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Paris man rescues Jewish teen from stabbing threat

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(JTA) — A passer-by stopped a schoolboy from stabbing a Jewish classmate in Paris.

The attempted stabbing on Sept. 24 in Paris’ 16th arrondissement ended without serious injury thanks to the intervention of a man who was riding his scooter when he noticed a fight, SPCJ, the security service of France’s Jewish community, reported Thursday.

The attacker hurled anti-Semitic insults at the boy, including “dirty Jew,” and threatened to kill the 16-year-old while brandishing a knife. He also punched the Jewish boy, SPCJ reported.

The passer-by helped the Jewish boy, identified only as A., fend off his attacker and took the boy on his scooter to police, who later arrested the suspected attacker. The report did not name any of the people involved.

According to the report, the violence started after the attacker demanded the victim give him his wallet during class at school.

The Jewish boy refused and the attacker followed him out of school accompanied by three friends, who helped the attacker corner the Jewish boy.

The attacker’s friends also prevented him from stabbing the Jewish boy by restraining him, but he broke loose of their hold and picked up the knife again before the passer-by intervened.

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