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Posted on 06/06/2012 5:08:14 AM PDT by SJackson
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France Once Again a Hell for Jews
Posted By P. David Hornik On June 6, 2012 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments
Earlier this week, as reported in Algemeiner, three yarmulke-wearing young Jews in Villeurbanne, France were attacked with hammers and iron bars by a mob of over a dozen Muslim youths. The victims had to be hospitalized and then were released.
The Times of Israel reports that police are still looking for the perpetrators, and that theyre believed to be of North African extraction.
It was only in March, of course, that the French Muslim Mohammed Merah killed a teacher-rabbi and three young children in a French Jewish school in Toulouse. But from that incident to this latest, somewhat publicized incident, things have hardly been quiet for French Jews.
Not only did French Jewish leaders tell The Times of Israel that There has been a series of acts like the one in Villeurbanne and that Not a week passes without anti-Semitic assaults in France. Ariel Goldman, vice-president of the French Jewish communal organization CRIF, revealed that the Toulouse attackhowever horrifying to manyacted as something of a tonic: In the month following [it] we counted 140 such acts . This amounts to a third of the violent incidents we had in 2011.
And in a report on Tuesday, a Villeurbanne rabbi and school principal said that We are regularly cursed and spat on and that last month a motorcyclist in the town fired rubber bullets at a yarmulke-wearing Jew in a car, lightly wounding him.
A few things are worth pointing out here.
First is that most French Jews are themselves of North African origin, immigrants or descendants of immigrants from Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco who fled Arab persecution in those countries in the 1950s and 1960s as French rule declined. In fleeing to France, these North African Jews formed a minority as most of their compatriots made their way to Israel.
In France, seemingly, this population might at least have expected to be safe from further Arab, and particularly North African Arab, persecution. But it was not to be. French Arabs now outnumber French Jews by about 10 to 1, and a large majority of French Arabs are also of Algerian, Tunisian, and Moroccan origin. Hence, in France, North African Jews only succeeded to change the stage setting of their persecution by North African Arabs.
The above-linked Algemeiner report quotes French Jewish artist Ron Agam: It is about time now for the French authorities to radically search for these Imams and put a stop to the brainwashing of tens of thousands of Muslim kids in France. But such repeated entreaties to the French authorities have not helped much, and its now reported that large numbers of French Jews are considering moving to Israel after all; thousands already have, or have bought apartments there.
Israel too, of course, is hardly free from Arab/Muslim aggression, but it is an independent Jewish state that mostly takes attacks on Jews seriously and invests greatly in countering them.
Second, it was in France, specifically Paris, in the 1890s that Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl experienced a revelatory sense that European Jewry was in grave trouble when he witnessed anti-Semitic mobs incensed by the trial of Alfred Dreyfusa French Jewish army officer who was accused of treason and later exonerated.
Herzls sense of an emergency is considered to have been vindicated, negatively, by the Holocaust, and positively by the rebirth of Israel in 1948. Yet, today, enlightened, democratic France is once more a dangerous hell for Jews. There are some things that even monumental events like the Holocaust and the rebirth of Israel do not seem to change.
And finally, it is not, of course, the case that the Arab and Muslim world alone is responsible for the current plight of French and other European Jewry. As Jonathan Tobin notes,
The flow of raw hate speech against Jews from Cairo and Tehran and other Arab and Muslim capitals is not to be underestimated, but the willingness of European intellectuals to lend their support to the demonization of the Jewish state has given these sentiments a patina of undeserved legitimacy.
Under a thin veneer of anti-Zionism or anti-Israelism, homegrown European anti-Semitism has returned in full force as the Jewish state is singled out for boycotts and obsessive vituperation.
Some of the effects were evident in a study finding that 40 percent of Europeans believe Israel is waging an extermination war against the Palestinians. Here, sheer disinformation plays a part as a viciously anti-Israeli elite media portrays the Jewish state as singularly evil. But such disinformation is also an excellent way to awaken latent anti-Semitism.
If there is any redeeming feature to this situation, it is the growing realization by French and other European Jews that Europe is perhaps a lost cause.As Muslim populations grow, along with their electoral clout, and homegrown European viciousness toward Israel and Jews shows no sign of abating, there is no reasonable prospect that European Jewrys lot will get much better.
Hence, this population should not wait for another Herzl to clarify things for it. Even the actual Herzl was only able to do a limited amount of good.
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This is what the European Union’s really about.
The Nazis provided a useful scapegoat for Europe: “see, it wasn’t us that killed those Jews! Hitler did it!” This made it possible for people to forget that most of Europe is anti-semitic and has been for two millennia.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
The first time it was Christian anti-Semites. Now it’s the Muslims, who are, by nature, thirsty for Jewish blood. In the next world war, I pray that American forces let Paris burn. I wouldn’t piss on a Muslim if he was on fire let alone liberate his country.
What happened to the xenophobia so common among the French? How are all these Muslim yoots being allowed to just ransack entire French communities? Taking back what they perceive as rightly theirs, perhaps?
You can bet if it was three rainbow-wearing queers that were attacked with hammers and crowbars, the world would know about it.
And don't forget the role of secular intellectual and philosophical anti-semitism. Secular anti-semitic movements probably killed more Jews in the twentieth century that religious anti-semitism killed in the preceeding two millennia.
You explained it better than I could, and I thank you for that jboot. I knew the Moors had control of large swaths of southern Europe hundreds of years ago, and it was only through religious pushes by Rome and Anglicans that sections of France and Spain were re-gained.
The history of Europe is certainly varied and interesting. The control of territories by whites is contentious, at best, and as the Muslim population in the world grows and adherents to Christianity wane, I think the makeup of Europe will grow largely Muslim, eventually reaching into the British Isles and the Scandinavian shield.
Centralized government always produces this.
The mass hate and killing has been justified by ethnic group, religion and class. It has been created in the name of Marxism and Fascism and is empowered by envy. The centralized government has the machinery necessary to pull off genocide. It has the control over the media and education to produce the propaganda to justify it’s hate and murder.
Apathy? Cowardice? Secret satisfaction? Some, or all of the above attitudes?
From what I understand France never STOPPED being Hell for Jews.
I have told a story on this forum more than once, of how I met a Holocaust survivor in the old Jewish Quarter of Paris about 30 years ago - how he showed me his camp tattoo and explained to me in a combination of French and Yiddish about the night the German occupiers came to take him and his family away. He survived. They did not.
I have never forgotten that conversation or the look in his eyes: at once haunted, fierce, and pleading. He pointed to a memorial plaque on a wall above the street and asked me to "never forget". I haven't. As a Jew myself, I cannot.
If it is a “hell for Jews,” it is a heaven for Muslims.
In 2004 PM Ariel Sharon told French Jews to get out and come to Israel. He was right then and he is still right.
“If it is a hell for Jews, it is a heaven for Muslims.”
Je suis un genderme. Droppe vous les virgines! Do not do zat in ze public street!
Then the Jews need to fight back. Pissing and moaning about it and demanding others do something isn’t going to work. They’re just going to have to learn to use tools this time around. (Apologies to Lewis Black)
What tools, violence? At well under 1% of the population those tools can only be used to escape. Which is the route some are taking. Some are speaking out, but without the support of the majority that may not be enough. Same goes for lots of Europe. If the native population is OK with the persecution of Jews, not much tiny majorities can do.
He may have been right, but I respect those willing to stay and fight, politically.
Thanks to SJackson for the post and ping.
France under the Socialist, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian François Hollande is going to be hell for Jews and Christians. Given license to hate with abandon, this is only the beginning.
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