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French Jews urged to hide their identity ‘until better days’ in wake of anti-Semitic attacks


Some Jewish leaders are asking French Jews to leave their skullcaps at home after a string of violent anti-Semitic attacks in recent months.

Parents in the southern city of Marseille, where a Jewish teacher was attacked by a Kurdish teen “in the name of Allah” on Monday, have begun urging their sons to wear a baseball cap instead of the traditional Jewish head covering, Agence France-Presse reported.

Jewish men often wear a skullcap, known in Hebrew as a kippah or in Yiddish as a yarmulke, as an outward sign of their religion.

The head of Marseille’s Israelite Consistory on Tuesday called on Jewish men and boys to stop wearing the kippah “until better better days,” saying the “exceptional measure” was necessary to protect Jewish lives.

“Life is more sacred than anything else. We are now forced to hide a little bit,” Zvi Ammar told AFP.

He admitted that even contemplating the move made him “sick to his stomach.”

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