Rabbi, 2 worshippers stabbed outside French synagogue


(JTA) — A rabbi and two of his congregants were stabbed outside a synagogue in Marseilles, France.

One of the victims in the Saturday-morning attack was stabbed several times in the abdomen and is in serious but not life-threatening condition, the French daily Le Figaro reported.

Police arrested the assailant, who shouted anti-Semitic epithets at the victims and reportedly was drunk at the time of the attack. According to Le Figaro, the assailant is known to local police and is considered mentally unstable.

Marseilles, in southern France, has some 80,000 Jews, making it the second largest Jewish community in the country. Jews make up about 10 percent of the population in the port city, which has about 250,000 Muslims.

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