in Paris is just one in a series of similar incidents that have occurred in France this month. The historic Palace of Versailles has been forced to evacuate on four separate occasions due to bomb threats. Although no explosives were found in any of these cases, false threats have also resulted in evacuations at 15 airports and the cancellation of 130 flights.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed that a thorough investigation is underway regarding the threats. So far, 18 suspects have been detained, most of whom are minors. The authorities are determined to find and arrest those responsible for these threats.
Justice chief Eric Dupond-Moretti referred to the culprits as “little jokers” and “clowns.” He warned that those found guilty of making bomb threats could face up to three years in prison and fines of up to €45,000 ($47,000).
This incident highlights the increase in anti-Semitic incidents and the impact it has on the Jewish community in France. Authorities are making significant efforts to address the situation and ensure the safety of the Jewish schools and community. Any individual responsible for making bomb threats will face legal consequences. It is crucial for the community and authorities to work together to combat anti-Semitism and ensure the security of all citizens.