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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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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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