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A terrorist hurled a knife in an attack on Jews next to a synagogue in the ninth arrondissement district of Marseille.

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.

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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.

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.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

8 COMMENTS

  1. In truth, however, much as we might wish for such a cleansing, I'm afraid it's not the kind of cleanup the French have ever been able to manage – especially with its Jewish population that dates back to antiquity. It always seems to be the French cleansing themselves of its Jews (or did I misundstand the stated purpose of the Vichy government and its various descendants – Charles deGaulle notwitstanding).

  2. Liberal and left wing anti-Israel rhetoric feeds into the popular demonization of Jews. Allegations that Israelis rejoice in the death of Arab children or seek the genocide of Palestinians feed anti-semitic sentiments and encourage radical Muslim youth to attack Jews both in Israel and abroad. Jews, unfortunately, will often join in the criticism of Israel, lending legitimacy to those who characterize the Jewish state as a scofflaw nation bullying hapless innocents.

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