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French anti-Semitism has Jews heading for Israel, hiding religion
Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan. 9, 2003 | AP

Posted on 01/09/2003 4:56:51 PM PST by Nachum

PARIS - Jewish parents tell their sons not to wear yarmulkes. A rabbi is stabbed while preparing for a Sabbath service. Elderly women are frisked before entering synagogues - just in case.

As the stresses of being Jewish in France multiply, some feel it safer to hide their religion. Others have decided the only solution is to pack up and leave.

Statistics released this week by the Jewish Agency, the body that arranges immigration to Israel, show that 2,326 French Jews emigrated to Israel in 2002, more than double the number of a year earlier.

French arrivals were a mere 6.7 percent of the total, but it represented the largest percentage of French immigrants to Israel since 1972. At that time, Israel had quadrupled its territory from the 1967 Six Day War and Jews flocked there full of hope.

Today, their reasons for going are different. In synagogues and at Jewish gatherings, people say they are afraid and fed up. Though the new conservative government has loudly condemned recent attacks, many wonder if France's leaders are committed to fighting anti-Semitism.

"In Israel, at least we know the government is on our side," said Stephanie Ohana, a 34-year-old Parisian Jew, at a prayer service this week for her rabbi, who was injured in a stabbing. "It's paradoxical, isn't it? But we have the feeling we'd be safer in Israel."

Last Friday's knifing of Rabbi Gabriel Farhi stunned France. It came after a relative lull in anti-Semitic attacks that coincided with violence in the Middle East.

It started with a menacing letter the morning of the attack that said: "We want the skin of Rabbi Gabriel Farhi and will avenge the blood of our Palestinian brothers," according to the Liberal Jewish Movement of France, a group founded by Farhi's father.

Later that day, Farhi was preparing for Friday night services when the synagogue doorbell rang. As he opened the door, he says, an attacker in a motorcycle helmet lunged forward with a knife, shouted "God is great!" in Arabic and fled. The man has not been caught.

Farhi, 34, a leading figure in France's liberal Jewish community, was slightly injured and released from the hospital the same day. Then, on Monday, his car was torched in his apartment parking lot.

"I want to believe that this was an isolated act," Farhi said, "and not the prelude to other attacks and a new wave of anti-Semitism."

At an ecumenical prayer service held in support of Farhi at his Paris synagogue this week, the turnout was impressive. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders attended, along with many political leaders. Four former prime ministers: Lionel Jospin, Alain Juppe, Edouard Balladur and Laurent Fabius, sat beside each other wearing yarmulkes, the traditional Jewish skull cap.

France's tough new law-and-order interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, also attended. Sarkozy, who has launched a sweeping anti-crime campaign, guaranteed new measures to prevent future attacks, Farhi said.

"It's clear that the government is listening better now," Farhi said, adding that he wanted to see results. "I'm waiting for concrete measures."

Authorities increased security at Jewish religious sites last year, following a wave of attacks at synagogues, Jewish schools and cemeteries. In the most serious case, a synagogue in southern Marseille was burned to the ground.

But Farhi and others say police presence and metal detectors alone are not the answer. Asked what needs to be done, he replied: "Perhaps stricter laws. Perhaps some more concern, I would say, from the police and from the government."

Last spring, French President Jacques Chirac insisted there was no anti-Semitism in France even as Jewish groups placed the number of anti-Jewish attacks at the highest level since World War II.

Of late, he has taken a tougher tone.

"There is no room in our country for anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia or for manifestations of religious intolerance," Chirac wrote in a letter to the rabbi cited by Le Monde newspaper.

France is home to an estimated 600,000 Jews - the largest Jewish community in western Europe - and one of the continent's largest Muslim populations. Islam is France's second-largest religion after Roman Catholicism.

Jews find themselves taking pains to hide their identity in public.

"My son goes to a Jewish school," said Francis Lentschner, vice president of the liberal Jewish movement. "He can wear his kippah (yarmulke) in school. But I prefer him not to wear one outside."

Ohana wears a Hebrew letter on a gold chain around her neck. Lately, she said, she keeps it tucked inside her collar.

"It hurts. It really does," she said. "We're starting to hide that we're Jewish."


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1 posted on 01/09/2003 4:56:51 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum
Socialist systems are doomed to ultimate failure. National Socialist regimes find scapegoats when those inevitable failures appear.

Europe has an affinity for national socialism. And when it unites into a big conglomerate, socialist EU some day, it will become "EU socialist", that is, national socialist.

Their day of socialist failure will come, and the Jews will be the target.

I'd leave Europe for Israel or the U.S.

No place else.

2 posted on 01/09/2003 5:03:20 PM PST by xzins
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To: Nachum; Nix 2; veronica; SJackson
"In Israel, at least we know the government is on our side,"

Well when labour is not in power anyway.

