Jewish community in Marseille cautions against wearing yarmulkes

The Jewish community in the southern French city of Marseille on Tuesday has advised its members against wearing yarmulkes in reaction to a recent attack on a Jewish teacher.

On Monday, a Jewish teacher wearing a traditional skullcap was attacked and injured by a 15-year-old boy armed with a machete.

In view of the seriousness of the incidents extraordinary decisions have to be made, Zvi Ammar, the president of the Israelite Consistory of Marseille, told the AFP news agency.

"Life is much more sacred that any other criteria," he said justifying the measure, adding that the wearing of yarmulkes would have to wait for "better times."

A boy who attacked the schoolteacher claimed he did it in the name of the Islamic State militant group.

French prosecutor Brice Robin on Monday said the attack appeared to be a pre-meditated act of anti-Semitic aggression, stating that the teacher was targeted because of his religious appearance.

Last update: Tue, 12/01/2016 - 19:22
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