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As It Is - French Jews Debate Wearing Skullcaps

来源:慢速英语   时间:2016-01-16 07:31:42

A knife attack in France that injured a Jew has started a debate about wearing head coverings that show a person is Jewish.

“Even if we don’t wear one, we’ll always be attacked,” Israel Nessim told VOA near a synagogue -- a Jewish religious center -- in Paris.

“We’ll always be recognized as Jews,” he said.

Jewish men who are religious wear a head covering called a kippah, yarmulkeor skullcap.

On Monday, a school teacher in Marseille who was wearing a kippah was attacked. The attacker was a Kurdish teenager who claimed to support the Islamic State terrorist group.

Zvi Ammar, a leader in the Jewish community in Marseille, said Jewish men and boys should not wear the kippah “until better days.”

Other French-Jewish leaders urge boys and men to continue wearing a kippah. They include the country’s top Jewish religious leader and the head of a national Jewish group.

Philippe Zribi is a Jewish butcherin Paris. He does not wear a kippah. But he says “I believe people should be able to wear what they want. We need to terrorize the terrorists, not be terrorized bythe terrorists.”

Jews in other countries are debating whether to stop wearing skullcaps. Last year, the leader of a Jewish organization in Germany said Jewish men should stop wearing the kippah in areas where many Muslims live.

About 500,000 Jews live in France. A study by the group Human Rights First reported a sharp increase in anti-Semiticattacks in 2014. And it said more than 7,200 French Jews had moved to Israel that year.

I’m Christopher Jones-Cruise.

Words in This Story

kippah; yarmulke – n. a small, round head covering that is worn by some religious Jewish men

skullcap – n. a small, round cap that sits on top of the head and that is worn by religious Jewish men and Catholic clergymen

butcher – n. someone who cuts and sells meat in a shop, or kills animals and prepares their meat to be eaten

anti-Semitic – adj. feeling or showing hatred of Jewish people