Is France Safe For Jews?

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Maria Sliwa’s May 17, 2003 article France and its Jews written during the period when the Second Intifada was being waged against Israel, asserted that of the approximate Jewish population in France of 650,000 (there are 6 million Muslims in France) a quarter “Are considering leaving (France) in the wake of the attacks targeting the country’s Jewish community.” Sliwa quoted Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum as saying, “Anti-Semitism is not new in France. France never purged itself of anti-Semitism, it just hid it.”

The murder of the Jewish children and rabbi on Monday, March 19, 2012, made headlines throughout Europe and the world this week, and the French ambassador to Israel, Francois Bigot addressed the Israeli Knesset’s (Parliament) Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee last Tuesday declaring that “France will not rest until the perpetrator of the atrocity in Toulouse is found.”  Bigot added that “Hate crimes went against the larger trend in France, which has seen a drop in local anti-Semitism over the past couple of years. He said that in 2011 there were 380 anti-Semitic incidents as opposed to 900 in 2001.”

On the day of the attacks MK Yaakov Katz (National Union) called on Jews to leave France, declaring “there is no Jewish future in France.” Katz added that only in Israel is there a future for the Jewish people, and that Jews should not entrust their fate to Sarkozy, Obama or other world leaders.

During WWII the pro-Nazi Vichy government of France helped deport 75,000 French Jews to their death in Nazi concentration camps.  The French political right that included the Catholic clergy and monarchists persecuted Jewish Captain Alfred Dreyfus in the famous 1894 trial. Numerous expulsions and forced conversions of Jews occurred during the Middle Ages in addition to Jews in certain French provinces being forced to wear a badge following the edict of the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215.   With these events as a partial background, it is no surprise that Jews are sensitive to acts of anti-Semitism in the land of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite (France’s national motto). And, to reaffirm Jewish suspicions, the March 21, 2012 Los Angeles Times referenced results from an ADL survey that compared 2009 and 2012 attitudes towards Jews in France which indicate that nearly half of the French people surveyed hold “classical anti-Semitic notions.”

Former French president Jacque Chirac was reported by Israel Insider to have said on March 1, 2002 that “I would like to say clearly there is no upsurge in anti-Semitism in France.”  Similar assurances have been recently made by President Sarkozy. Protecting the Jews of France requires, however, the protection of the Jews of Israel. And, as long as Israel is vilified in the French media, abused in academia, and betrayed by the French government, anti-Semitism will not abate, and Jews will continue to be vulnerable to such despicable attacks such as has occurred this week. And as long as Muslim radicals in France are not dealt with in the severest way, violence against Jews will continue, and France will not be safe for Jews.

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  • crackerjack

    The export of conflicts through immigrants and minorities is nothing new nor singular. Turks and Kurds wage a silent, substitute war in many guest countries similar to Tamils and Indians, Russians and Georgians, Chinese and Tibetians. The Israeli, Arab conflict is just one of many being exported to France and expecting France to solve the adversary's problems or support exclusivley one side is credulous.

  • Schlomotion

    Lyda Peltz has joined Ya'akov Katz in generating a mass hysteria to scare Jews into an exodus out of France. It boggles the mind that three murders, heinous as they are, result in demagogues trying to convince 607,000 people to flee a country, and doubtlessly into West Bank settlements because "France enabled the anti-Semitism that already existed to rise above surface and become [sic] legitimatized."

    Part of the outcry, according to Puder, is that pundits were outraged that some Jews experienced dislike during Operation Cast Lead, when Israel was dropping white phosphorus on Palestinians. This is supposed to be likable and endearing behavior, and the expected outcome was merriment and camaraderie. However, this was thwarted by the wicked French media. Some street fighting ensued, and three Jews got into fights in France over the next three years, causing "thousands" of Jews to move out of France, leaving hundreds of thousands behind.

    This bodes poorly for France, which is still guilty of the Dreyfus Affair from 1890 and for falling to Germany in 1940, not attacking Iraq fast enough in 2001, and worst of all, for allowing an Algerian diaspora population to develop in the country. This is the fault, according to Puder, of "multi-cultural and [sic] political-correct French elites, who have looked the other way rather than face the violent excesses of many of the Arab Muslim immigrants" but this should not be construed in any way to endorse lone Norwegians to shoot children or bomb banks.

