April 20, 2003

IS EUROPE REALLY A SAFE HAVEN:

War hatred targets French Jews: Rising anti-Semitism and an explosion of vicious attacks has left the Jewish community worried for their future. (Rob Parsons, 20 April 2003, Sunday Herald)
It was not meant to happen this way. The demonstration through the centre of Paris was a massive and largely spontaneous rejection of the war in Iraq. Trade unionists, students, teachers, professional people of all kinds -- a reflection of French public opposition to military action against Iraq . But amid that flood of humanity, drowned beneath the incessant chants and beat of drums, pulsed something altogether more ugly.

A wave of anti-semitism is sweeping France and it's being linked to events in the Middle East. Blamed for the policies of the Israeli government, Jews now fear that they will act as scapegoats for US policy in Iraq.

France, like many European countries, has a long history of anti-semitism. Indeed, the state has only recently accepted the responsibility for the role of Vichy France in the rounding up of French Jews for Hitler's concentration camps. Yet this is something different. The new wave has its deepest roots in the burgeoning Islamic community -- at almost five million, the biggest in Europe. [...]

A recent investigation by France's National Consultative Committee on Human Rights (CNCDH) found that the number of anti-semitic attacks in 2002 increased by six times since 2001, adding that this might be the tip of the iceberg as most attacks went unreported.

The report says the figures were part of a wider trend, which has brought the highest levels of racist violence in 10 years. Last year 38 people were badly hurt in racist attacks throughout France and one man died. Racism, of course, is not peculiar to France but what is unusual is the anti-semitism. According to CNCDH, 74% of all recorded racist attacks last year were anti-semitic.

'While the increase in the number of attacks directed at the immigrant community is significant, the number of attacks directed against the Jewish community has truly exploded,' the report claimed.

Many Jews blame government policy in the Middle East, which they say, has repeatedly failed to draw a distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-semitism. When the French Foreign Minister, Dominique de Villepin refers to the 'pro-Zionist' lobby in the US administration and claims the Washington hawks are in the hands of Israeli leader Ariel Sharon, they see proof of their suspicions. The fear is that the anti-war sentiment encouraged by President Jacques Chirac could degenerate into widespread violence against Jews. It is perhaps the reason for the recent surge in Jewish emigration from France to Israel.


This is a society whose currency you'd choose over the dollar? Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2003 1:08 PM
Comments

All class based or socialist oriented governments need an enemy class. In Europe, the Jews have always fit the bill to one degree or another. It is the simplest and least expensive way for the regime to explain away it's own failures.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford, Ct. at April 20, 2003 2:54 PM

Jeez, what an awful mess.



With that said, we read:



"The report says the figures were part of a wider trend, which has brought the highest levels of racist violence in 10 years. Last year 38 people were badly hurt in racist attacks throughout France and one man died. Racism, of course, is not peculiar to France but what is unusual is the anti-semitism. According to CNCDH, 74% of all recorded racist attacks last year were anti-semitic."



Hmm. Only 38 people hurt and one killed in "racist attacks" in all of France? I wonder what that actually means.



You hear similar statistics about American "bias crimes," which are thoroughly unreliable. Media and government blinders lead to a vast under-reporting of "hate crimes" committed against the majority.



Given what I've heard about Muslim immigrant crime rates (especially rapes) in the Paris suburbs and elsewhere, I'd be shocked if there weren't also dozens of violent "racist incidents" against non-Jewish Frenchmen and -women last year that simply weren't viewed or reported as such.

Posted by: TM at April 20, 2003 9:06 PM

"Shocked" is a little strong (above). But based on what I've read, I expect that is the case and would be surprised to learn otherwise.

Posted by: TM at April 20, 2003 9:09 PM

Well, if in England it is a crime to report a

burglary of your house by a non-white if you

are white, I expect the French to do no less,

so I'd bet you're right, TM

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 21, 2003 12:59 AM
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