Fears of anti-Semitism after France attack

2012-03-20 15:50

Jerusalem - Israeli media commentators on Tuesday warned of the growing spectre of anti-Semitism in Europe, a day after an attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse that left four people dead.

"The attack in Toulouse will undoubtedly add to European Jews' feeling of vulnerability," the Jerusalem Post wrote in an editorial titled "Protecting France's Jews."

The English-language daily said that since late 2000, France's Jewish community had "been exposed to the most extensive outbreak of anti-Semitic violence since the Holocaust."

"Due to the rise of both Islamist and right-wing anti-Semitism, France's Jews have grown increasingly uncomfortable," the editorial said.

Israel reeled after the incident on Monday, with several of the victims reported to hold dual French-Israeli nationality, and the country's Haaretz newspaper said the murder could not fail to evoke the Holocaust.

"Many thought that after the Holocaust and the Nazi occupation, French children would never again be murdered in cold blood because of their religion," commentator Sefy Hendler wrote.

"But that's just what appears to have happened."

Writing in the daily Maariv, right-wing commentator Ben-Dror Yemini, criticised international institutions including the UN, saying they displayed little interest in the plight of Jews.

Global jihad on hatred of Israel

"Terrorism continues and is getting worse, but that doesn't particularly interest international organisations, in fact to the contrary," he wrote.

He also warned of growing anti-Semitism in France.

"The problem isn't radical Islam. We can live with that snake and occasionally cut off its head," he said.

"The problem is the support that this hatred has. There's a strong convergence, particularly in France, between the extreme-right, the extreme-left and global jihad on hatred of Israel and the Jews."

Dan Margolit, a commentator for mass-circulation freesheet Israel Hayom, said Israel was inextricably tied to the fate of Jews everywhere.

"The white and blue (Israeli flag) is identified with Jewish blood throughout the world," he wrote, predicting that for some French Jews the incident would push them towards emigrating to Israel or at least putting down some roots in the Jewish state.

"French Jews will wake up, some of them will buy apartments in Israel, though they will remain empty, others who were already thinking of moving to Israel will emigrate," he said.

"Others will invest in reinforcing the security at their schools and Jewish institutions. These measures will be in place for a few months and then for budgetary reasons and after the illusion of calm has appeared, they will be reduced until the next terrorist attack."

Writing in the same newspaper, France's ambassador to Israel, Christophe Bigot, called the incident a "national catastrophe."

"We will not give in to terrorism. Hatred will not prevail. Know that France is more determined than ever to pursue the murderers and bring them to justice," he said.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-20 16:20

    This gunman in France is targeting ethinic minorities that includes blacks & Arabs not Jews only. Thats how it should be seen

      BacchusZA - 2012-03-20 16:50

      There's a large difference between drive-by attacks on soldiers on the street, and a targeted attack on a school where the gunman pursued the children, aged between 4 and 10, into the premises and executed them. The attacks on the soldiers are reprehensible, and are to be condemned in the strongest terms. But to attack a school, to execute 3 children like that? That's on a whole different level, and demonstrates a very different intent behind the attacks.

      Jaba - 2012-03-20 17:01

      I agree, but ask news24 to publish some articles from the Arab world to publicise the murder of the soldiers last week. This specific (copy/past) article is from Israel (YNET) and as such represents one sector – ie the one that suffered the loss in yesterdays attack on the children. It is not Israel’s fault that news24 is not publicizing the murder of the 3 soldiers of African origins. Even though I do agree that many on this site find Israel at fault for things like, the Tsunami in Japan, global warming and world aids – I think we may agree that this time round its not Israel’s fault… oy who am I kidding… im sure in some way some hate filled brainless turd will find a way to pin this on Israel. In the ongoing battle against Israel – any negative news about Israel makes headline news on News24, and the world media – more proof that it is not these rich Jews who dictate what we read & see on tv. The Jews owning the Media is just another blood libel. Is CNN owned by a Jew? How bout SKY, BBC, Aljazira, Time, News24 etc etc…

      Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-03-20 17:32

      The world cant afford a situation were by a nation start to cry out loud as if they ar the only targets. Infact this clearly a racist gunman targeting non native French with slight brown skin. Bad as it is, this might help to unite Arabs, Jews

      Fred - 2012-03-21 02:50

      Jews were the subject of the biggest attempt at human genocide in human history. There's always going to be a focus on anti-semitism, and there should be. This is not at the expense of other groups, for which there can be a focus too. This series of articles focuses on anti-semitism.

      Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-16 21:53

      This has gone viral in Germany & the UK so I can assume that it's affecting all of Europe now as an insurgency or invasion:- Red Leather Jacket -

  • Prudence Pelembe - 2012-03-20 17:11

    Resurrection of Hittler!?! Why now starting to wipe out them Jews!?

  • Jaba - 2012-03-20 17:33

    French Jews represent approximately 1% of the whole French population or about 650,000. They are a respected community of intellectuals and industrialists. Many large French companies are owned by members of the community and the number of people they employ is astronomical in comparison to the community’s small numbers – thus the enormous scramble by the French government to try and protect the small minority and make them feel safer. They have lived on this land before the name France has been invented by the monarchy. During the WWII up to 20% of the Jews living on French soil were deported to extermination camps, which almost none of them had survived. But for the Jews in France the point isn't only about history, it's also about the future and physical survival. The regional conflict in the Middle East has caused French Jews to be used as easy target for those that pretend to be defending the Palestinian cause.

      Jaba - 2012-03-20 17:35

      Feeling uncomfortable between the rise of the local anti-Semitic right, the rise of the local anti-Israeli ethnic and religious minorities and the uncertain protection in the future by the French state, countless French Jews prefer not to wait until the situation becomes absolutely unbearable and already bought second properties in Israel, some have even moved whole businesses to Israel. If in Paris $300,000 can buy only a small studio, in Israel this sum may be enough to buy large 3BR apartments. French Jews buy in; Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Natania, Eilat (holiday homes) and in other cities. Unofficially tens of thousands have bought their second residences just in case.

      Nat Howler - 2014-05-26 22:04

      Jews and France no longer number 650,000. 20 years ago, they did. 30 years ago, possibly as high as 700,000. But as more and more French Jews leave for Israel or Canada, the numbers continue to drop. Last I heard was that it is now down to 530,000 and continues to drop.

  • Nathan - 2012-03-20 20:12

    I can understand why this article states "Fear of Anti-semitism" but surely this is no surprise. Anti-Semitism has been around before the Torah was given to the jews and the Torah warns the jews of anti-semitism will be apart of their lives. Yet, so many enemies have tried to exterminate the Jews and yet no one has ever been successful in doing so.

      Nat Howler - 2014-05-26 22:13

      I beg to differ, but there was no such thing as anti-semitism directed against the Jews specifically prior to the Hellenistic period, with the possible exception of the tiny Amalekite tribe. Even the Egyptians didn't enslave only the Jews but all foreign peoples especially Semitic ones and this is attested to in the Bible. Wars between Jews and other nations in the Bible was not specifically directed against Jews, as these nations warred with each other too. Babylonians and Assyrians also didn't specifically target Jews. The origins of anti-semitism lie with the Hellenistic Greeks, who encountered the one and only civilization unwilling to assimilate into their ways, which they deemed superior. The Greeks placed Jews in a role of middle man minority in Egypt so the hatred of Egyptians would be directed toward Jews not the Greek overlords. Greek cultural chauvinism was the root and cause of poisonous Jew-hatred and it spread into Christianity when the Church Fathers, a century and a half after Christ, developed replacement theology and created the idea that Jews killed Jesus. It was Christianity that spread poisonous Jew hatred. Muhammed had conflicts with certain Jewish tribes but not all Jews, and the Islamic world only learned about this antisemitism as a result of European Christian influence--the Damascus Blood libel in the 1830s being its harbinger. Before that, intolerant forms of Islam targetted Jews together with many others but not Jews alone.

      Nat Howler - 2014-05-26 22:17

      This sick twisted perverted ideology that is anti-semitism has morphed from its original Hellenistic chauvinist form into Christian replacement theology and deicide, which gave rise to numerous lies about Jews, and then this entered the Arab Islamic world in the 1800s as a result of Christian European influence. Since that time, it has morphed into other sick and twisted forms--Right wing antisemitism based on racist ideologies, Communist anti-semitism based on economic ideologies, Islamist anti-semitism based on a gross perversion of the Islamic faith, baseless conspiracy theories thought up by losers with no lives of their own and who cant face their own problems so they blame them on someone else, and cowardly anti-semitism that masquerades as anti-Zionism, which is prevalent at the UN and exists to appease the Arab oil nations.

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