    Maria Sliwa and Daniel Pipes also say France's Jews (which have jumped to 650,000 since the beginning of the article), are still thinking about leaving. They will stay, says Puder, if the wicked French media becomes the kind and admirable Jewish media and begins to run favorable coverage of Israel. Puder lives in none of these countries.

    • Bert

      "Lyda Peltz has joined Ya'akov Katz in generating a mass hysteria to scare Jews into an exodus out of France. It boggles the mind that three murders, heinous as they are, result in demagogues trying to convince 607,000 people to flee a country, and doubtlessly into West Bank settlements because "France enabled the anti-Semitism that already existed to rise above surface and become [sic] legitimatized."
      Schlomotion is extremely ignorant in thinking that three murders alone is upsetting French Jews. Rather it is the ongoing constant attacks on Jews by the six million Muslims in France combined with the callous attitude of the French government.
      And, yes, more and more Jews are choosing to move to Israel where Jews can defend themselves unlike in WWII. France will eventually face a growing hostile Mulslim population that will turn more against them when there are less Jews to attack. France will lose its Jews and be the poorer while Israel will become the stronger. All thanks to the Muslims and their anti-Semitic supporters. It is all working out for the best.

  • montlasky

    Viva le France! Viva France's choice of Sharia law. Viva France's 5,000,000 Muslims. Viva France's coming conversion to Islam. Viva a French Caliphate in 10 years time. All the Viva's add up to the destruction of France as we knew it. From attacks on innocents to defiling the Dreyfus statue, France is as close to 1939 in regard to the destruction of Liberte Fraternite Egalite as you can get and as anti Semetic as was Europe then .
    Boycott yourselves into a frenzy, you only look more like biggots and retards in your knowledge of Middle East history as it applies Israel. Your understanding of Islam and the Muslims is abysmal. This ignorance will come back to haunt you yet.

  • Dispozadaburka

    The French must forget that Jesus was a very ultradox Jew and a master Kabbalist in healing.

  • Marty

    france has the third largest Jewish community in the world. But, just as christians are fleeing iraq and egypt en masse because islamic murderous persecution and intimidation by muslims, french Jews must now read the writing on the wall and, those who are able to do so, should leave for safer places. france will become increasingly hostile to Jews as islam grows in influence and the violence and brutality of sharia law is applied in more and more of the country. Jews must leave while it is still possible. At least this time, unlike the 1930s, there is a secure place for them to go and where they can live in freedom and dignity as Jews unafraid of anti-semitic and genocidal muslims. The french aliyah to Israel should get underway as soon as practical.

    • johnnywoods

      If you think of Europe as a giant body France would be it`s anus so why would any Jew want to live in Europe`s anus?

  • Zena

    Ha! France will soon be unsafe for the French! All those brainwashed frustrated little kids will be young adults soon. Those cultural icons — nudes in the Louvre? They may not exist in 100 years. Or if they do, they will be hidden in a cave disintegrating….

  • Annika

    If I may add one note to this very good article/recap by Joseph Puder, the official count of 6 million muslims, has been the “official” number for close to twenty years! In France, categorizing people by either race or religion is against the law therefore the true number of French-muslims is unknown to the populace. The Gauls (ie: non-muslims) say that if illegal immigration and procreation is taken in consideration, the 6 million count has likely doubled in 20 years; to at least 10 million muslims for a country’s population of 65 million.
    Official reports about the total number of anti-Semitic attacks are no longer reliable, because officials rarely report them as such. Thankfully, there are websites where French Jews can go report anti-Semitic events. France is no longer a free country with a Free Press, because all of France’s Press is subsidized directly and indirectly by government.

    • Schlomotion

      Six doubles to ten? There is proof of this "doubling?" There is no proof of the doubling because France does not force Muslims to wear badges? Which of your statements is true?

      • Annika

        Put on your thinking cap before you read;
        "the 6 million count has LIKELY doubled to AT LEAST 10 million". The truth is in the details, but you are not interested in truth, are you? and neither are French officials.
        Funny enough it took the Americans (Pew Research) to study the issue, although it admits inaccuracies, and does not account for illegal immigrants… Have fun reading, it's in French http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2011/02/0

      • Annika

        Put on your thinking cap before you read;
        "the 6 million count has LIKELY doubled to AT LEAST 10 million". The truth is in the details, but you are not interested in truth, are you? and neither are French officials.
        Funny enough it took the Americans (Pew Research) to study the issue, although it admits inaccuracies, and does not account for illegal immigrants… Have fun reading, it's in French http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2011/02/0

        • Schlomotion

          I bought six thinking caps. No matter what I did, I could not make them double into ten thinking caps because 1.666666666 does not equal 2, even using the metric system.

