Marseilles Jewish leader urges community to avoid wearing kippa after attack

"Not wearing the kippa can save lives and nothing is more important," Marseilles Jewish community leader Zvi Ammar said.

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January 12, 2016 19:42
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A man wears a kippa. . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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PARIS- Jews in Marseille should avoid wearing the kippa in the streets, the head of the Jewish community in the southern French city said on Tuesday, a day after a teenager attacked and slightly injured a teacher there who wore the traditional brimless cap.

The teenager, a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who was armed with a machete and a knife, said he had acted in the name of the militant Islamic State group, French prosecutors said.

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"Not wearing the kippa can save lives and nothing is more important," Zvi Ammar told La Provence daily. "It really hurts to reach that point but I don't want anyone to die in Marseille because they have a kippa on their head."

France, home to both the largest Jewish and Muslim populations in Europe, has been under a state of emergency since Islamist militants killed 130 people in coordinated attacks in Paris on Nov. 13.

In other attacks claimed by the Islamic State, militants last January targeted a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

Ammar said Marseille had the third largest Jewish community in France, adding: "On Saturday, for the first time in my life, I will not be wearing the kippa to the synagogue."

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