Marseilles Jews Urged Not to Wear Kippos in Street Following Attack

A French soldier secures the access to a Jewish school in Marseille after Monday's attack. (Reuters)
A French soldier secures the access to a Jewish school in Marseilles after Monday’s attack. (Reuters)

The president of the Consistoire Israelite (Jewish representative council) in Marseilles, Mr. Zvi Ammar, has urged Jews in the southern French town to “remove their kippos in this difficult time, until better days,” in the wake of Monday’s machete attack on a Jewish teacher.

“Today, due to the seriousness of the situation…we must take unusual decisions, and for me, life is more sacred than any other criterion,” Mr. Ammar told AFP.

The perpetrator of the attack, a 15-year-old youth, claimed to have been acting “in the name of All-ah” and of Islamic State.