Only three years ago, the Jews of Marseille were able to congregate without security and in relative safety in their synagogues and community centers. While violence by Muslim extremists rose throughout France, it largely spared the southern port city, where 80,000 Jews and 250,000 Muslims live.
Representatives of the Jewish community of Marseille issued conflicting statements on whether Jews should hide their kippah in the southern French city following a spate of anti-Semitic stabbings.
A man who stabbed a Jew and assaulted two other Jews in Marseille was sentenced to four years is prison.
After arresting a suspect in the Brussels Jewish museum rampage, French police have arrested four people suspected of recruiting would-be jihadist fighters.
Marseille’s chief rabbi has denied allegations that his employees tried to extort illicit funds from a bereaved family.
Rough-and-tumble Marseille has so far avoided the rash of anti-Semitic attacks that has struck the rest of France. Is dialogue the reason or are the city’s Jews just tougher?