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October 30, 2013 10:12 am

French Jewish Leader Says Climate for Jews in Country is ‘Not Pleasant’

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Roger Cukierman. Photo: worldjewishcongress.org.

The head of the umbrella organization of French Jewish institutions told Israel’s i24 News Wednesday that France was not an anti-Semitic country, but that for Jews there is “a climate in which it is not pleasant to live.”

Roger Cukierman, the head of CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France) added that the “correlation between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism” is a new phenomenon.

“Describing oneself as anti-Zionist but not anti-Semitic is in vogue nowadays,” Cukierman told the network.

According to a recent survey, some 40% of French Jews are afraid to openly identify as such in public, a much larger percentage than the 25% in the EU overall who harbor similar fears.

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According to i24 News, Curkierman said France “is facing three distinct forms of anti-Semitism. First, there is the rise of the far right, including the growing public acceptance of National Front party; on the other hand, there is the anti-Semitism of the far left, originating with pro-Palestinian activists calling for a boycott of Israel. Cukierman described this type as ‘anti-Semitism dressed up as anti-Zionism.’

Finally, anti-Semitism prevails among young suburban immigrants, ‘predominantly Muslims,’ who are ‘eager to commit violence when they see a Jew a yarmulke.'”

Cukierman was, however, complimentary of French government officials, including Prime Minister Francois Hollande and Interior Minister Manuel Valls, and applauded their efforts to fight anti-Semitism.

“Holland and Valls are friends of Israel,” he said.

Cukierman also weighed in on current peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, saying, “Unless we opt for two states, sooner or later the Jews will be a minority and Israel will lose its democratic status or will become an apartheid state.”

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  • Alter

    French Jews i.e. Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews are better off in France, than in Israel where they are still treated as second class citizens by edomite Jews.

  • Alter

    France is for Sephardic and Mizrahi (Arab) Jews what the US is for the Ashkenase. Although the Ashkenase are the mainstream voice, they don’t represent the majority of French Jews, who are Sephardic and Mizrahi. French Jews i.e. Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews are better off in France than in Israel or the US. Also, one look at the recorded data on antisemitic crimes in the EU between 2006 and 2011 (see PDF p.194 /p.186*) shows that Germany (a country without Mizrahi and Sephardic communities) had three times more reported antisemitic crimes than France, yet nobody reads about Germany. This indicates that the trend of antisemitic crimes in EU are not against Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews, who are the majority in France, but rather against the ashkenase. So please stop the alarmist bias against La France.
    *Source: Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2012
    Table 6.4: Trends in officially recorded data on antisemitic crimes in the EU, 2006-2011, published data
    http://fra.europa.eu/…/files/annual-report-2012_en.pdf

  • ariel

    While covering the Dreyfuss afair in France(…)Theodor herzl warned that Europe is becooing a dangerous place for jews. not so surprisingly it took europe only 40 years to bring to power Adolf Hitler.68 years after the end of ww2, Europe is once again a place in wich anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism and above all-anti Israeli thrive in.
    ITS TIME FOR ALL JEWS TO LEVE EUROPE AN RETURN tO OUR ONLY SAFE HAVEN-THE STATE OF ISRAEL…THE SOONER THE BETTER.

    • Alter

      French Jews i.e. Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews are better off in France, than in Israel where they are still treated as second class citizens by the majority of edomite Jews.

    • Alter

      French Jews i.e. Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews are better off in France, than in Israel where they are still treated as second class citizens by the Ashkenase.

  • Alter

    France is for Sephardic and Mizrahi (Arab) Jews, compared to Ashkenazi Jews, what the US is for the Ashkenase. Although the Ashkenase are the mainstream voice in France, they don’t represent the majority of French Jews who are Sephardic and Mizrahi. French Jews i.e. Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews are better off in France, than in Israel or the US. Also, one look at the recorded data on antisemitic crimes in the EU (see PDF p.194 /p.186) shows that Germany (a country without Mizrahi and Sephardic communities but only Ashkenaze communities) had between 2006 and 2011 three times more reported antisemitic crimes than France, yet nobody reads about Germany. This indicates that the target of antisemitic crimes are not Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews, who are the majority of Jews in France. So please stop the alarmist bias against La République.

    *Source: Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2012
    Table 6.4: Trends in officially recorded data on antisemitic crime in the EU, 2006-2011, published data
    http://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/annual-report-2012_en.pdf

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