(JNS.org) Two young Jews were attacked in France this week, one in Marseille and one in the same Toulouse school where a gunman killed a rabbi and three Jewish children in March 2012.
On Feb. 4, a young man wearing a Star of David pendant was assaulted outside Marseille’s main railway station, Gare Saint-Charles. A group of men approached him on a scooter, shouted anti-Semitic slurs at him, hit him, stole his MP3 player and 100 euros, tore the pendant off his neck, and drove away.
Meanwhile, on Feb. 6 at the entrance to the Ohr Torah school in Toulouse, which was renamed from Otzar Hatorah after the shooting last year, a student left the school wearing a kippa and was approached by a woman brandishing a knife. School guards immediately arrested the woman, and she was later sent to psychiatric detention. She did not reveal a motive for trying to attack the student.
Since the March shooting at the Toulouse school, anti-Semitic incidents in France have increased by 45 percent, reported SPCJ, the security service of the French Jewish community. Eugene Caselli, the president of the Urban Community of Marseille Provence Métropole, expressed his “profound indignation and rage at this unacceptable act of racist violence,” according to the Jerusalem Post.