French Jewish Leader: “The Number of Anti-Semitic Acts Has Exploded”

February 20, 2013 10:54 am 6 comments

French police stand outside Ozar Hatorah following attack of Mohammed Merah earlier in 2012. Photo: screenshot via CNN.

France saw an increase of 58 percent in anti-Semitic incidents in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday by the SPCJ, the security unit of France’s Jewish communities.

The report showed that 614 anti-Semitic acts were documented in the country last year compared to 389 in 2011.

Incidents in which the victims were accosted physically or verbally on the street increased 82 percent, to 315 last year from 177 cases in 2011, SPCJ said. A fourth of the 96 physical anti-Semitic assaults involved a weapon.

The head of France’s CRIF Jewish representative group, Richard Prasquier, said the increase in incidents “damages the image of France.”

“In the last 13 years the number of anti-Semitic acts has exploded. French citizens, because they are Jewish, must be protected when they study, gather or pray,” he said in a statement.

SPCJ notes two peaks in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012: following the Toulouse shooting, when 90 acts were recorded within 10 days, and after the Oct. 6 bombing of a kosher supermarket in Sarcelles in which two people were lightly wounded, when 28 acts were recorded in the next eight days.

“Far from raising awareness, the attacks in Toulouse and Sarcelles were followed by a dramatic increase in anti-Semitic attacks,” the report stated.

6 Comments

  • Sad and traitorous that by letting the muslims do this, the French are exchanging decent, smart people for the lowest, inbred, 7th century scum of the human barrel.

    Maddening to think that if the French had the intestinal fortitude to act now, the violence to come would be so much easier to contain than it will be 20 yrs down the road, when there will be far more muslims!

  • We need to distinguish the anti-semitism as we are used to know it , and the new anti-zionism of today which act as anti-semitism in France, which is carried out by the Maghrebians,or first generation French Maghrebians from North Africa.

  • The preceding does not make clear that that in effectively all cases, the perps of anti-semitic acts are men of North African Moslem ancestry, who very often are not French citizens.

    The French constitution is interpreted as prohibiting the census from asking questions about religious affiliation and ethnic ancestry. Nevertheless, French sociologists estimate that about 10% of the residents of France are of Moslem ancestry.

    • I’m French and I can answer to you. Excuse my poor english.
      The antisemitism increasing evereyday cause of muslims from North Africa and sub-saharian Africa.
      We have cities like Roubaix in North accusing more than 75 % of the population muslim.
      Near Paris we have au whole department totally arabo-muslim. We can’t go there unless we wear hijab.
      More than that : 30 000 jewish kids left public school to go to jewish or catholic schook. The famous Republic is not for jews anymore.
      Muslim radios are encouraging antisemitism EVERYDAY – radio-orient and radio-beur. for examples.

      More than that : every muslim in France are watching regurlaly Al Manar (Hezbollah Tv) and Al Djeezira, Qatari TV espacially Youssouf Al Qaradawi who is preaching jeaw hatred.

      We have to organized famillies to go get the kids after school then they come safely home.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    If Rabbi Kahane were alive, he would have trained karate experts walking the streets of France impersonating old Jewish men. Then, when any Muslim or other anti-semite tried to injure insult or oherwise assault or harrass this “little old Jew” he would promptly get an arm or leg broken. Ah, but this is so easy to implement you say, right? Perhaps but where are the ones with enough Ahavas Yisroel like Kahane had to actually do it?

  • richard sherman

    FRANCE will forever be spelled VICHY.

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