(JTA) – Two French Jewish brothers were attacked while on their way to synagogue.
The brothers, aged 18 and 21 from the Paris suburb of Creteil, were attacked from behind, May 26, by two men on bicycles, according to a statement from the French Jewish organization SPCJ. The attackers, men in their 20s, wore brass knuckles and hit the brothers in the face. The attackers fled after the brothers defended themselves.
A passing car stopped to pick up the men and drove them to the hospital. According to SPCJ, the victims’ faces are “heavily injured” and will need surgery, but the brothers are expected to recover.
The attack comes one day after four people were killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum of Brussels. Police are still searching for the gunman and any accomplices.