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May 29, 2015 2:52 pm

Report: France Scaling Back Security of Jewish Communities Though Attacks on the Rise

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The wreath left outside the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Jan. 16, to pay homage to the Jewish victims of the Jan. 9 terrorist attack at that site. Photo: U.S. Department of State.

Although at least three antisemitic acts are committed daily against Jews in France, it appears French security has been scaling back efforts to protect the country’s anxious Jewish communities, the British Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday.

Just five months after a deadly terrorist attack at a kosher supermarket in Paris, “the truth is that this [French] military protection is, unofficially, waning,” reported the JC.

The report stemmed from concerns among synagogues and community centers, especially outside urban centers, that soldiers have begun providing only preliminary security at events, leaving the premises shortly after ceremonies or other engagements begin.

“Some small shuls have been told that they will not be guarded for an event that has fewer than ten participants,” said the JC, which is potentially devastating for Orthodox or other smaller communities in which barely a quorum is summoned for daily prayers.

The report came amid an announcement by the French antisemitism watchdog the Bureau National de Vigilance Contre l’Antisemitisme that on average three antisemitic acts are committed against Jews in France every day.

The head of France’s department to combat racism and antisemitism, Gilles Clavreul, confirmed those figures, according to the JC.

And since the January siege at the kosher supermarket, in which an armed gunmen who swore allegiance to the Islamic State slaughtered four Jewish hostages, 22 complaints of violent incidents have been filed.

One of those involved the brutal beating of a French teenager by four assailants in north-east Paris. The boy reportedly lost 30 percent of his vision as a result of the attack.

In addition, since the HyperCacher attack, the watchdog said it has registered 72 online incidents and 60 accounts of verbal abuse and threats.

Adding to an air of despondency, French Jews are reporting incidents of hateful crimes against their community “less and less,” said the bureau.

“If the perpetrators get arrested they are released again and just continue with the attacks,” said BNVCA director Danielle Ferra. “If they go to prison, they become Islamist extremists. We don’t know what to do.”

The rising attacks have spurred increased migration to Israel said a spokesperson from SOS Racisme, who indicated the number is likely to rise to 10,000 in 2015 from 6,500 last year.

Shortly after the supermarket attack in January, which occurred in conjunction with the slaughter at the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told French Jews “Israel is your home.”

Last month, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged $107 million to fight racism and antisemitism, saying “”Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred of Muslims, of foreigners and homophobia are growing in an insufferable manner in our country.”

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  • Lauren Goldman

    It was a given that security would not be provided indefinitely. Since so many attacks are on individuals anyway, basically, every Jew would need protection. As that continent devolves into becoming Eurostan, leaving France would seem the prudent thing to do. All of the rationalizations I have read, in comments on various articles, are the same as I heard from Shoah survivors in my old neighborhood: We didn’t think it would keep getting worse; Our family has lived here for generations; we are (fill in whatever country) citizens. The bottom line is that we are Jews and no matter how assimilated we may become, or how long we have lived in and contributed to our current country of residence, ultimately we are ‘others.’ The hatred of us is not rational, but it is always present to a greater or lesser extent. Although anti-Semitism went mostly dormant (at least in public) at the end of WWII, it never went away, and now it is reemerging with a vengeance. For all of its positive uses and possibilities, the Internet has also become an unlimited boon for Jew-hatred mongering. Throughout our history, America is the only developed country which has not officially persecuted, murdered or expelled us, so far. Whether one wants to admit it or not, Israel is our only home, for better or worse. I live in San Francisco, and what I hear people saying about us is becoming alarming. I have been accosted on the street for wearing a kippah, and told to get out of this country, but as I am in the process to make aliyah, that last sentiment has no negative effect on me. I am not a Jewish-American but an American Jew.

  • A ban on renting apartments to Jews on France’s Cote d’Azur reportedly has not been changed since it was enacted under the World War II-era Vichy government.

    The law requires that applicants for certain apartments attest that they are “French, non-Jews, and not married to a Jew, in the legal sense currently in effect.”

    The newspaper Nice-Matin, which discovered the law, reported that Jews who wish to buy an apartment in Nice must pay an extra $1,000 to $10,000 in notary fees to get around these articles, and that such arrangements are probably in effect in other towns in France as well.

    The Jewish Herald, 2007 March 9, article on page 8,
    The Jewish Herald
    1689 48th Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11204

  • Only 47% of French people agreed that marital infidelity is unacceptable.

    This percentage was the lower than all other nations studied.


  • esther noodelman

    Time to call in the Jewish Defence League !Are we afraid they might save Jewish lives and give our Jewish brothers the support that is essential to their survival?
    Do we continue to do nothing like we’ve done for poor,very ill Jonathan Pollard for 30 years ? Our Jewish Organizations have lost their feelings..Money raising is the only activity they deal with well.They are afraid of being political.
    So,it is up to the individual to act!Call a meeting and call in the Jewish Defence league to help.

