... as Jews are stabbed in north, south

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

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”.

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