France’s interior minister has vowed to take a position on hatred, following incidents of vandalism, and a spike in hate crimes this past year\.
Honte à celui qui, abject, a défiguré d’une croix gammée mon hommage à Simone Veil, rescapée de la Shoah, peint l’an dernier sur les boites aux lettres de la mairie du 13e arrondissement de Paris, lors de sa panthéonisation. Quelle lâcheté… très choquant. pic.twitter.com/Cj8Aog292U
— Religious Guémy C215 (@christianguemy) February 11, 2019
A memorial tree planted in honour of a young Jewish man, tortured to death in a 2006 attack, was also chopped down. Going to the suburb where the tree once stoodInterior Minister Christophe Castaner declared that “anti-Semitism is spreading like a poison, like a venom.”
“It is rotting minds, it is killing,” Castaner lasted, before vowing to crack down on anti-Jewish hate.
(*)Castaner didn’t blame any particular group for the spread of anti-Semitism, but some within the French government and media have been quick to attribute extremists among anti-Government’Yellow Vest’ demonstrators. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux connected an arson attack and the graffiti at the house of Parliamentary Speaker Richard Ferrand a week earlier, believed to be the job of their Yellow Vests. The Union of French Jewish Students blame for its racist daubings about the Yellow Vests.
The bagel bakery’s owner disputes the link, and said that the graffiti appeared his store hours until protests broke out local.
Moreover, France has been fighting with anti-Semitism long before protests began last November. The number of documented anti-Semitic attacks in France climbed 74 percentage annually to 541up from 311 in 2017. The most barbarous of these attacks has been carried out by Islamic extremists, who have revived an early religious battle on the roads of France.
After occupying the Vichy government’s roundup of Jews in 1942, 85-year-old Mireille Knoll was was stabbed to death and put on fire in her apartment last March by her Muslim . Prosecutors said the assault was motivated from the neighbor beliefs\.
(Decision )One year earlier, another elderly Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, was murdered by a Malian guy who shouted: “Allahu Akbar,” prior to throwing her from a window. Back in 2015, a gunman pledging allegiance to the Islamic State terror group murdered four people in a Kosher supermarket in Paris, while 2012 watched three kids and a teacher from a Jewish institution in Toulouse murdered through an Islamist fanatic.
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(Decision )Ilan Halimi, whose memorial tree was vandalized on the weekend, had been abducted and ransomed by a set of attackers who believed that Jews were wealthy, and may afford to cover. His family could not afford the ransom, after being tortured for three months and Halimi died\. In court, the ringleader of these Turks seemed unrepentant, declaring“all Jews are the enemies” and pointing upward while stating: “Allahu Akbar.”
After every strike, the French authorities vowed to do much more to battle anti-Semitism. However, a number of France’s Jewish population — the largest in the world behind Israel and the United States –‘ve had enough. An EU-wide survey last year discovered that French Jews were one of the most likely to contemplate emigrating to Israel, where citizenship is a birthright for Jews worldwide. More than 20,000 of France’s approximately half a million Jews produced the one-way trip since 2014.
“In just two months we’ll be emigrating to Israel because of the anti-Semitism in Europe,” a French woman told the poll. “Nothing is being done about it. So we’re leaving ”
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