300 French leaders condemn rising tide of anti-semitic violence; demand action against radical Islamists

300 French leaders condemn rising tide of anti-semitic violence; demand action against radical Islamists

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More than 300 French dignitaries and stars, including ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and actor Gérard Depardieu, have signed a manifesto denouncing a “new antisemitism” marked by “Islamist radicalisation”, following a string of killings of Jews.

VIDEO: [RT News] Clip interviewing multiple victims of anti-semitic violence throughout France


France’s Jewish community of more than half a million is the largest in Europe but has been hit by a wave of emigration to Israel in the past two decades, partly due to the emergence of virulent antisemitism in predominantly immigrant neighbourhoods.

“We demand that the fight against this democratic failure that is antisemitism becomes a national cause before it’s too late. Before France is no longer France,” reads the manifesto, to be published in the county’s Le Figaro newspaper on Sunday.

The signatories condemn what they called a “quiet ethnic purging” driven by rising Islamist radicalism, particularly in working-class neighbourhoods. They also accuse the media of remaining silent on the matter.

“In our recent history, 11 Jews have been assassinated – and some tortured – by radical Islamists because they were Jewish,” the declaration reads.

The latest attack to rock France took place last month when two perpetrators stabbed Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Jewish woman, 11 times before setting her body on fire, in a crime treated as antisemitic. Her brutal death sent shockwaves through France and prompted 30,000 people to join a march in her memory.

Condemning the “dreadful” killing, the president, Emmanuel Macron, reiterated his determination to fight antisemitism.

This article continues at [UK Guardian] ‘Ethnic purging’: French stars and dignitaries condemn antisemitism

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  1. Our Jewish friends are fearful. I recently had opportunity to ride beside a young conservative Jewish man from California as we returned home from Israel. After I told him how much I loved Israel and its people, he immediately opened up about what he observed was happening. The state of affairs in France has been brewing for many decades, but it has now boiled over with all the unrest in the Middle East and in Europe. He was greatly concerned about what was happening to Jewish people in France. My friend and I had just that morning expressed our amazement at the construction of housing units in Israel as we traveled to Ben Gurion Airport. I now understand, as Jewish families flee France and other places to return “home” to Israel. It is a sad state of affairs that we are now in a war where religious zealots of radical Islam are murdering and torturing Jewish people in France and elsewhere. It’s time to stop it before it’s too late.

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