French Jew Burns ID Card in Protest Over Gov’t Vote to Recognize Palestinian State (VIDEO)
“As you all know, France has just symbolically recognized a terrorist Palestinian state. I, then, in response to this bull****, and to reply to these incompetents, will symbolically burn my French identity,” Jérémy Yoni Ajzenberg, 26, said.
“F*** this incapable government that is in the image of the Eiffel Tower: static, with it’s legs apart!” said Ajzenberg, who plans to make aliyah (emigrate) to Israel in Feb. 2015.
Daniel Schwammenthal, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute in Brussels, told JNS.org about the vote that, “Europeans may have nothing but good intentions, but recognizing Palestine without the PA [Palestinian Authority] first achieving a settlement with Israel is ultimately misguided. It would be a setback for the quest for real peace and the establishment of a real Palestinian state.”
According to a visibly angered Ajzenberg, “This state … has no problem criticizing the Islamic State, but it sucks Hamas. So that’s all that State deserves,” he declared as he set his card alight – a punishable offence.
“Am Israel Hai, Eretz Israel L’Am Israel (The people of Israel liveth; the land of Israel for the people of Israel),” he proclaimed in Hebrew.
The Facebook video has already been viewed thousands of times, and reflects growing frustration and despair by French Jews over both their plight in the face of growing antisemitism and attacks, and the diplomatic, political, and cultural attacks against the Jewish state.
On Monday, three unknown assailants invaded the home of a Jewish couple in the Paris suburb of Créteil, raped the 19-year-old woman, and robbed the home, saying it was “because you are Jewish,” local French media said.
“The Jewish community is in shock over this,” a journalist who covered the story told The Algemeiner. Noting the concern about the case, he said, “When I posted the story on my social networks – they went crazy from reshares,” pointing out that “The article was read 16,207 times from 3PM to 8 PM… it’s 36% of the total amount of page view for the last 20 hours.”
On Saturday night, two Jewish men were also attacked in the vicinity, according to the Le Parisien newspaper.
The 19 and 21-year-old brothers were wearing skullcaps when they were attacked near the Shaare Zion synagogue, Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said in a statement on Sunday.
“Between the video, and Créteil, tonight (Tuesday) we cannot count the number of Jews in France who published on Facebook or Twitter, ‘next year in Jerusalem – REALLY!'” Ajzenberg said.
In June, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky announced that French aliyah (emigration to Israel) will surpass 5,000 individuals by the end of 2014, an all-time record and a full 1 percent of the 500,000-person French Jewish community. Never before has such a large proportion of a Western Jewish community made aliyah in a single year.
Watch the video clip:
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