Teen Arrested After Waving Knife In Front Of French Jewish School

French police arrested a teenager brandishing a large knife in front of a Jewish high school on the outskirts of Lyon while shouting anti-Semitic slogans.

The incident took place on Thursday outside Lyon’s College / Lycee Juive in Villeurbanne, a suburb of the eastern city, news site Actu17 reported on Friday. He also threw marbles at the students at the school and called them “dirty Jews” while waving the knife, a machete with a 2-foot-long blade, according to the report, which noted that the boy had no police record.

The incident comes as French Jews and French schools are on high alert after a series of deadly incidents. Last year, a high school teacher who had been criticized for showing his students cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad was killed outside his school, allegedly by a teenager who had become radicalized online.

Meanwhile, Jewish leaders in France see the 2012 murder of three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse as the beginning of a wave of anti-Semitic attacks by Islamic jihadists that have killed at least 12 Jews and more than 200 since then.

Police are investigating whether the teenager arrested in Lyon or his family has any link to terrorism, according to the Actu17 report.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin speaks at a conference on anti-Semitism in Krakow, Poland, on November 8, 2021 (credit: EJA).

The Villeurbanne incident shows that “the need for anti-Semitism education must start early. For this child, it was too late, ”said Rabbi Menachem Margolin, president of the European Jewish Association, who spoke about the incident at a conference on anti-Semitism on Monday in Krakow, Poland.

The EJA Delegation conference at Auschwitz was to commemorate the Kristallnacht pogroms of 1938 in Germany and Austria, which many historians see as the shooting of the Holocaust. Some 160 people attended, including European lawmakers and Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi, David Lau.

“The fact that something like this is happening in 2021 in France means that Europe is failing miserably in preventing the re-emergence of violent anti-Semitism,” he said.


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