  • francoise Michaelis

    France is not a messs and the present government does a lot for jews.

  • H.S.Cohen

    F–k The French.

  • organizar, y repeler ataques, se punitivos contra ellos, no mas lamentos unicamente, que sean ellos lo que sufran

  • Mickey Oberman

    ” We don’t know what to do.”

    Make Alyah.
    Go to Israel.

    Live in freedom from persecution and fear and possible death.

    France is doomed to become just another bloody Islamic state.
    It is well on its way already.

    • Julian Clovelley

      I would have thought that were you to behave in the same manner as people of all cultures behave in France within Israel your chances of becoming a victim of an anti Israeli attack would be far higher in Israel than that of being a Jewish person in France

      Zionism historically played on such incidents to recruit new migrants to the Palestinian Mandate. In modern times they seem keen to recruit them, in part to boost West bank Settlement numbers

      It is a policy that won’t end well. Far better to deal with the problem at the French end, which requires compromises from everyone, and sharing rather than seclusion.

      If you wander around violent areas with a target on your back it is quite likely someone will eventually shoot at it. With both the muslim and the Jewish population in France distinguishing dress codes and haircuts etc are considerably less than sensible. It is best never to supply a visible “excuse” for victimisation and vilification. I wonder just how many incidents have such a visible component.

      In Britain as a child in the fifties we all went to state schools where uniforms were worn without any distinguishing features. So we grew up not recognising or fearing difference.

  • duPont

    C’est vrai. France is a mess and they continue to demonstrate a lack of intelligence in almost everything they do – or don’t do! They will turn their backs on their Jewish citizens as soon as it is more convenient for them to do so. History repeats itself.

  • Just like the Jews In the French Underground did during World War II got arms and fought the Nazis. The French Jews today have to arm themselves and kill the Muslim cowardly bastards that are daily attacking them. If not, then get your backsides out of that lying Jew hating crap hole of a country and go to Israel.

  • avrumeleh

    This is only the beginning for this kind of thing. Did anyone really believe that France would be consistent and reliable in devoting finances to protecting its Jews, whom it has neglected for so long with a stubbornness as strong as its condescension to Israel’s security? Oh, the French politicians criticized Netanyahu for his call to France’s Jews to come to Israel. But, the truth is, that criticism was on the cheap all along. If the French Jews don’t get it once and for all by now, the next inevitable attack on them will make all this more obvious and maybe, just maybe, they’ll start to read the writing on the French wall.

  • Simone Miller

    And yet when Jews protect themselves the world goes wild.

  • Fred

    The new Muslim colonists of France are promoting their own agenda of hatred , The Gov. seems impotent to promote “Liberte , Fraternite, Liberte “.

  • France has its problems. The USofA also has problems.For example, TWITTER wills not to allow me to contact anyone including MY President, Mr Obama. All I want to do is tell The USGovernment that even with RIOTing in OUR streets, and FIFA corruption scandal going on, and The NBA Finals about to begin in Cleveland, #Adidas “HELPS” fuel the flames of Terrorism by unleashing their newest slogan…
    “Good THINGS happen to those who TAKE.”. If #Disney allows this VIRUS to be spewed to America, by showing #Adidas commercials on ABC during The NBA Finals, THEN #Disney WILL be just as GUILTY of fanning the fires of TERROR.
    I know this has little to do with your article, but it’s one way for me to try and get around the CENSORSHIP of TWITTER.

    • R U up to challenging these Corrupt Dangerous Powers?
      R U? Huh? Answer please.

  • robert davis

    Since the french medias are in the hands of antisemites they will not exdplain what is going on in frence(a capital letter is not needed for that antisemite nation)in which 3 groups are allied against jews supported by the new nazi poarty the multicultural socialists replacing the national socialists(hitler was a socialist not a fascist as the socialists claim): 1. professional antisemites 2. professionnal “palestinian”refugees 3. professional unemployed usually students. These 3 low class categories want to grab money and power by any violent means and will submit only to counter violence.

  • Paul

    The Jews cannot be protected by deploying security forces at places jews hang out. Not effectively, and not for long. when a terrorist arrives at a Jew site intent on murder, he just shoots the unsuspecting guard outside, then goes in to shoot some Jews. Even if the enormous resources were invested in protecting Jewish targets, the terrorists could just ambush Jews who stray away from the protected sites. The only way Jews could expect the authorities to protect them is by entering Ghettos and getting the authorities to keep out the terrorists.
    There is a story of a king who ruled a country back when people went bare-foot. The king stubbed his toe on a rock, and so he demanded that the entire country be covered by leather, so his toe would be protected. His wise adviser suggested he should rather cover his feet with leather – and so shoes were invented.
    The only way the Jews can be protected is – by protecting themselves, in an aggressive manner, rather than expecting all places where jews may wander can be protected. Jews should establish, legally, that they are threatened, and carry firearms and be trained to use them in self defense. And they should use them generously, claiming self defense even when they may shoot someone by mistake. This will establish that Jews protect themselves, and are dangerous to be around, they may shoot you by mistake.
    Israel should not be regarded as a place to run to to escape danger. Israel faces many more dangers than Europe. On the contrary – Israel is the place where Jews should gather when they DON’T want to run away, but are prepared to stand their ground and fight back those who threaten them.

