March 9, 2006


Bias Attacks In France Fuel Concern About Blacks (MARC PERELMAN, March 10, 2006, The Forward)

A string of antisemitic incidents in the aftermath of the torture and murder of a young Jewish vendor is fueling concerns that anti-Jewish feelings are spreading in France's black community.

The incidents — three physical attacks allegedly committed by blacks of Muslim descent — occurred in recent days, following the extradition from Ivory Coast last weekend of Youssouf Fofana, the alleged leader of the gang that kidnapped and murdered 21-year-old Ilan Halimi. The alleged involvement of blacks has added a new twist to the wave of antisemitic incidents in recent years, which mostly were the work of young Muslims of North African descent responding to the Palestinian intifada.

A judge charged Fofana for the premeditated murder of Halimi, with the aggravated circumstance that the crime was motivated by race, after evidence surfaced that the gang had targeted Halimi because they believed that Jews are rich and the community would pay a ransom. Fofana has told investigators that the plot was not motivated by ethnicity, but by money, and has denied that he killed Halimi.

"This affair has transformed Fofana into a hero in the eyes of quite a few people," said Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Office of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, a former police chief who has been criticized by some Jewish groups for what they say is his tendency to exaggerate the antisemitic threat. "The attitude of [black] people has changed in recent years."

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2006 4:00 PM

"alleged involvement of blacks has added a new twist to the wave of antisemitic incidents in recent years"

Not a new twist as far as violent crime in general. Vast majority of the car burnings in France were by Sub-saharan Africans.

Posted by: h-man at March 9, 2006 5:07 PM

Yeah, those Tanzanians were wilding....

Posted by: oj at March 9, 2006 5:37 PM

What a tragedy. It is sad when a readily identifiable population becomes an enemy of the folk. What individual unfairness must follow!

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 9, 2006 8:28 PM
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