Shalom Life | September 16, 2014

Man Armed with Rifle Arrested After Making Threats at French Jewish School

Intoxicated man, who lives nearby, yells "I will kill all of you"

By: Daniel Koren

Published: September 15th, 2014 in News » World

Man Armed with Rifle Arrested After Making Threats at French Jewish School

Photo Caption: Aerial view of Marseille, France


A 48-year-old man who has yet to been named was arrested late last week after arriving at a Jewish school in Marseille, France, armed with a hunting rifle, and threatening to murder all of the students.

The man, who was reportedly extremely intoxicated, approached the Gan Ami school and yelled "I will kill all of you," according to police sources.

He was arrested shortly after.

According to the JTA, the man lives next door to the school and was annoyed that a truck was parked outside the school, consequently slowing traffic and forcing many French drivers to honk their horns, which apparently irritated the drunk man.

He then stumbled towards the school just as parents were arriving to pick up their children.

The incident took place at approximately 1pm on September 10th, and comes on the heels of growing anti-Semitism in France, home to the largest Muslim and Jewish communities in Western Europe.

In addition to a near-pogrom during Operation Protective Edge, where French Jews were trapped inside a synagogue as protesters prepared to attack, the country's anti-Semitic incidents have catapulted in 2014.

Coincidentally, French aliyah to Israel has also significantly increased.

Security forces at the school have remained heightened since 2012, when an Islamist murdered three children at a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

Earlier this year, thousands of French protesters stormed the streets of Paris yelling "Jews, out of France!"

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