  • len

    maybe we can solve the Jewish problem in France the way old Tsar Nicholas II wanted to solve the Jewish problem in Russia.1/3 will convert,1/3 will immigrate and 1/3 will perish.It is impossible for a country to try to officially protect physically each and every jew who lives in try and take on that responsibility is inviting failure.However a society that cant protect its citizens is a society in trouble.The solution to this problem is that every citizen of France must reject and personally interject themselves in each and every public anti-Semitic act that occurs showing the perpetrators that it just wont be acceptable, as if the actual attack is an attack on ones own family or even ones self.I doubt this will ever come to pass.So let 1/3 immigrate,1/3 convert(and that means atheism today,the true national religion).and 1/3 not perish but organize a defense system that allows Jews to form a para-military force backed and trained by the French authorities to take care of their own!!!

  • damita

    France has always been one of the most antisemetic in the world so no surprise in this story!

  • ms Bo Salsberg

    My heart goes out to those victims of antisemitic attacks in Paris, as well as all of Europe, the USA and the world. It is impossible to predict where or when these attacks will occur. Creating rigid punishment to those who are responsible seems to be the only answer I can see at this time. Severe prison time and punishment will show that we mean business.

  • Robby

    Jews need to leave France and the rest of Europe while they still can.

  • steven L

    What do the French Jews expect?

  • Linda Rivera

    I’m very sorry to hear this horrible news. Did the French government also shut down the Jewish Defence League, or are they still allowed to function?

    French Prime Minister: “Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred of Muslims, of foreigners and homophobia are growing in an insufferable manner in our country.”

    The government covers and DECEIVES for barbaric Islam. The vile Islam-adorer Prime Minister talks about hatred of Muslims and ‘foreigners’ (meaning Muslims) and it is Muslims who are carrying out nearly 100% or 100% of violent attacks against Jews.

    The wicked French government is cognizant of that fact but choose to DECEIVE and portray Muslims as VICTIMS, when Muslims are the perpetrators. Sick, twisted, perverted and completely EVIL.

    “If the perpetrators get arrested they are released again and just continue with the attacks,” said BNVCA’.

    Muslim savages are constantly released so that they can continue their attacks against Jews in OBEDIENCE to bloodthirsty Quran commands.

    They and their entire families should be deported back to their home countries. But the French government much prefer to REWARD Muslims and ensure they live as parasites with free homes and money. With lots of leisure and days and evenings spent in attacking Jews and other infidels and always planning jihad.

  • harri

    may G-d have mercy on the French people when the vengence of the Lord is visited upon them; zecharia:14

  • Steven

    The penalty for being convicted of these acts should be for them to be stripped of their French citizenship, if they have it, and returned to their country of origin, with no possibility of being re-admitted.

  • art frank

    The only solution is for the Jews to leave for Israel ASAP and leave the country to the savage french and arab anti-Semites

  • ed

    If the Jews of France want leave and come home to Israel then what happens to them is their on fault.You can,t wait til they are beating down your door to leave .the hand writing is on the wall for those that will see it .

  • michelle kahn

    So if he pledged $107 million why are they scaling down or did he burn that budget already?! I love France. A beautiful, historical and very exciting country. However every Jew who values his/her life should leave asap. May G-D bless the people of the world to live in peace….

  • “On March 7 [of 1936 CE] he [Adolph Hitler] ordered troops to march into the Rhineland and occupy it. Surprisingly, French military forces did not retaliate.
    Hitler had taken possession of the region without firing a single shot.”

    SOURCE: Mein Kampf: Hitler’s Blueprint for Aryan Supremacy (page 69) by Duane Damon, year 2003 CE, Lucent Books, Michigan, ISBN10: 1560068000

  • “Like many Americans with dreams of Paris who confront Paris, they have found that they are living in a grouchy, heavily over-administered country, where everyone is socialized to be negative in the first instance, and where the small details of life are made as wrenchingly difficult as possible…”

    SOURCE: The View from a Bridge by Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker magazine, 2014 December 8, page 45

  • Rabbi Yisroel Reisman spoke out against those Jews who plan their vacations for locations like:
    Switzerland, FRANCE or Italy where the people hate Jews.

    [He said:]
    “It would be better to visit the Land of Israel to benefit from its holiness and help our brothers economically.”

    SOURCE: Flatbush Jewish Journal, 2010/6/17, page 32

    Rabbi Yisroel Reisman is a contemporary Orthodox Rabbi.

  • Black Africans and Jews will finally defeat the White arab amalekites

    Black Africans and Jews will finally defeat the White arab amalekites. The Brown, Black and Red people of the world will defeat the vatican, mecca and their fan gwei