          • stern

            And the shmo demonstrates that he cannot think, even when provided with facts to think about.

  • muchiboy

    Ironic,to say the least,that Jews who believe France is unsafe for them should seek refuge in occupied Palestine.Seriously,what are they thinking.muchiboy

    • stern

      At least they're thinking, unlike you.

      • muchiboy

        I commented a few days ago on some Russian Jews emigrating to Atlantic Canada from Israel.I believe their story was on CBC radio but I missed the programme and can't find a link.Anyway, one of the immigrants,a women,claims she was made to feel like a Jew in Russia,a Russian in Israel,but a fellow Canadian here.That was nice to hear.Really,if the west and eastern Europe had made the Jew feel at home and secure there would have been less need for a sanctuary in Palestine,or a re-created Israel.Like the cycle of violence,it just goes round and round.muchiboy

        • stern

          and so do you (go round and round, that is).

    • johnnywoods

      Who woke muchiboy up?

    • Annika

      Could it be they are thinking that JUDEA, part of the ancient Kingdom of JUDAH, belongs to the JEWS??

  • Schlomotion

    None of that is true in the slightest.

    • aspacia

      Schlock,

      Actually, it is a fact you fool.

  • Zionista

    Israel is the ancestral homeland of the Jews and is here to stay – get used to it. Israel ill always be a thorn in the side to Jew hating trolls like you. Go stew in the cesspool of your hatred moochy

  • April

    This is all so funny if you really know your history. The only true descendant of Muhammad was Abed Ar Rahman who escaped to Spain when the phony usurpers massacred his family around 700. He had red hair and blue eyes because his mother was a Christian. He had the last true copy of the real Koran, but it was stolen. The Koran is as Christian as the Bible if anyone would bother to read either one of those two books before yapping in ignorance. Rahman and his family, developed the entire region of Spain, southern France up to Albania into a vibrant trading center until the jews took over the Vatican and genocided the Muslim/Christian intermarried families who are now known as the Cathars of Carcassone region. Later the jewish 'bankers' genocided the Christians in what are called the Napoleonic wars, stole all of the Christian wealth and property of France and now Karma is coming around for a visit. Boo hoo.

    • stern

      April showers us with her wisdom. What are you on, girl?

      • Ghostwriter

        April's probably drunk on anti-semitism. You know how it affects some people. It makes them say stupid things.

    • aspacia

      April,

      You know nothing, and posted not one fact.

    • johnnywoods

      April, You forgot to mention how the Jooos also killed the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.

    • KarshiKhanabad

      Holy smoke, what some people are willing to believe. Takes me clear back to the late 1960's with the doped up counterculture and all their claptrap. But it's all dem JOOOOO bankers and their control of world finance & media that really cracks me up.

      Hey, April chickie, I'll make the math simple. Right now six million Israeli Jews are surrounded by three hundred million screaming Arab Muslims in twenty-two nations mostly armed to the teeth. Not counting sixty million goosestepping Iranians led by fanatical ayatollahs, of course. Gee, somehow I think those evil JOOOOOZ just might be the underdogs. So tell me please about the tremendous global Jew conspiracy to dominate the world. You're as laughable as some silly sophomore who just digested her dogeared copy of Kahlil Gabran's The Prophet. Might as well lie down behind an Israeli bulldozer and make a meaningful contribution to the world.

  • Ghostwriter

    There are also French Jews and some Russian Jews emigrating to the United States. But,you wouldn't like that,would you muchiboy? You may be able to hide your Jew hatred but it's still there,bubbling beneath the surface.

  • steven L

    France is no diff from other EU countries. They hate more the Muslims than the Jews. They fear not the Jews but the Muslims definitely. The Fr. Jews are willing to live with the fear.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Friends in France write that violence is in their neighborhood but when Muslim criminal activity takes
    place it is not widely reported and takes a full riot to get the MSM attention, bad days ahead for France.
    William

  • bob maram

    to add a politicalspin to paul valery definitionof negative halluciation ……….. liberals believe that conservatives see enemies that are not there while conservatives believe that liberals do not see enemies that are really there. bob maram

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