Last week, after shooting up a bus filled with tourists near the pyramids in Egypt, ISIS issued a call to all of its follower to seek out and kill Jews.Unfortunately, a 15-year-old in France took them up on the challenge.
On Monday, a thirty-year-old Jewish teacher was on his way to the Dvar Abraham synagogue in the southern French city of Marseilles when he was attacked with a machete and knife.Shturem.org reports, “The attacker arrived at the synagogue’s entrance by motorcycle with two other riders, who identified themselves as members of ISIS. They showed the teacher, Binyamin Amsalem, a photo of Mohamed Marah, the Muslim terrorist who carried out the bloodbath at the Jewish school in Marseilles three years ago.
The terrorist attacked Amsalem with a butcher’s knife, wounding his hand and foot. Amsalem managed to fight him off after a struggle.”
According to Forward.com, Amsalem used a Torah book as a shield. A photo of the blood-stained book showed its leather binding with a deep cut.The attacker threw his knife down and fled. He was shortly after arrested.
A prosecutor says the attacker is a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who said he acted in the name of the militant Islamist group Islamic State
Amsalem said, “He wanted to slaughter me; I struggled with him and fought him off.Thank God he did.
France has the highest Jewish and Muslim populations in Europe, but as The Atlantic reported last year, “France’s 475,000 Jews represent less than 1 percent of the country’s population. Yet last year, according to the French Interior Ministry, 51 percent of all racist attacks targeted Jews. The statistics in other countries, including Great Britain, are similarly dismal. In 2014, Jews in Europe were murdered, raped, beaten, stalked, chased, harassed, spat on, and insulted for being Jewish. Sale Juif—“dirty Jew”—rang in the streets, as did “Death to the Jews,” and “Jews to the gas.” Violence against Jews in Western Europe today, according to those who track it, appears to come mainly from Muslims, who in France, the epicenter of Europe’s Jewish crisis, outnumber Jews 10 to 1.”
This problem is not going away soon…[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]