The head of Marseille’s Israelite Consistory is urging Jewish men to forego wearing skullcaps (kippot) after a particularly vicious anti-Semitic attack on a school teacher, saying the measure was needed to protect Jewish lives.
Zvi Ammar, the head of Marseille’s Israelite Consistory, told the AFP, “Life is more sacred than anything else. We are now forced to hide a little bit.”
Ammar added that even contemplating the move made him “sick to his stomach.” The request to refrain from wearing skullcaps comes one day aftera 15-year-old Kurdish teen wielding a machete attacked a 35-year-old Marseille teacher, Benjamin Amsellem luckily ended up with only an injured shoulder and hand. Amsellem was wearing a skullcap. The would-be assassin claimed he was acting in the name of ISIS.