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Islamic antisemitism in France: toward ethnic cleansing

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by Guy Millière

 

– Graffiti on Jewish-owned
homes warn the owners to “flee immediately” if they want to live.
Anonymous letters with live bullets are dropped into mailboxes of Jews.

 

– Laws meant to punish antisemitic
threats are now used to punish those who denounce the threats. A new edition of
a public school history textbook for the eighth grade states that in France it
is forbidden to criticize Islam.

 

– Those French Jews who can
leave the country, leave. Most departures are hasty; many Jewish families sell
their homes well below the market price. Jewish districts that once were
thriving are now on the verge of extinction.

 

“The problem is that antisemitism today in France comes
less from the far right than from individuals of Muslim faith or culture”.
— Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

 

Friday,
January 12, 2018. Sarcelles. A city in the northern suburbs of Paris. A
15-year-old girl returns from high school. She wears a necklace with a star of
David and a Jewish school uniform. A man attacks her with a knife, slashes her face, and runs
away. She will be disfigured the rest of her life.

 

January
29, again in Sarcelles, an 8-year-old boy wearing a Jewish skullcap is kicked and punched by
two teenagers.

 

A year
earlier, in February, 2017, in Bondy, two young Jews wearing
Jewish skullcaps were severely beaten with sticks and metal poles. One of the
Jews had his fingers cut with a hacksaw.

 

Before
that, in Marseilles, a Jewish teacher was attacked with a
machete by a high school student who said he wanted to “decapitate a
Jew”. The teacher used the Torah he was carrying to protect himself. He
survived but was seriously injured.

 

In
France, antisemitic attacks have been multiplying.

 

Most are
committed in broad daylight; Jews know they have to be street-smart. Some
attackers break into Jewish homes.

 

In
September 2017, Roger Pinto, president of Siona, a leading pro-Israel
organization in France, was beaten and held for
hours by people who forced open his door.

 

Sarah Halimi, an
elderly Jewish lady, was beaten and tortured in her Paris apartment, then
thrown from her balcony.

 

On
January 18, 2018, six days after the knife attack in Sarcelles, one of the
leaders of the Jewish community in Montreuil, east of Paris, was tortured all night by
two men who broke open a window and assaulted him as he slept.

 

Graffiti
on Jewish-owned homes warn the owners to “flee immediately” if they
want to live. Anonymous letters with live bullets are
dropped into mailboxes of Jews, and state that the next bullet will be fired
into the recipient’s head.

 

The word
“Jew” is painted in capital
letters on Jewish shops and restaurants. On the third anniversary of an attack
on a kosher supermarket in Paris, another kosher store was torched and
destroyed.

 

“One
racist act out of three committed in France in the last two years was directed
against a Jew, while Jews now represent less than 1% of the French
population”, noted the most recent report submitted to the French government by the Jewish Community
Protection Service.

 

“Antisemitism
has grown so much recently,” the report added, “that acts of
aggression which cause no injury are no longer reported. Most victims feel
powerless and are afraid of reprisals if they file a complaint”.

 

Those
French Jews who can leave the country, leave.

 

Those who
have not yet decided to leave or who do not have the financial means, move to safer
neighborhoods.

 

Most
departures are hasty; many Jewish families sell their homes well below the
market price. Some families end up in apartments that are too small, but prefer
discomfort to the risk of being mugged or killed.

 

The
French Jewish community may still be the largest in Europe, but it is shrinking
rapidly. In 2000, it was estimated at 500,000, but the number now is less
than 400,000, and sinking.
Jewish districts that once were thriving are now on the verge of extinction.

 

“What
is happening is an ethnic cleansing that dare not speak its name. In few
decades, there will be no Jews in France,” according to Richard
Abitbol, ​​president of the
Confederation of French Jews and Friends of Israel.

 

Without
the Jews of France, France would no longer be France, said Former Prime
Minister Manuel Valls in 2016 . But he did not do anything.

 

Recently
he said that hehad done his best, that he could not have done more. “The
problem,” he said, “is that antisemitism
today in France comes less from the far right than from individuals of the
Muslim faith or culture”.

 

He added
that in France, for at least two decades, all attacks against Jews in which the
perpetrator has been identified have come from Muslims, and that the most
recent attacks were no exception.

 

Valls,
however, quickly suffered the consequences of his candor. He was elbowed to the
margins of political life. Muslim websites called him an ”
agent of the Jewish lobby” and a “racist.” Former leaders of his
own party, such as former Foreign Minister Roland Dumas, said that Valls’ wife
is a Jew and hinted that he was “under the influence”.

 

In
France, telling the truth about Islamic antisemitism is dangerous. For a politician,
it is suicidal.

 

French
politicians, right or left, know that political correctness reigns, and that
transgressing its unwritten rules leads to being excluded from the media and
effectively ostracized. They know that some words cannot be used any more in
France, and that “anti-racist” organizations ensure that no one
can criticize Islam.

