New York, NY, November 18, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed alarm at the stabbing of a Jewish man in Marseilles, France earlier today, an act which the authorities are describing as having been motivated by anti-Semitism and perhaps inspired by the recent terrorist ISIS attacks in Paris.
French police reported that three men approached on two motorcycles, asked the man if he was Jewish, and proceeded to stab him while shouting anti-Semitic slurs. One man wore a t-shirt with ISIS symbols, and another showed the victim a photo of Mohamed Merah on his cell phone. Merah, who claimed affiliation with al-Qaeda, murdered three Jewish children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012.
“Anti-Semitism is a core tenet of Islamic extremist ideology, so attacks on Jews by ISIS sympathizers should come as no surprise,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “Attacks on French Jews have been paired with attacks on France as a whole several times. Merah killed French soldiers and then attacked a Jewish school. In January, Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher were attacked. Following Friday’s horrific attacks in Paris by ISIS, the French Jewish community has been on high alert, and we are alarmed and saddened by this stabbing.”
ADL has documented calls by ISIS encouraging and inciting violence against Jews in Israel. ADL’s report Anti-Semitism: A Pillar of Islamic Extremist Ideology examines the centrality of anti-Jewish hatred to ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups.