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Marseille Jewish Leader: Avoid Wearing Kippah Due to Terror Threats

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A kippah. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. – The head of the Jewish community in the southern French city of Marseille has urged local Jews to avoid wearing a kippah in public, a day after an attack on a Jewish teacher by an Islamic State-inspired Muslim.

“Not wearing the kippah can save lives and nothing is more important,” Zvi Ammar told the La Provence daily newspaper. “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.”

On Monday, a 15-year-old Turkish Kurd attacked a Jewish teacher—Benjamin Amsellem, who was wearing a kippah—with a machete. Amsellem sustained injuries to his shoulder and hand.

French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia, argued against the advice by Ammar.

“We should not give in to anything, we will continue to wear the kippah,” he said.

France, which is home to Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities, has been under a state of emergency since Islamic State terrorists murdered 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13.

Marseille is home to about 80,000 Jews, the third-largest urban population of Jews in Europe after Paris and London.

The French Jewish community on Sunday marked the first anniversary of the Islamist terror attack at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris. Four Jews were killed in that attack.

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  • Jonah

    I thought Islam was a peaceful religion with a very few acceptions. This is what Obama has lead the Americans to believe…with a little help from his friends, the liberal press. It appears in France in order to avoid these peaceful individuals you may have to avoid going to the grocery store, avoid going to work, avoid going out of your house and eating at a restaurant would be out of the question. Oh you can stay safely in your house until rocks are thrown threw the Windows or it is burnt down. Why is it most all jihadists want to kill Jews and most of the Christians they find on the road as they look for Jews. Scripture says that Islam with the help of the liberal press will believe if they kill a Jew they will be carrying out gods will. What God? The moon God of Islam?…..Its followers, the moonbats, must rid the world of light bearers. And who better to lead the pack….Dark Vader. He is on a role, heads are rolling and most of the world is fighting with each other….those who separate themselves from darkness will have peace but they will be forced to defend it from….Dark Vader. He is soon coming to a theater of war near you!! In the name of peace, on a white horse, disguised as an angel of light…with U.N Mandates. His mantra, I come in the name of peace, which means if you see a Jew behind a rock, kill him, if you see one behind a tree kill him. He speaks with the language of a forked tounge, it’s like pig Latin but much more dangerous.