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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Anti-Semitic Attacks Continue in France

Nadene Goldfoot
Only 3 months ago a rabbi, his two children and another 8 year old girl were killed outside their Jewish school in Toulouse, France by an Algerian-French terrorist, Mohamed Merah. Why?  They were Jews, part of a 500,000 Jewish population in France.   Then French authorities promised to crack down on Muslim extremism and anti-Semitic incidents, but they have become more frequent instead.  What has happened to their resolve?

"The month after this attack there has been 140 such acts" commented CRIF Vice President Ariel Goldman in his chat with Le Figaro.  "This is 1/3 of the violent incidents the Jews had had in 2011.

  Jews there are under constant attack.  "Not a week passes without anti-Semitic assaults in France." said Joel Mergui, president of the Central Consistory which works to coordinate local Jewish communities.  The chief rabbi of the Grand synagogue in Lyon, Richard Wertenschlag said the atmosphere" was unbearable."

Saturday night three 18 year old  Jewish men wearing their kippas  near the southern city of Lyon were attacked by 10 men outside a Jewish center in Villeurbanne.  They were beaten up with a hammer and metal rod in which two had to be taken to the hospital.  One was hit on the head and another hit on his neck.    Police thought the attackers were of "North African extraction."

Incidents like this are becoming more frequent so that the community is taking them for granted.

Jews are also under attack in southern Israel and Palestinian Arabs refuse to recognize the state, and here we have Jews living in France now under attack as well.  Where are they expected to live?  This is why Israel is needed;  a refuge for a people constantly under attack by someone.  Now the problem is just to get it recognized.

The EU has even heard about anti-Semitism going on and their answer to this is to take a survey to see if Jews in Europe feel safe or not.  .  They are asking Jews in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Sweden and the UK about it.  This is a first.  What they will do with the answers will be interesting.  France hasn't done that much and they know it's going on.


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