French Stabbing Victim Used Torah to Defend Himself
Binyamin Amsalem was attacked by a teenager outside a Marseilles synagogue on Monday and injured in the shoulder and hand.
A Jewish teacher stabbed by a 15-year-old in the southern French city of Marseilles on Monday believes the teen, an ethnic Kurd, wanted to decapitate him, his lawyer said Tuesday.
The teenager, who told police he was acting in the name of Islamic State (ISIS), stabbed 35-year-old Binyamin Amsalem in the shoulder and hand in the attack, which took place in broad daylight.
The teacher’s lawyer, Fabrice Labi, said his client had told him: “I had the feeling he wanted to decapitate me.”
Marseilles prosecutor Brice Robin said the weapon was blunt, which helped limit the damage. The teacher was released from hospital on Monday night.
“I told him to stop hitting me but he kept going and I didn’t think I would get out alive,” the teacher told La Provence newspaper, adding he had seen “hatred…in the eyes of the attacker.”
The teacher was wearing a skull cap and used his Torah as a shield to fend off the assailant.
“Honestly, I don’t know how I will get over this terrible attack,” said the teacher, adding he would have to think about no longer wearing
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