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French police prevent stabbing attack at Jewish school, kosher store

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A man attempted an attack on a Jewish school in Marseille, France on Friday morning, The Jerusalem Post reported.

According to reports, the suspect was seen emerging from a vehicle near Yavne Jewish high school with a knife.

The attacker attempted to enter the school but was turned away by the Yavne School security. He then tried to stab Jewish shoppers at a kosher supermarket in the city, where he was once again prevented from entering.

The suspect was arrested by French police 10 minutes after the attempted attack.

A police spokesperson said no one was hurt in the incident and the man’s motives remain unclear.

French police immediately notified Jewish areas around the city to tighten security following the incident.

A witness told The Associated Press that the area where the attempted attack occurred is a gathering place for people in the local Jewish community.

“When the students get out of school they buy sandwiches here, buy meals for the sabbath, and a lot of parents from the school get their coffee and croissants there and drink it outside… He saw this gathering of people,” the witness told The AP.

Chairman of the Jewish Agency Isaac Herzog said the incident was “a warning bell for the anti-Semitism bubbling under the surface.”

“The attack in Marseille today is a red flag that should alert us to the antisemitism that is happening below the radar, and is simply waiting to break free once the movement restrictions of the pandemic come to an end,” Herzog warned, according to JPost.

“While the coronavirus has silenced the world in many ways, it has not silenced antisemitism, or the resulting danger for Jews,” Herzog said.

The city of Marseille has been a victim to previous antisemitic attacks.

In 2017, two Jewish women were stabbed to death at a train station and a man was attacked in 2016 outside of a synagogue.

Marseille saw several stabbing attacks targeting Jewish men in 2015-2016, in which five were injured, The Times of Israel noted.

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Columbia alumni are also anti-Israel, threaten to withhold $77 million in donations

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2,000 people claiming to be Columbia University alumni have signed a letter pledging to “withhold all financial, programmatic, and academic support” from the institution until it meets the demands of anti-Israel protesters. The result is $77 million in donations is at risk.

National Review reports that the letter, addressed to Columbia president Minouche Shafik and the school’s trustees, expresses support for the protesters who oppose the university’s “continued collaboration with the Israeli government’s ongoing genocidal violence against Palestinians.”

“The movement for Palestinian liberation, on campus and globally, is often led by Jewish people of many nations,” the letter says. “Weaponizing claims about antisemitism to silence student speech is based on faulty logic, harms Jewish students, and distracts from true antisemitism, including the attempts by a craven American right to tokenize, exploit, and appropriate Jewish trauma and resilience.”

There does not appear to be a process to verify that people who sign the letters are, in fact, Columbia alumni. It allows people to sign anonymously.

The letter condemns the “administration’s brutal repression of student speech and assembly,” specifically president Shafik’s decision to call in the New York Police Department Strategic Response Group on protesters. Hundreds of anti-Israel protesters were arrested at Columbia and at the City College of New York on April 30, including some who barricaded themselves inside a campus admissions building.

Signatories of the letter are pledging to withhold donations until the university meets 13 demands, including: that it divests from companies that “fund or profit from Israeli apartheid, genocide, and occupation of Palestine”; calls for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war; removes Shafik as president; bans the NYPD from campus; and drops charges against student activists, reverses disciplinary measures against them, and finances the healthcare for students who were “brutalized” by the police.

The website where the letter is shared claims that the signatories have previously provided over $67 million in financial contributions to Columbia, and that over $77 million in donations are now at risk.

The letter also claims that the university “failed to hold accountable the former Israeli soldiers who carried out a chemical attack on protesting students in January 2024.” That seems to be a reference to an incident involving anti-Israel protesters who told the student-run Columbia Spectator that during a demonstration earlier this year they were sprayed with “skunk,” a chemical developed by the Israeli Defense Forces.

While this letter is from supporters of the anti-Israel protesters, Columbia has also received pushback from opponents who say the school is allowing protesters to break the law, disrupt the educational environment, and harass Jewish students, adds National Review.

On Monday, 13 federal judges sent a letter to Columbia leaders saying they will no longer hire the school’s students as clerks due to their behavior and the school’s mismanagement of anti-Israel protests, writing that “Columbia has disqualified itself from educating the future leaders of our country.”

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a Columbia alumnus, said in April that he would withhold donations from the university due to the anti-Israel protests.

“I am deeply saddened at the virulent hate that continues to grow on campus and throughout our country,” Kraft said in a statement. “I am no longer confident that Columbia can protect its students and staff and I am not comfortable supporting the university until corrective action is taken.”

 

 

 

 

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