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Jewish Teacher Stabbed By ISIS Supporters in France

A teacher in a Jewish school in Marseille, France was attacked and stabbed by three assailants, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Marseilles prosecutor Brice Robin told Reuters that three people, one of them wearing an ISIS t-shirt, approached the teacher in the street before attacking him. Another of the assailants showed a picture on his cellphone of Mohamed Merah, a French-born terrorist who killed a teacher and three students at a Jewish school in Toulose in 2012. “The three people insulted, threatened and then stabbed their victim in the arm and leg. They were interrupted by the arrival of a car and fled,” Robin said.

Sky News reported that the attackers claimed to be ISIS supporters.

ISIS took credit for the deadly terror attacks in Paris Friday night that claimed 129 lives. One of the venues targeted by the terrorists was the Bataclan theater, which had been owned by Jews and had previously been threatened for holding events that were tied to Judaism and Israel.

Reuters also reported that terrorists who were involved in a shootout with Paris police had been planning a terror attack on the city’s business district on Thursday.

Earlier this year, a terrorist killed four hostages in a kosher supermarket in Paris.

In Europe’s Wave of Anti-Semitism Can Be Stopped. Here’s How, which was published in the March 2015 issue of The Tower Magazine, editor Benjamin Kerstein analyzed the increasing number of attacks on European Jews and proposed a number of measures in how to combat the phenomenon, including advocacy “in the media and cultural realm.”

In the media and cultural realm, advocacy against the Pogrom and its accomplices should concentrate on urging the press to give more coverage to the problem, and to expose and ostracize pogromists, as well as their defenders and apologists. Advocacy can also go a long way toward seizing the moral high ground and shifting perceptions, demanding that things be called what they are: This wave of anti-Semitism is not a series of isolated incidents; authorities are not doing enough to stop it; the Arab-Israeli conflict is neither relevant to nor an excuse for those who engage in racist violence; campus organizations that use intimidation and incitement against their opponents are hate groups; anti-Israel demonstrations that devolve into anti-Jewish hate speech and violence are not demonstrations but pogroms; the phenomenon of mass emigration is not an exodus but an expulsion; and the world is morally culpable for its inaction.

In addition, an effort must be made to understand that the struggle against the Pogrom is not just a Jewish struggle. Although it is sometimes hard to find them, the Jews do have allies, such as the aforementioned Manuel Valls. It is necessary, even imperative, to include them as part of any anti-Pogrom organization. The Jews have some power, but if only by sheer numbers, non-Jews have much more. The Jews often have few friends, and should never turn away from those willing to make a stand against anti-Semitism and the Global Pogrom to which it has given birth.

[Photo: Sky News ]