3 posted on 01/09/2003 5:17:41 PM PST by weikel
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To: xzins
Socialist systems are doomed to ultimate failure. National Socialist regimes find scapegoats when those inevitable failures appear. Europe has an affinity for national socialism. And when it unites into a big conglomerate, socialist EU some day, it will become "EU socialist", that is, national socialist. Their day of socialist failure will come, and the Jews will be the target. I'd leave Europe for Israel or the U.S. No place else.

August Bebel (not Jewish) calls anti-Semitism the socialism of fools.

I guess are plenty of fools in Europe.

4 posted on 01/09/2003 5:20:01 PM PST by UbIwerks
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To: Nachum
There is a sickening deja vu about it all.

There is an ingrained anti-semitism in Europe and it was not confined to Germany and the defeat of the Nazis did not stamp it out as we once thought. It merely suppressed it for half a century.

Jew baiting has again become fashionable.

This time hopefully the Jews will be smart enough that they will not wait until it is too late in the hope that it will all blow over.

5 posted on 01/09/2003 5:28:46 PM PST by Clive
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To: Nachum
Unless you're a culture freak and you've just got to have those museums, what's the point of Europe anymore?
6 posted on 01/09/2003 5:29:11 PM PST by ricpic
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To: All
Ah, ze French, so sefeesticated, so progreseeve, so ainlightained. And zeh love Meester Clinten, too.
8 posted on 01/09/2003 5:30:58 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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To: All
Further to my post, I should have added:

This time let us hope that when Jews come to out shores and claim refugee status, they will not be turned away.
9 posted on 01/09/2003 5:32:12 PM PST by Clive
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To: Platero
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so sick of this neo-con Euro hatefest I can barely stand it.
11 posted on 01/09/2003 5:41:33 PM PST by Artois
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To: Nachum
Had Le Pen won, much of this militant Mohammedan aggression against Jews would not be tolerated. French Jews should start throwing their support behind Le Pen and stop supporting multiculturalism and leftist politics.
12 posted on 01/09/2003 5:45:08 PM PST by Artois
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To: Clive
Actually, it's Muslims, not Europeans, who are behind this anti-Jewish activity.
13 posted on 01/09/2003 5:49:32 PM PST by Artois
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14 posted on 01/09/2003 6:02:01 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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15 posted on 01/09/2003 6:02:19 PM PST by Bob J
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To: Nachum
The Book is being fulfilled.
16 posted on 01/09/2003 6:06:10 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: sheik yerbouty
sheik yerbouty

Shake your own booty!
17 posted on 01/09/2003 6:11:18 PM PST by ricpic
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To: Platero
I'm sick and tired of blaming the French for every trifle.


You call those cream sauces a trifle?
18 posted on 01/09/2003 6:15:18 PM PST by ricpic
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To: Platero

I rest my case.


19 posted on 01/09/2003 6:23:29 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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To: Platero
Who do you think is to blame for the hate crimes against Jews in France? These people are afraid and they are leaving because of this fear....
20 posted on 01/09/2003 6:34:44 PM PST by Arpege92
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To: Nachum
It is inaccurate to call this "French anti-Semitism", as the people invovled in these acts of violence and hatred are not French...they are Arabs who were allowed into France by boneheaded liberals (I might also add that the leaders of the Jewish community in France have been among the most vocal advocates of continued third world immigration into the country)
21 posted on 01/09/2003 6:59:51 PM PST by quebecois
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To: Nachum
Perhaps on their way out they would be kind enough to take some of their Arab cousins with them!
22 posted on 01/09/2003 7:05:16 PM PST by Edmund Burke
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To: Arpege92
Who is behind it? The answer is very simple, and is in the article itself; angry Muslims are behind it.
23 posted on 01/09/2003 7:18:20 PM PST by Artois
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To: Artois
Actually, it's Muslims, not Europeans, who are behind this anti-Jewish activity. )))

Les Beurs?

24 posted on 01/09/2003 7:22:32 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
Oui.
25 posted on 01/09/2003 7:37:49 PM PST by Artois
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To: Platero
You may actually be understating, though I am not sure. I am not aware of one single crime committed by a Frenchman against Jews in the last year. Every single incident I have read about, and I have read of at least 20, has been committed by the Mohammedans.
27 posted on 01/09/2003 7:47:08 PM PST by Artois
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To: Artois
You may actually be understating, though I am not sure. I am not aware of one single crime committed by a Frenchman against Jews in the last year. Every single incident I have read about, and I have read of at least 20, has been committed by the Mohammedans.

Okay. But does your beloved French Government DO ANYTHING to PUNISH these malefactors in any meaningful way. (Hint: I am rolling on the floor laughing.)

