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    French Jewish Leader Asks Males to Abandon Skullcap After Attack

    An armed French soldier secures the access to a Jewish school in Marseille's 9th district, France, Jan, 11, 2016, after a teenager, armed with a machete and a knife, wounded a teacher slightly before being stopped and arrested.
    An armed French soldier secures the access to a Jewish school in Marseille's 9th district, France, Jan, 11, 2016, after a teenager, armed with a machete and a knife, wounded a teacher slightly before being stopped and arrested.
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    The leader of the French Jewish community in Marseilles asked men and boys Tuesday to refrain from wearing the traditional skullcap, a day after a teenager attacked a Jewish teacher.

    Zvi Ammar said his call to abandon the kippah "until better days" caused him great pain.

    "As soon as we are identified as Jewish, we can be assaulted and even risk death," Ammar told French media. He said he would rather be criticized for his decision by fellow Jews than "regretting one day if by misfortune something very grave occurs."

    A 15-year-old Turkish Kurd attacked a Jewish teacher with a machete in Marseilles on Monday, cutting his shoulder and hand. The suspect told police he acted in the name of the Islamic State.

    It was the third such attack on Jews in France in recent months, and it came as the country remembered the victims of last year's terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and siege of a kosher supermarket in Paris, in which 17 people died.

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    by: Stephen Farrow from: Washington DC
    January 13, 2016 12:56 AM
    Why we, Christians, and Islamic people unquestioningly hate Jews so much?. Is both bible and Koran prescribe us to have resentment towards Jewish people?
    Please anybody out there can give us answers!
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    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    January 14, 2016 3:06 AM
    Christianity and Islam explicitly condone hatred towards another group of people who don't look like them or disagree with them. Christians colonized Africa, brutalized and savagely enslaved black people in the name of God. Few days back,in ISIS territory a young man stripped naked his own mother in public and shot her dead while thousand onlookers cheered him. The mother was killed not because she brought sham to the family, she was killed simply she could not agree with Islamic principles practiced by ISIS. There's no rationality or reasoning in any religion, so sorry to say that Christians and Muslims live on bogus revelations!
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    by: Mark from: Virginia
    January 13, 2016 6:21 PM
    It is easy to hate that which is not understood. It is the inherent flaw in the Human design. In the absence of knowledge, fear grows, which turns to hatred, and then to violence.
    If people would attempt to learn something of another's views and ideology (and such knowledge is not betrayal of faith or nationality, it is just knowledge), then much of the fear and hatred would subside, but that would mean making an effort which leads to another Human flaw, stubbornness and laziness. Therefore, I return to my original statement; it is easy to hate that which is not understood.
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    by: Daniel from: Seattle
    January 13, 2016 8:04 AM
    I don't know if you've ever noticed, but everybody's life is always someone else's fault, apparently. Add in the absolute certainty of one's goodness and rightness with god and clearly there must be someone other than oneself responsible for all of the world which offends any particular religious sensibility. Enter the "other" to fill that role.
    It's one of the inherent traits of belief structure to create these "others", as they are necessary components of tribalism, which is the organizing principle of primates....which we are.
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