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Anti-semitism on the rise in France

The following account has come from a reliable source and lists a series of recent anti-semitic incidents in France which illustrates a continuing increase in anti-Jewish prejudice in that country.


first published 15/04/2010
KrystallnachtEd preface: To give you an idea of what's going on in that country where there are now between 5 and 6 million Muslims and about 600,000 Jews Here is an e-mail that came from a Jew living in France .
Please read!

Will the world say nothing again -

as it did in Hitler's time?"


He writes:

"I am a Jew -- therefore I am forwarding this to everyone on all my e-mail lists. I will not sit back and do nothing. Nowhere have the flames of anti-Semitism burned more furiously than in France ..

  • In Lyon , a car was rammed into a synagogue and set on fire
  • In Montpellier , the Jewish religious center was firebombed
  • so were synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles;
  • so was a Jewish school in Creteil - all recently
  • A Jewish sports club in Toulouse was attacked with Molotov cocktails
  • and on the statue of Alfred Dreyfus, in Paris , the words 'Dirty Jew' were painted
  • In Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a Jewish football team with sticks and metal bar
  • The bus that takes Jewish children to school in Aubervilliers has been attacked three times in the last 14 months
  • According to the Police, metropolitan Paris has seen 10 to 12 anti-Jewish incidents PER DAY in the past 30 days
  • Walls in Jewish neighborhoods have been defaced with slogans proclaiming 'Jews to the gas chambers' and 'Death to the Jews.'
  • A gunman opened fire on a kosher butcher's shop (and, of course, the butcher) inToulouse, France
  • A Jewish couple in their 20's were beaten up by five men in Villeurbanne , France (the woman was pregnant)
  • A Jewish school was broken into and vandalized in Sarcelles , France

This was just in the past week so I call on you, whether you are a fellow Jew, a friend, or merely a person with the capacity and desire to distinguish decency from depravity.

Don't ever let yourself become deluded into thinking that this is not your fight. I remind you of what Pastor Neimollers said during World War II:

' First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.'



See also: Israel, the world and the church

Anon, 15/04/2010

Feedback:
Editor 26/03/2012 14:01
Henry Hallam (1777 - 1859) was an historian of the Middle Ages. He wrote:

"The Jews were everywhere the objects of popular insult and oppression, frequently of general massacre. It was the custom at Tholouse (sic) to smite them on every face at Easter.

"At Beziers they were attacked with stones from Palm Sunday to Easter, an anniversary of insult and cruelty generally productive of bloodshed, and to which the populace were regularly instigated by a sermon from the bishop."

See article regarding the recent shootings in Toulouse -
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9160016/Toulouse-shootings-and-siege-timeline.html
Editor 29/03/2012 10:01
In the wake of the recent shooting in Toulouse, Liora Zachary, an immigrant from France, attended a news conference called last Sunday by the editor of a French-Israeli publication and spoke out against the rampant anti-Israeli incitement in France. She described a situation that sounds somewhat like descriptions of pre-Holocaust Europe.

"Jews are being attacked all the time," she said.
"Children, in the buses, in the Metro, going to school, coming from school, couples in the street – this is just an unbearable situation. And we are talking about France, we are not talking about some kind of jungle. This is one of the main countries of Europe."

Not unlike the Jews of Europe before the Holocaust, Zachary sounded surprised that the Jews could be treated in this way. "The Jews of France have always been very active in the French community, in the French market," she said. "They have contributed tremendously to France. And I don't think this is the kind of treatment they should receive."
See - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sKvJ6sOxWQw
Editor 28/06/2012 14:09
A spate of anti-Semitic incidents has followed the murder of four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse in March.

French police say a man suspected of attacking three young Jews with a hammer in the town of Villeurbanne has been detained.

The attack in Villeurbanne took place as the three youths, all wearing Jewish skullcaps, were leaving a Jewish school.

A small group attacked them, reportedly insulting and jostling them, before as many as a dozen other joined in, striking the youths with weapons.

One of them suffered a hammer blow to the head, another was struck with an iron bar, while the third was hit on the arm.

See - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18357812

In a conversation earlier this month with one of the directors of Intercessors for Israel (who lives in Jerusalem) he mentioned an increase in the number of French accents and language heard on the streets of the Jewish capital.

See report 'Toulouse school shootings traumatise French Jews -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17456582

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