French Court Jails Moroccan Man for Anti-Semitic Attack

Published October 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A court on Monday sentenced a Moroccan man to seven months in prison for an attack earlier this month against a Jewish butcher shop in this southern French town. 

Adil El Hajouia, 20, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, with 11 of them suspended, and was ordered to pay a symbolic franc to the owner of the shop Pierre Abecassis. 

Hajouia, an apprentice at a nearby Islamic butcher's, said he and two accomplices threw petrol bombs against the kosher store on October 15 in a sign of solidarity with their "martyred Palestinian brothers". 

The two other defendants aged 16 and 17 were to be tried in a juvenile court. 

The attack on the butcher shop was one of a series of fire-bombings on Jewish-owned buildings that were sparked off by Israel's crackdown on protests in the Palestinian territories -- TOULON (AFP)  

 

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