Antisemitic tag on “Bagelstein”
Paris – The managers of the Bagelstein restaurant in Paris’s 6th arrondissement said on Sunday that they had been the victims of an antisemitic attack. The store window had been graffitied with the German word “JUDEN” meaning “Jews” in yellow paint overnight.
“We discovered the tag on Saturday morning, and it was probably done on Friday night into Saturday,” co-founder of the chain, Gilles Abecassis, told French news agency AFP on Sunday. He added that some of their other windows have also been vandalized in the past.
Abecassis said that he thought the yellow color of the graffiti was significant, not because of the recent yellow vest protests in France, but “maybe for the Star of David,” armbands the Nazis forced Jews to wear.
“One antisemitic tag in the middle of Paris is one too many,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner wrote on Twitter. “Our response: to do everything we can so that the perpetrator of this ignominous act is condemned.”
The Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) called it a “revolting” act that “recalls the darkest hours of history.”
A few hours later, the League Against Racism and Antisemitism (LICRA) also shared the photo, accompanied by a snapshot taken in Berlin in 1938. “Antisemitism, historic channel”, captioned the anti-racist association. “Take it easy, week after week, to have to denounce anti-Semitism, but do not get used to it, give up,” said MP LREM from Paris, Elise Fajgeles, pretending also make the connection between this antisemitic tag and the yellow vests .
Same conclusions from the Union of Jewish Students in France .
L’antisémitisme, canal historique. Paris, 2019. Berlin, 1938. pic.twitter.com/f0iPw7herH
— LICRA (@_LICRA_) February 9, 2019
Ras le bol à force, semaine après semaine, de devoir dénoncer l’antisémitisme. Mais il ne faut surtout pas s’habituer, baisser les bras. Référence â l’Allemagne des années 30, qu’il y a t il après ? pic.twitter.com/fKvmsk8Ojt
— Elise Fajgeles (@EliseFajgeles) February 9, 2019