By Azania Post Reporter
THE leader of Siona group in France identified as Pinto and his family has been taken into hostage in their suburban Paris home.
Before taken into hostage, they were beaten and robbed of jewellery ,casha and credit card, their lawyer said.
Already, French police have launched a manhunt to nab all people involved in the hostage, in what is seen as anti semitic attack
"You're Jews, so where's the money?" one of the gang said in the attack on Thursday night, quoted by the lawyer.
The suburb, Seine-Saint-Denis, has seen previous anti-Semitic attacks.
Pinto is the leader of a group called Siona, which stands for "the defence of the Jewish people and the state of Israel".
Three assailants broke into the detached house, in an area called Livry-Gargan, then cut the electricity supply and took Pinto’s son hostage.
Then they allegedly hit and tied up Pinto and his wife, holding them hostage for several hours before Mrs Pinto managed to call the police.
On Sunday France's Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said "the motivation for this cowardly act appears to be directly linked to their religion".
The representative council for French Jewish organisations, Crif, condemned "this very violent anti-Semitic attack".
Meanwhile, the head of France's Israelite Central Consistory, Joel Mergui, said "Roger Pinto was a victim of anti-Semitic prejudice in the banlieues