A Jewish French schoolteacher was stabbed by a Muslim gang in Marseille, France, Wednesday evening, police said.
The attack was carried out by three men at about 8:00 p.m. local time. The attackers shouted anti-Semitic slurs at the teacher before one of them proceeded to stab the man.
One of the jihadis was wearing a shirt sporting the logo of the Islamic State terror group, Brice Robin, the prosecutor in the case, told Reuters.
“The three people insulted, threatened, and then stabbed their victim in the arm and leg. They were interrupted by the arrival of a car and fled,” Robin said of the pro-ISIS gang.
The victim was first approached by a man on a moped in Marseille’s 13th district. The man showed the teacher a picture of Mohammed Merah, the Islamic terrorist responsible for the slaughter of four Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi at a school in Toulouse, France, in 2012.
The Jewish schoolteacher was easily identifiable as an observant Jewish man because he wore a yarmulke, Michele Teboul, the president of a French Jewish advocacy group, told JTA.
Shortly thereafter, the soon-to-be attacker showed the teacher his T-shirt, which was emblazoned with the emblem of the Islamic State, the report said.
Then, two nearby accomplices joined the ISIS loyalist and began to harass the Jewish man, shouting anti-Semitic slurs at him. Finally, the man wearing the ISIS shirt stabbed the teacher, whose name has not been publicly revealed, in the arm and leg. His injuries are not life-threatening, the prosecutor said.
The stabbing comes just days after an Islamic terror attack in Paris killed over 120 people and wounded hundreds more.
Jews in France have been fleeing the country in droves in recent years, citing Islamic anti-Semitism as one of their primary reasons for departing.
In 2014, 7,200 French Jews fled the country for Israel. The Jewish Agency estimates that by the end of 2015, another 8,000 people will have left France for Israel.
France’s Jewish community stands at about 500,000 people, or less than one percent of the population. However, French officials report that more than fifty percent of racist attacks in the country are directed against the dwindling Jewish population.