Jewish Teacher Stabbed by Three ISIS Supporters in Marseille, Police Say
Three men attacked a Jewish teacher in the southern French city of Marseilles Wednesday night, stabbing him and fleeing while crying out support for ISIS, according to local reports.
The attack, which investigators are calling an antisemitic hate crime, took place around 8:00 pm, according to police prefect Laurent Nunez.
According to reports, the three men approached their victim, asked if he was Jewish, and then began to stab him, hurling obscenities during the act. One of the attackers was wearing a T-shirt with the Islamic State logo, prosecutor Brice Robin told Reuters.
Prosecutors said the man’s life was no longer in danger. Police were combing the area for suspects, according to local reports.
The attack comes amid heightened security in France after last Friday’s deadly attacks by ISIS terrorists in Paris in which 132 people were killed.
A rabbi and two worshipers were stabbed outside a synagogue in Marseilles in October by a mentally unstable man known to police, though the attack coincided with a spate of stabbings of Jews in Israel that has persisted since the Jewish high holidays.
In January, a kosher supermarket was targeted by a terrorist affiliated with ISIS, shortly after the infamous Charlie Hebdo massacre. In 2011, a terrorist targeted the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in the southern French city of Tolouse, killing four people.