28 posted on 01/09/2003 8:49:41 PM PST by BenR2
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To: ricpic
My wife has me do that on occasion.
29 posted on 01/09/2003 9:28:06 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: Mamzelle
It was not a muslim, it was the French ambassador to the Court of St. James, Daniel Bernard, who at a party at the home of Barbara Amiel, referred to Israel as "that shitty little country" and went on to say "“Why should the world be in danger of World War III because of those people?”

It was the French foreign ministry, not a muslim fringe, that stood by Mr Bernard and refused to either recall him or make him apologize and that characterized the objections to his words as "malevolent insinuations".

Nothing effective is done in France, beyond mere verbiage, to crack down on the criminal attackers of jews, jewish cemetaries and synagogs.

But the French are not alone among Europeans. In the house of Lords, a Jewish Memeber was referred to as "you people" and another Member of the House of Lords, a liberal, was hear to say ".. .the Jews have been asking for it and now, thank God, we can say what we think a last.”

True, the actual violence is commited by muslim activists, but the underlying tenor in Europe is reverting to the casually accepted anti-semitism of the 1930s and it is again becoming respectable to make Jew jokes at society parties.

30 posted on 01/09/2003 9:31:33 PM PST by Clive
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To: Artois
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so sick of this neo-con Euro hatefest I can barely stand it.

France didn't acknowledge any anti-Semitic incidents until now. We don't know if it's all done by Muslims either.

Hizbollah said that in 20 years (I guess now 13) France will be an Islamic Republic.

From Pol Potism to Khomeneism, France has always been the repository of the most loathsome ideologies.

31 posted on 01/09/2003 9:33:20 PM PST by UbIwerks
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To: quebecois; Platero; UbIwerks; Arpege92
It is inaccurate to call this "French anti-Semitism", as the people involved in these acts of violence and hatred are not French...they are Arabs who were allowed into France by boneheaded liberals (I might also add that the leaders of the Jewish community in France have been among the most vocal advocates of continued third world immigration into the country)

This is a very precise statement concerning the issue!
Generally any person standing up for the culture of ones own against thirdworlders and islamists is branded as a racist. That is the modus operandi of the socialist liberal smear apparatus. However though, there is great fear among Europeans as well which not at all is reflected in mainstream media.

Robberies and gang rapes committed against Europeans are in most cases perpetrated by the previously described group.
But it appears like the media always avoids these issues.
To clamp down on the French for a leftie remnant of WWII "refuge-immigration-invasion" policy isn't fair and right.
Anyone criticizing it will be a racist, but no one will talk about the very real racism against Europeans in Europe.
It's sort of a hate crime to even be a European.
Indigenous Europeans have human rights too.


Valerie Giscard d' Estaing
32 posted on 01/09/2003 10:26:12 PM PST by OriginalHeyduke (Valerie Giscard d' Estaing)
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To: Nachum
Oh, but this time the Jews have learned from the Holocaust and have armed themselves, right?

"Never Again", right?

RIGHT???????

yaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn.............

36 posted on 01/09/2003 11:31:50 PM PST by fire_eye
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To: UbIwerks
It's important to note that the attackers are Muslim, not ordinary Europeans.
37 posted on 01/10/2003 1:45:11 AM PST by Michael2001 (So when are the Jews gonna arm themselves?)
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To: Michael2001
France is an Islamic Empire Colony?

Re: posts 13,27, 30,...

38 posted on 01/10/2003 1:55:01 AM PST by maestro
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To: Nachum
This is not surprising really considering how France was lost to the Muslims a few years ago.

The Netherlands will be the next country to be lost.

39 posted on 01/10/2003 1:59:59 AM PST by expatguy
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To: Michael2001
It's important to note that the attackers are Muslim, not ordinary Europeans.

a) We don't know who all the attackers are, and
b) as Debbie Schussel reports, France has buried it's head in the ground and let these attacks continue. "Ordinary Europeans" are banning kosher slaughtering and putting yellow stars on food from the Jewish state in the best Nazi fashion.

40 posted on 01/10/2003 4:05:17 AM PST by UbIwerks
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To: UbIwerks; xzins; fortheDeclaration; Commander8; Alamo-Girl; RnMomof7
Your# 31)..............................bttt

Hizbollah said that in 20 years (I guess now 13) France will be an Islamic Republic.

Wow!

41 posted on 01/10/2003 5:37:00 AM PST by maestro
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To: Clive
Dalrymple wrote a magnificent essay, "Barbarians at the Gate", describing the hordes of Arabs surrounding the fading jewel of Paris. The rich live in the midst of this frail and beautiful city, set upon by young criminal Muslims whoa ride into the city's center courtesy of the fine public transportation. The police are submissive, lazy and intimidated.

The great fashion houses of Chanel, St. Laurent--will soon be featuring burquas, abayas, chadors and assorted hijab for the women of Paris, at the point of a scimitar.

