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French Jewish Leaders Debate: Should Marseille Jews Wear A Kippah?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

French Jewish men in the southern city of Marseille are being urged by some community leaders not to wear their yarmulkes in the wake of a terror attack on a Jewish teacher there Monday.

Tzvi Amar, head of the Marseille Israeli Consistoire, told the daily La Provence, “Not wearing the kippah can save lives and nothing is more important. It really hurts to reach that point but I don’t want anyone to die in Marseille because they have a kippah on their head.”

Amar acknowledged that many Jews would not agree with his views, but said he felt “exceptional measures are required “until better days.”

But French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia has firmly countermanded that advice and is urging the Marseille’s Jews — and in fact, those of the entire country — to continue wearing yarmulkas in public.

“We should not give in to anything, we will continue to wear the kippah,” the chief rabbi told the Jews of France.

Likewise, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, general director of the European Jewish Association (EJA) urged French Jews on Tuesday to “remember the words of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.”

In his former position as Interior Minister, Valls had said in response to calls from the far right to ban the kippah in deference to the country’s secular nature: “Every religious has its rites and traditions; the freedom of belief, it’s the freedom to wear a kippah, to eat kosher and to practice religious circumcision… secularism wasn’t created as a weapon against others. The Jews of France can wear with pride their kippah – it’s the responsibility of politicians not to respond to such provocations.”

Margolin reminded, “We now look to the French authorities to consolidate their important commitment with demonstrable actions to safeguard the right of French Jews to wear their identity with pride.”

The attorney for Binyamin Amsalem, stabbed Monday by the machete-wielding teenager in Marseille, had grim words for reporters. “I had the feeling [he] wanted to decapitate me,” Fabrice Labi said his client told him.

Amsalem fought off his attacker with his arms and legs, and a copy of the chumash (Torah) that he was carrying. The terrorist had stabbed Amsalem from behind in the back of the shoulder, and on the hand during the fight.

The 16-year-old teen terrorist later told investigators once he was in custody that when he is released, he intends to arm himself and go out to kill police. He claimed to be “acting for Da’esh” (ISIS).”

Monday’s attack was followed by a second attack on a French Jew, this one in the heavily Jewish Paris suburb of Créteil, about seven miles from the French capital.

The body of 73-year-old Alain Ghozland, a city councilor originally from Algeria, was found Tuesday morning in his apartment, beaten and riddled with stab wounds.

Ghozland’s brother called police when he did not show up for regular shacharit morning prayers at their synagogue. Police said that so far they have no leads in the case.

Hana Levi Julian

Teen Stabbed Jewish Teacher in France ‘For ISIS’

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

The teen terrorist who stabbed a Jewish teacher in France Monday told police he was “acting for ‘Da’esh’ (ISIS),” French prosecutor Brice Robin told international news reporters.

The attacker, who turns 16 next week, was an ethnic Kurd from Turkey who appeared not to be aware that Da’esh is no friend to the Kurds in Turkey and Syria. The two sides are fierce enemies and constantly fight deadly battles.

The suspect “has the profile of someone who was radicalized on the Internet,” said Robin at an afternoon news briefing. He is charged with “attempted murder on grounds of religion” and “defense of terrorism.” The teen terrorist stabbed the 35-year-old teacher outside a synagogue in the southern French city of Marseille as he was heading to work at the nearby Franco-Hebraic Institute.

The attack took place in the ninth arrondissement district, a well-known neighborhood that is highly populated with hareidi Jews.

The victim was stabbed with a machete in the shoulder from behind, and then chased by his attacker until apparently both of them fell. The teacher fought off the terrorist, using his arms and legs in addition to the religious text he was carrying, but was stabbed in the hand.

The attacker then fled. He was caught by the neighborhood Anti-Crime Brigade about ten minutes later.

“It seemed clear he does not have a full grasp of the fundamentals of Islam,” Robin told journalists at an afternoon news conference. He clearly understood the goals of Da’esh, however: the young terrorist-in-training told investigators that he would arm himself and kill police as soon as he is released.

Robin added that the young terrorist’s family was unaware of their son’s radicalization and believed he was a “good student.”