 

A new
edition of a public school history textbook for the
eighth grade explicitly states that in France it is forbidden to criticize
Islam, and quotes a court decision to back up the claim.

 

Politicians
see that the number of Muslims in France is now so large that it is virtually
impossible to win an election without the Muslim vote, and that the
difference in birthrate between Muslims and non-Muslims will make that
arrangement even more obligatory in years to come.

 

Politicians
also see that the country’s 600 “no-go zones” are
growing; that radicalized Muslims may kill, and that violent riots can break
out at any time. In France, more than 500 people were murdered or maimed by
Islamic terrorists in less than four years.

 

Politicians
also see that waves of migrants from the Middle East and Africa have
created slums largely beyond the control of
the police; that French prisons are on
the verge of exploding, and that Jews
have no electoral weight and are essentially powerless.

 

Politicians
therefore choose inertia, denial, cowardice.

 

In French
Muslim neighborhoods, Islamist imams denounce the “bad influence” of
Jews and spread antisemitic conspiracy theories.
French politicians stay silent.

 

Islamic bookstores in France
sell books banned elsewhere, such as the fraudulent Protocols of the
Elders of Zion
, and CDs and DVDs of violent antisemitic speeches by
radical preachers. For instance, Yussuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of
the Muslim Brotherhood, who is prohibited from entering France and the
US, says he regrets that
Hitler did not “finish the job”. French politicians stay silent.

 

Although
synagogues in France have not been attacked since 2014, they all are guarded
around the clock by armed soldiers in bulletproof
vests who are protected behind sandbags, as are Jewish schools and cultural
centers.

 

Meanwhile,
laws meant to punish antisemitic threats are now used to punish those who
denounce the threats.

 

Six years
ago, the author Renaud Camus published Le Grand
Remplacement
 (“The Great Replacement”), a book noting that
Jews and Christians are not only being replaced by Muslims, but that they are
often harassed and persecuted. He lamented the destruction of churches and
described attacks on Jews as a “slow pogrom”. He was condemned for
“inciting hatred”.

 

Recently,
journalist Éric Zemmour observed that in
Muslim neighborhoods, Muslims are now living “according to their own
laws” and forcing non-Muslim people to leave. He was found guilty of
“incitement” and fined.

 

A
reporter who recently made a documentary about
French Muslim neighborhoods, concluded that the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical
Islamist organizations are quickly taking hold of French Muslim communities
while spreading hatred towards the Jews and the West, and that they own many
schools where jihad is taught .

 

The
French government, he added, is financing these schools and is therefore
complicit in sowing the seeds of a devastation that could easily go beyond the
destruction of France’s Jews. “The occupation of the West,” he said, “will be done
without war but quietly, with infiltration and subversion.” No French
television station has broadcast it, nor plans to. The documentary was aired
only in Israel.

 

Anti-Israel
demonstrations support terrorism. People shout, “Death to the
Jews,” but those people are never arrested for “hate speech”.

 

Polls
show that the unhindered dissemination of Muslim antisemitism and the violence
that results from it has led to the rise of widespread antisemitism that
clearly recalls dark periods of history.

 

growing percentage of
the French say that the Jews in France are “too numerous” and
“too visible.”

 

Reports
for the Ministry of National Education reveal that
expressions such as “Don’t act like a Jew”, intended to criticize a
student who hides what he thinks, are widely used in public schools. Jewish
students are more and more often the object of mockery — and not just by
students who are Muslim.

 

A few
days ago, the comedian Laura Laune was the winner on the reality
television series “France’s Got Talent”. Some of her jokes make fun of the fact that
there were fewer Jews in the world in 1945 than in 1939. Jewish organizations
protested, but in vain. Now, she appears to packed halls. The antisemitic
comedian Dieudonné also fills the stadiums
where he performs.

 

Recently,
France’s prestigious publishing house, Gallimard, asked to republish the antisemitic
writings of Louis Ferdinand Celine, a French admirer of Nazi
Germany and a strong supporter of the
extermination of Europe’s Jews during France’s Vichy regime. French Prime
Minister Edouard Philippe said he was in favor
of republishing it, and stressed that one cannot deny Celine’s “central
position in French literature.” Famous Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld replied that the
writings that sent his parents to their deaths “must not be made available
again.” Gallimard postponed the
publication temporarily.

 

A few
years ago, the “duty of memory” — what had been done to the Jews —
was the subject of many articles. Last month, on January 27, International
Holocaust Remembrance Day, not a single French newspaper mentioned it.

 

French
President Emmanuel Macron stayed silent. He published a tweet evoking
“Auschwitz” and the need to “preserve peace, unity and
tolerance”. He did not say a word about Jews or the Holocaust. It is hard
to see in France where “peace, union and tolerance” are today —
especially if you are a French Jew.

 

Dr. Guy Millière, a
professor at the University of Paris, is the author of 27 books on France and
Europe.