How many years before the Louvre is sacked, and who will weep for the effete?

42 posted on 01/10/2003 5:51:48 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Nachum
Jewish parents tell their sons not to wear yarmulkes. A rabbi is stabbed while preparing for a Sabbath service

Disgusting. Jews should be wearing flourescent yarmulkes, travel in groups of three, and carry concealed weapons everywhere they go. Any Arab who so much as hits a Jew should be killed. They must show that Jewish blood is not cheap. That is the only way the assault will stop. There must be one Jewish multi-millionare who would be willing to finance to arming of Jews worldwide.

43 posted on 01/10/2003 6:10:36 AM PST by montag813
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To: expatguy
I agree that the Muslim presence in France poses a grave danger for France's future, but Muslims currently constitute barely over 10% of the total population. In terms of political power, they have very little, far less than, for example, blacks in America. While it is true that their numbers (and consequent political power) are due to skyrocket soon, so will the numbers and political power of Frenchmen ready, willing, and able to do something about it.
44 posted on 01/10/2003 9:43:56 AM PST by Artois
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To: BenR2
When you are through rolling on the floor, I urge you to review the article that was posted. Should you do so, you will not help but notice that Interior Minister Sarkozy is enacting measures which will do exactly that.
45 posted on 01/10/2003 9:46:35 AM PST by Artois
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To: UbIwerks
With respect to "loathsome ideologies", I would say that Frankfurt, Germany is up there, too (ever heard of the Frankfurt School?). Out of curiosity, how many of the Bolsheviks were French?
46 posted on 01/10/2003 9:48:43 AM PST by Artois
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To: Nachum
Farhi, 34, a leading figure in France's liberal Jewish community, was slightly injured and released from the hospital the same day. Then, on Monday, his car was torched in his apartment parking lot.

The JPost apparently uses the word "liberal" in the American sense, as in "rabidly left-wing," and not in the European sense, which is classical liberalism.

It's usually funny when left-wingers are stabbed by the monsters they spend so much time defending.

47 posted on 01/10/2003 9:51:00 AM PST by xm177e2
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To: Artois
There were a very large number of French commies. Factory worker commies helped bring down France in WWII by sabotaging equipment built for the French army (at the time, the Molotov-Ribbentop Pact was in effect, so the commies were allied with the Nazis)
48 posted on 01/10/2003 9:52:36 AM PST by xm177e2
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To: UbIwerks; quebecois; Platero
The Muslims aggressors are hardly limiting their aggression to French Jews; I have read numerous reports about gang-rapes of young French girls from these Muslims. It is interesting that no one seems to comment about this, or start threads about it.
49 posted on 01/10/2003 9:53:32 AM PST by Artois
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To: UbIwerks
French, Europeans in general, are for the most part Nazi scum and they should be treated as such.

Hopefully, there will be some Jews who will give them a real reason to hate the Jews.

Btw... France tried to juridically harass a person who tried to tell the truth about Islam so they are guilty in this persecution of the Jews (which may be why some people here are defending them).



A lot of dead beats, fronting as cover, have quite recently been buying real estate and done some other major investments in several European countries.
Turns out later, the companies in question have a big muslim shareholder, this of course brings political influence.
To tell the truth about islam is connected with great stigma, precisely because the socialist liberals together with their muslim auxiliaries made it so.
How many PR-firms works in favor of their agendas and contrary to European interests?!
That is not the way democracies should work!
Who if anyone considers the genocide on Orthodox Christians? Not very PC bringing that up!
Besides that, who really gave a rats a$$ about Serbs fighting the very same jihadis, who now intimidates Jews?
To say that most Europeans have Nazi leanings is a gross exaggeration.


Europeans are supposed to give admission of entry to muslim Turkey in EU.
Shelter islamist jihadis, nurse and educate them.
Be used as hatchets against other fellow Eastern European nations.
Bad mouth honest politicians, who criticize immigration policies.
Raze resistance against islam in South East Europe.


Anyway, nobody is speaking about the ongoing silent genocide of Eastern Europeans.
The slavery with women is another horrific Holocaust never heard of.
It couldn't be more disgusting and gruesome, like it was engineered by the devil himself. Koffi Annan and his Swedish wife, together with leftie humanitarian-feminists, don't care about this slavery since it's white women concerned.
Women from Moldavia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria are sold and disturbed more by for-profit organ removal and surrogate motherhood than by the sex trade.
But then again, it's more important to give way for thirdworlders, their human rights and neglect the plight of fellow Europeans.
The remark concerning some people defending the French needs clarification. Who defended Christian European Serbs during the Humanitarian Terror War Bombing?
That if anything should bring great shame, considering the events during WWII.


Valerie Giscard d' Estaing
50 posted on 01/10/2003 10:13:18 AM PST by OriginalHeyduke (Valerie Giscard d' Estaing)
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