As for his attack on a Jewish teacher, however, Robin acknowledged, “It appears there was a form of premeditation,” with intent to kill his victim due to his faith.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was far more blunt, and addressed the obvious anti-Semitism with considerable vigor. In a tweet posted to the Twitter social network, Valls wrote: “The anti-Semitic aggression against a teacher in Marseille is revolting.”

French President Francois Hollande said authorities will fight “with the greatest firmness against anti-Semitism and racism.” He called the attack “unspeakable and unjustifiable.”

Hana Levi Julian

Update: Terror Attack in France Next to Marseille Synagogue

Monday, January 11th, 2016

A 16-year-old terrorist in France attempted to stab a Jewish man wearing a yarmulka Monday morning outside a Marseille synagogue, in the city’s ninth arrondissement district.

The victim sustained wounds to his back and hand, according to French television station BFMTV.

The machete used by the teenage terrorist ultimately ended up on the ground as the young attacker tried to flee the scene. He was arrested about ten minutes later by the Anti-Crime Brigade, BFMTV reported.

Marseille synagogue machete

The attack took place in a neighborhood which is highly populated with Jews. French police have thrown a dragnet around the area, which has been entirely shut down.

In November 2015, three attackers believed to be linked to the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization stabbed a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Marseille in the face. At around 8pm local time, Rabbi Tzion Sa’adoun, 56, was attacked outside his home, a short distance from the synagogue and school where he teaches Judaic studies.

According to fellow emissary and Rabbi Eliyahu Altab, who spoke with Chabad.org, “Right outside his home he was ambushed by three people. He was stabbed on his face, body, arms and legs. A car drove by and the attackers got scared and fled.”

One of the attackers demanded the victim look at the tee shirt he was wearing – one emblazoned with the symbol of Da’esh – and then pulled out his knife and stabbed him. All three yelled anti-Semitic epithets. The attack had been the second such incident within weeks.

For the second year in a row, the highest number of immigrants to the Jewish State have come from France, with 7,900 French Jews choosing to make Israel their home last year. In 2014, 7,200 French Jews moved away from their fears in France, to Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Teacher Stabbed in Marseille by ISIS Supporters

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

A Jewish history teacher at a Jewish school in Marseille, France, was stabbed by a gang who shouted support for ISIS and anti-Semitic obscenities, on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The attack on the teacher took place around 8:00 p.m., local time.

Local police are searching for the three terrorists. Reports claim that the three men approached the teacher, asked him if he was Jewish, then stabbed him in the arm and leg.

The three were interrupted in their attack by the arrival of a car, Marseille public prosecutor Brice Robin told Reuters.

Robins told Reuters that three people on two scooters, one of them wearing an Islamic State t-shirt, approached the teacher in the street.

“Another showed a picture on his mobile telephone of Mohamed Merah, a homegrown Islamist militant who killed seven people in a series of attacks in southern France in 2012.

The victim’s life is not in danger.

This attack comes less than a week after the ISIS assault on Paris which claimed the lives of more than a hundred people and injured hundreds in three coordinated attacks on Nov. 13.

In October, a Rabbi and two congregants were attacked outside a synagogue in Marseille.

Marseille, France’s second largest city, is located on the nation’s southwestern coast.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

French Soldiers Face Disciplinary Action for Anti-Semitic Photo

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Two French soldiers who posed in front of a Paris synagogue a few weeks ago while making an anti-Semitic gesture will be sanctioned by the French army.

The soldiers of the Alpine Hunters elite unit currently are the subject of an investigation, the French military’s spokesperson, Bruno Louisfert, told radio station RTL France Tuesday. He said they will be punished for the act.

Louisfert said that they posed for the photograph in front of the entrance door to the Beth David synagogue with their left hand placed on their right shoulder and their right hand extended over their right thigh.

Dubbed the “quenelle,” the gesture is the brainchild of the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne, who invented several anti-Semitic words and gestures seen to be too vague to violate France’s law forbidding hate speech and Holocaust denial. The quenelle is thought to echo the Nazi salute.

In an unrelated incident, unidentified vandals caused serious damage to a Jewish school in Marseille in southern France on Tuesday. The same Chabad-affiliated elementary school, Haya Moushka, was targeted in a similar incident three years ago.

Tuesday’s attack left many shattered windows. The school’s toilets also were smashed, along with heating radiators.

JTA

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