The Muslim teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher in the heavily Muslim-populated city of Marseille today, is a Turkish Muslim citizen of Kurdish origin who said he acted in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS), the prosecutor in the southern French city of Marseille said.
Forward(h/t Maria J)The victim used a Torah book as a shield, according to one news website, which carried a photo of the blood-stained book. Its leather binding showed a deep cut.
“He claimed to have acted in the name of Allah and the Islamic State, repeating several times to have done on behalf of ISIS (Islamic State),” the prosecutor, Brice Robin, told a news conference.
The 15 year-old, who was armed with a machete and a knife, wounded the teacher in his back and in one of his arms before being stopped and arrested. The attack on the victim, who was wearing a kippah, occurred in daylight in front of a municipal building in the 9th district of Marseille, a police source told AFP.
According to the French Jewish news website alyaexpress-news.com, the victim is in his thirties. Identified as Benjamin Amsalem, he was on his way to the Dvar Avraham synagogue when the attack happened, according to that website.
Witnesses said the alleged assailant shouted “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “Allah is the greatest,” before the attack, the report said. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve earlier called the attack a “brutal anti-semitic aggression.”