French Authorities Calling Terrorists ‘Unbalanced’ to Cover Antisemitic Motives, Major Jewish Group Claims
Calling terrorists with seeming antisemitic motives “unbalanced” has become a politically correct cover for the perpetrators of antisemitic attacks, declared the director of international relations at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
“While the [French] government takes firm protective measures, legal authorities now use a new euphemism as a politically correct cover for antisemitic terrorists, calling them ‘unbalanced’,” Dr. Shimon Samuels told the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) on Tuesday.
“The sheer repetition of incidents seems to have a numbing effect on public opinion, even more apparent in the wake of the indiscriminate Paris assaults that, last month, took more than 130 lives… The Jewish target becomes a lesser priority in the welter of generalized violence,” he said.
Samuels’ comments came a day after a teenage Turkish student stabbed a Jewish man in Marseilles outside the Jewish academy where he taught. He called for a thorough investigation of the stabber’s school, family, mosque and social media to discover what may have motivated the teen’s attack.
Samuels’ also decried the lack of French authorities at last Saturday’s one year memorial for the terrorist attack at a kosher supermarket in Paris on January 9, 2015 that killed 4 people.
“Attendees at the Kosher supermarket commemoration were almost exclusively Jewish … As the continued attacks take their toll, no wonder Jewish emigration from France is exponentially exceeding published figures … One can only imagine the fate of these communities today, but for the existence of the State of Israel,” Samuels said.
Indeed Israeli immigration figures said more than 8,000 French Jews immigrated to the Jewish state last year, more than any other year in history. France has the largest Jewish community in Europe, estimated at about 600,000, including many from North Africa. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew criticism from French leaders last year after the HyperCacher attack in Paris for encouraging French Jews to immigrate to the Jewish state.