... as Jews are stabbed in north, south
THERE WERE two knife attacks on Jews in France this week — one fatal, the other resulting in a light injury.
On Tuesday, the body of a French Jewish local politician from Creteil, near Paris, was found riddled with stab wounds in his apartment.
According to local press reports, Alain Ghozland, 73, was believed to have been murdered, but police so far have no leads in the probe into his death.
Meanwhile, in Marseille on Monday, a teenager wielding a machete attacked Binyamin Amsalem on his way to his synagogue for morning prayers. The 35-year-old teacher sustained wounds to his back and one hand.
“We know that it is a clearly antisemitic act, a serious act committed a few dozen metres from a Jewish school”, a police spokesman said.
Mr Amsalem’s lawyer told reporters that he had a feeling that the boy wanted to decapitate him.
A suspect was apprehended by police 10 minutes after the attack.
The Marseille attack prompted local Jewish authorities to recommend that kippot should not be worn in public.
However, Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia urged Jews across France to continue wearing their yarmulkes and form a “united front”.