French police say three young men declaring their support for ISIS — one even wearing an ISIS T-shirt — stabbed a Jewish man in Marseilles today.
Tziyon Saadon, a history and geography teacher at a Jewish school who is in his 50s, was approached on the street this evening by attackers on a pair of scooters. One displayed a picture on his cell phone of Mohamed Merah, who killed three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse during a 2012 string of attacks in which he killed four others.
“The three people insulted, threatened and then stabbed their victim in the arm and leg,” Marseilles prosecutor Brice Robin told Reuters. “They were interrupted by the arrival of a car and fled.”
The teacher’s wounds are said to not be life-threatening.
Arutz Sheva reported this week that groups helping to facilitate French immigration to Israel are expecting a rising wave of aliyah after the Paris ISIS attacks.
About 80 percent of French Jews have considered the move — and “while not all will likely actually take the step, the number signifies a massive shift in consciousness and portends a huge increase in aliyah.”
About half a million Jews currently live in France. Another million have the right to immigrate to Israel through Jewish lineage.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today with French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave, stressing that when Israel says it stands with France “this is not a figurative stance, it’s not just lip service.”
“Even though, our numbers may be occasionally decimated by the barbarians, our countries are strong and we stand. We also stand proud. We’re proud of our values, proud of our societies, proud of our freedoms. And we stand shoulder to shoulder, committed to defend our common civilization,” Netanyahu said.
“It’s difficult for civilized men and women to recognize that our cities, our airways, sometimes our waterways are prowled by beasts that devour the innocent in their way. And the forces of civilization, when they realize the severity of this problem, have no option but to unite very clearly and defeat these beasts.”
Those beasts, the prime minister said, “increasingly have a name – it is radical Islam. That is what is doing the killing, the murder, the rape, the burning, the beheadings.”
“We must stand together and fight together militant Islam,” he added. “The people of Israel grieve with you, the people of Israel stand with you. Now and always.”