Wednesday, January 13, 2016

France: Jews in Marseille urged not to wear skullcaps

Via The Local:
The top Jewish leader in Marseille on Tuesday urged Jews in the southern French port city to refrain from wearing skullcaps "until better days" after a teacher was hurt in a machete attack by a Kurdish teenager.

The president of the Marseille Israelite Consistory, Zvi Ammar, said that it was an "exceptional decision".

"Life is more sacred than anything else. We are now forced to hide a little bit," he told the AFP, adding that the move made him "sick to the stomach".

 But shortly after the country's chief rabbi Haim Korsia, told Jews in France to ignore the call from Ammar and continue wearing the traditional headwear, also called the Kippah.

"We should not give an inch, we should continue wearing the kippah," Korsia said.

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