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January 21, 2018 1:34 pm

French Jewish Representatives Demand ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Antisemitism, as Attacks Multiply During January

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A fire burns in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles during anti-Israel riots in July 2014. Photo: Reuters/Benoit Tessier.

The representative body of Jews in France has called on the government to take “all necessary measures” to deter further antisemitic attacks, following a spate of hate crimes targeting Jews this month.

“In recent days, several serious incidents have occurred in the Paris region,” a statement issued this week by France’s leading Jewish communal organization CRIF said. The organization said these incidents were “evidence that a worrying and dangerous climate is settling over our country, creating a real concern for the Jewish community.”

The antisemitic incidents listed by CRIF as part of its “Zero Tolerance” call included the vandalism and subsequent arson of two stores selling kosher products in a mall in the suburb of Créteil and an anonymous threatening letter sent to a synagogue in the suburb of Saint-Maur.

Decorated with Nazi swastikas, the letter to the synagogue warned, “dirty jew bastards, Hitler will win,” and “you will burn.”

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Undeterred by the threat, the Saint-Maur community announced on Sunday that a planned Bar Mitzvah party would be going ahead, with security provided and paid for by the family hosting the celebration. Michel Dluto, a representative of the synagogue, told local newspaper Le Parisien that security arrangements at the majority of communal events were now being funded by the community itself. “It’s been over a year since we had troops standing guard outside the synagogue,” Dluto said.

In the most serious incident, a 15 year-old Jewish girl was slashed in the face by a knife in the suburb of Sarcelles. Home to a large community of North African Jews, Sarcelles was the site of an antisemitic riot in July 2014 – at the height of the war in Gaza – when a Muslim mob wielding clubs and batons attacked Jewish-owned businesses.

The girl was slashed by an unidentified assailant who fled the scene immediately, Paris media outlets reported.

François Pupponi, the Socialist Mayor of Sarcelles, said he had no doubt that the attack on the teenager was antisemitic.

“In Sarcelles, everyone knows who is a practicing Jew, given the clothing they wear – and the delinquents also know it,” Pupponi – who has served as mayor since 1997 and has frequently urged more protection for Jewish residents – said in a statement.

“That an individual slashes the face of a young girl with a knife, while she is dressed like many women of the Jewish community, leaves no room for doubt,” Pupponi said in a statement. “In recent weeks, in Paris, Créteil and Sarcelles, we are experiencing a resurgence of antisemitic hostility. More than ever, we must be vigilant and mobilized against these acts to defend the values ​​of the Republic.”

Meanwhile, details continue to emerge of a brutal attack on a Jewish man at his home in Montreuil, near Paris, on December 18.

According to the BNVCA, a Jewish communal security organization, the man – named as “Mr. S H” – was awoken at 2 am by three masked individuals, who tied up, beat and robbed him. Though badly injured during the assault, the victim, who remains in hospital, managed to escape and notify police.

The BNCVA said that the “method” of the Montreuil intruders brought to mind the home raids last year on the Pinto family in Livry-Gargan, as well as the gruesome murder in April last year of the Jewish pensioner Sarah Halimi.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Algemeiner on Jan. 9, Francis Kalifat, the President of CRIF, noted that there had been up to 1,000 antisemitic incidents in France annually since 2000 – when a renewed Palestinian intifada against Israel was launched by the Palestinian Authority.

There are 450-500,000 Jews in France, making it the country with the third-largest Jewish population in the world after Israel and the United States.

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  • Yitzhakhazak

    You want zero tolerance against anti-semitism in France? What you need is almost zero Muslims! That´s your reality, all over Europe. You want peace in Israel? What you need is almost zero Muslims. That´s the reality in Israel. You want political correctness? None of these problems will be solved!

  • Efram Paul

    Why are you still there? The only changes which will happen are ones for the worse.

  • garyfouse

    It is the 1930s and 1940s again with a new cast of villains. Are the French going to repeat what they did under German occupation-allow its French citizens to be persecuted? It is a historical fact that under German occupation, the French collaborated with the Germans in rounding up their Jewish citizens for deportation to the death camps. In this case, the French are afraid to confront the Muslims, who are for the most part the perpetrators. It is true in other parts of Europe, and we are seeing the start here in the US-thanks to our universities.

  • Avrumeleh B

    The idea that France will protect its Jewish citizens is nothing more than an illusion. The French government should be honest with itself, with its Jewish citizens and its overall population and admit that the Jews are on their own. When France adopted the idea that unrestricted Muslim immigration is the proper road for that country, it also whether consciously or with reckless abandon, committed France to be an unwelcoming and uninhabtable place for anyone with any sort of Jewish identity. How long will it go on before honesty and decency and realization of reality sets in for the Jews of France?

  • brenrod

    It makes no sense for Jews to demand zero tolerance for anti semitism in the heart of anti semitic Europe when Jews dont demand zero tolerance of anti semitic muslim abuse of Jews in the Jewish homeland of Israel…… there is more anti semitic muslim abuse of Jews in Israel than in France.

  • Jonas v G

    France is backward they are living now in 1940

  • Reb_Yaakov

    Contre nous de la tyrannie,
    L’étendard sanglant est levé!

    Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras,
    Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!