Anti-Semitic terror attack or a madman’s deranged actions? A man stabbed a Jewish teacher in Marseilles, France.
A man stabbed and wounded a Jewish teacher near a synagogue in Marseilles, France, on Monday morning in an attack the Jewish community fears was fueled by anti-Semitism.
The victim, Benyamin Amsalem, was lightly injured and taken to a hospital.
According to reports, the terrorist, wielding a machete, attacked Amsalem and wounded him in the hand as Amsalem fought him off and attempted to escape.
The attacker reportedly yelled “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” a phrase often shouted by Muslim terrorists while carrying out attacks.
Amsalem, who is visibly Jewish with a beard and kippa (religious head covering), is a teacher at the Louie Pasteur Jewish school.
The assailant, 16, was caught and arrested. There are reports he may be suffering from mental illness, but the local community fears this was an anti-Semitic attack.
Local police have launched an investigation into the incident.
France has experienced several Islamic terror attacks over the past year, while the Jewish community in France has been the target of some of these attacks.
In November, A visibly orthodox Jewish man was stabbed in Marseilles by three Islamic State (ISIS) supporters. He sustained wounds, which he has subsequently recovered from.
The most notable attack on the French Jewish community occurred last January when an Islamic terrorist entered a kosher market in Paris and murdered four Jews.
The wave of Islamic terror in France and the mounting menace of anti-Semitism have driven French Aliyah (immigration) to Israel to a record high.