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French Police Launch Probe of Paris Youth Who Threatened to ‘Kill Jews’ on Television (VIDEO)

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French police outside a market in the suburb of Sarcelles, known locally as "Little Jerusalem." Photo:

Police in France have launched a criminal investigation against a young man who threatened, in an interview for a television program exposing the rise in anti-Semitic violence in a Paris suburb, to “kill” Jews.

JTA reports that Yves Jannier, the prosecutor of the Pontoise region north of Paris, ordered the probe after the program was broadcast on the France 2 network last Friday. In the clip, an unnamed youth wearing a white tracksuit top is shown loitering with friends outside a Middle Eastern takeaway restaurant in Sarcelles, a heavily Muslim suburb of Paris which also contains a Jewish population of 60,000. “What they are doing over there in Palestine, we are doing here to the Jews, ” the man says during the interview. “And if we get real angry, we might just kill them.” Later on, he adds: “If I get angry, I will light up all of them, all the Jews.”

As anti-Semitic incidents rocked France during the summer, during widespread protests against Israel’s counter-offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, relations between Muslims and Jews in Sarcelles were on a knife-edge. On July 20, Muslim youths rampaged through the suburb, attacking a synagogue and Jewish-owned shops. 18 people were arrested during the violence. The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, slammed the rioters, declaring: “What’s happened in Sarcelles is intolerable: attacking a synagogue or a kosher grocery, is quite simply anti-Semitism, racism.” Roger Cukierman, head of the French Jewish organization CRIF, echoed the prime minister’s concerns, saying: “They’re shouting ‘Death to the Jews’ and attacking synagogues. It’s completely out of control.”

Jannier’s decision to investigate comes amidst widespread shock across France at the revelations in the France 2 special report. Speaking after the broadcast, Francois Pupponi, the Socialist Party Mayor of Sarcelles, warned that over “the last five or six months,” there had been a “trivialization” of anti-Semitism. “We know that a number of youths have become involved in this radical violence,” Pupponi told the AFP news agency.

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Pupponi also took to his Facebook page over the weekend to urge Christiane Taubira, the French Justice Minister, to prosecute those involved in inciting violence against Jews. The France 2 program observed that the July 20 riot in Sarcelles, known colloquially as “Little Jerusalem,” was unprecedented.

Watch a video of the shocking interview below  at 13:30 (French):

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