France / 23-03-2014

French interior minister: Anti-Zionism is new antisemitism

Source: JTA

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls called anti-Zionism “an invitation to antisemitism” at a Paris memorial remembering four Jews who were murdered in Toulouse in 2012.


Valls made his remarks on Wednesday – the two-year anniversary of the fatal shootings at a Jewish day school of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler; his two sons, Arieh, 6, and  Gabriel, 3; and Miriam Monsenego, 8.


The old antisemitism of the French extreme right “is renewed,” Valls said. “It feeds off hate for Israel. It feeds off anti-Zionism. Because anti-Zionism is an invitation to antisemitism.”


The memorial was organized by the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities on Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower, where more than 1,000 participants gathered to remember the victims of Mohammed Merah, the 23-year-old Islamist.


 “Criticism of Israel that is based on anti-Zionism — that’s antisemitism today, this is the refuge of those who do not accept the State of Israel,” Valls added.