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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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Taliban Holds Parade for 250 Newly Trained Soldiers with American-Made Weapons Left Behind

As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

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On Sunday, Taliban forces held a very bone-chilling parade showing off their captured American-made armored military vehicles and Russian helicopters. The act was “a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army” writes CNN.

The Taliban are no longer terror insurgents fighting against American forces that had once freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

The parade was part of a graduation for 250 newly trained Taliban soldiers, said defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi. CNN reports, “The exercise involved dozens of US-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.”

Tragically, much of the weaponry taunted in the parade by Taliban forces were supplied by the United States to the American-backed government in Kabul during the past two decades. The equipment was to aid an Afghan national force and make it capable of fighting the Taliban.

As forces fled Afghanistan, some of the military equipment provided by western forces was flown into Central Asian Countries in an attempt to avoid it landing in the hands of the Taliban. It remains unclear exactly how much of what did end up in Taliban control is still operational.

American troops destroyed over 70 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles, as well as disabled air defenses before flying out of Kabul during the frenetic evacuation. CNN reports “Taliban officials have said that pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which has also started wearing conventional military uniforms in place of the traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.”

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