French authorities have arrested and indicted two Muslim girls -- ages 15 and 17 -- for plotting a suicide bombing in the Great Synagogue of Lyon, the Jewish Press website reports today (September 1, 2014).
The girls contacted each other through social media and are among 60 people under investigation in France for association with radical Islamists -- especially the Islamic State (IS) -- where thousands of Europeans have joined the terrorist group.
The suicide plot in Lyon is part of the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe, where four people were killed earlier this year in an attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels. At least nine French synagogues have come under attack since Israel retaliated against Hamas rocket fire last month.
"Jews in France or Belgium are being killed because they are Jews," Roger Cukierman, president of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions told Newsweek. "Jihadism has become the new Nazism. This makes people consider leaving France."