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France’s Ambassador to UN at Algemeiner Gala Calls for ‘Ballistic’ Battle Against Antisemitism (VIDEO)

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French ambassador to the UN  François Delattre called on the global community to unite against antisemitism. Photo: Video Screenshot.

French Ambassador to the UN François Delattre called on the global community to unite in the fight against antisemitism. Photo: Video Screenshot.

France’s ambassador to the United Nations issued a call for uncompromising opposition to antisemitism, which he said is posing a growing threat to Jews and non-Jews alike.

In an interview at the third annual Algemeiner “Jewish 100 Gala” in New York City late last month, François Delattre asserted that “the fight against antisemitism is an existential fight for each and every one of us.”

The only way to fight against antisemitism is to be ballistic against it, not to admit any words, any action,” he said. “Otherwise, the old antisemitism will come back again and that’s something Europe cannot tolerate today. We have to have a zero tolerance policy vis-à-vis any form and any kind of antisemtism.”

French-Israeli artist Ron Agam, who was also present at the gala, held at Gotham Hall, praised the ambassador’s stance on antisemitism, telling The Algemeiner on Monday: “In a time where the United Nations is a nest of antisemitic attacks, to have a friend like French Ambassador François Delattre, the Jewish people and Israel should cherish this man and France’s position against antisemitism.”

The ambassador’s remarks come amid a rising tide of antisemitic attacks that are plaguing Europe. France saw a major spike in antisemitic incidents in 2015 and these attacks are expected to continue in intensity, said Robert Ejness, director general of CRIF, French Jewry’s umbrella organization, in a recent interview with VICE News.  

Jews are now leaving France in record numbers. According to the Jewish Agency for Israel, over 8,000 French Jews moved to Israel in the year following the HyperCacher kosher supermarket attack in January 2015, compared to approximately 3,300 French Jews who moved to Israel in 2013. 

Watch Delattre’s interview below:

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  • Ron Agam

    Ambassador Delattre is a personal friend of mine and a great friend of the Jewish people , you should be ashamed of your
    statement . France’s government has an irreproachable attitude towards anti-Semitism, I wish every country in the world has 10% of the laws and attitude France ‘s has in regard to this tragedy.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Merci, Mr. Delattre.

    Israel and all Jews need a great many more friends like you.

    Mickey Oberman

  • stevenl

    But the most virulent and pervasive antisemitism is practiced in the EU & the UN!!!

  • Lia

    Dear Mr Delattre, I am not a Jew and I do not live in Israel, but I also support Israel. From all the many millions of us non-Jews around the world who support Israel, thank you for speaking for Israel. May G-d bless you.

  • Eric R.

    Why is Algemeiner inviting an enemy ambassador?

    • Thomas

      You seem to have just looked at the headline and become outraged enough to comment without reading the article or watching the video, which answers your question specifically.

      We expect others to view us as individuals with our own set of values not as members of a certain group whose values we must automatically espouse as our own.

      We need to give other people the same respect until they prove otherwise.

      I must admit I myself was surprised that the French Ambassador would make such an appearance but it is one that hopefully is a sign of things to come.

      Let’s hope that François Delattre’s views are making their way into the awakening reality of French Middle Eastern Relations and that they will push France to re-evaluate its relationship with Israel. While France has not been a supporter of Israel recently let’s not close the door in the face of possible future allies as they are far too few.

      Let’s not forget that while there was the French Vichy regime there were also French who hid and protected Jews from them.

    • Andrea Lund

      Question for Eric R. I find your comment incomprehensible and ask you to explain it. Who is the enemy? Who in this case, is the enemy? Perhaps a simplistic mind that fabricates its own monsters?