Anti-Semitic Riots in Paris – Again


Anti-semitic violence flared again in France this weekend as shops were looted and a synagogue targeted in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles. Eighteen youths were arrested after the rampage in which French media showed images of, among other things, a burned-out front of a kosher grocery store. It was one of several looted on Sunday and was also the target of a militant grenade attack two years before.

Youths fought with police, vehicles were burned and widespread looting extended to non-Jewish targets. While protests elsewhere in France went ahead peacefully and with government authorization, some protesters and Socialist politicians were critical of the government for not issuing a permit for a protest in Sarcelles. France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve reiterated that permits for any future rallies would continue to be considered case by case. Sarcelles is a mixed area with a large Jewish population.

With people in the streets shouting “Death to Jews” and one Paris synagogue being firebombed, Francois Pupponi, the mayor of Sarcelles, said the Jewish people of his town are in fear. The anti-semitic rampage was marked by stones and bottles being thrown at riot police, who in turn responded with tear gas. During a visit to the synagogue in Sarcelles, Cazeneuve rejected those that have belittled the ban. He said that, contrary to critics, earlier violence is exactly what prompted the ban, rather than the ban having prompted the violence.

Anti-semitic protestors violently clashed with riot police outside two Paris synagogues last weekend. At least three Jews were taken to hospitals and two nights earlier another synagogue was the target of one or more Molotov cocktails. Peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstrations took place throughout Europe this weekend; however, one report has demonstrators in Berlin attacking an Israeli tourist.

Cazeneuve promised to crack down on anti-semitism throughout his country. France is the residence of both the largest Muslim and Jewish populations in Europe. Violence in the Middle East – such as the two-week old war afflicting Israel and the Gaza Strip- has been seen to trigger anti-Jewish violence amongst Muslims in France. Cazeneuve remarked that there is no justification for such violence. “This will be fought and sanctioned,” he said.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that anti-semitic behavior has taken on a new form by flourishing on the Internet and thus enabling its spread in France’s working-class neighborhoods. He called it intolerable, saying that his country “will not allow provocations to feed … conflicts between communities.”

In the first three months of this year, more Jews emigrated from France to Israel than at any other time since Israel was created in 1948. Factors cited for the mass emigration start with anti-semitism but also include France’s stalled economy.

In the two weeks since fighting began in the Middle East, 496 Hamas militants and Palestinian civilians have died, including almost 100 children. 18 Israeli soldiers and two civilians have also died. Between both sides, 78 people were killed on Sunday as result of the first major ground battle since fighting began two weeks ago. The UN Security Council has called for an immediate cease-fire.

By Gregory Baskin

The Independent

10 Responses to "Anti-Semitic Riots in Paris – Again"

  1. Gregory Baskin   August 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

    “Death to Jews” and firebombing synagogues is, indeed, anti-Semitic.

  2. unantisemitic   August 25, 2014 at 10:04 am

    This is not antisemit.

  3. John Newton   August 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

    It’s not just Paris that is burning, radical Islam is killing thousands of people around the world “and not just Jews”. Radical Islam will soon take full control of all European countries, and then North America is on their list. Sharia Law will be world wide in less than fifty years.

  4. Enigma   July 31, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Shame, other coutries take these people in as immigrants and what do they do? Act uncivilized. All because you are angry at world events you riot and loot like a child!

  5. Ahmed Al-Basir   July 29, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Also, relative to the comment up there about using this as an excuse for having weapons at home, imagine this riot if all the rioters had free access to guns…!?

  6. Ahmed Al-Basir   July 29, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Interesting comment Daniel Lynch. I saw the school books that children in Palestine are given at school. These are sponsored by the UN and the materials is nothing short of anti-Jews and anti-Israel.
    Leaving aside the fact that people obvioulsy cannot differentiate the Jewish and Israeli, the biggest problem in Palestine is that they do live in squallor. All neighboring Arab countries have refused entry to Palestinians and are happy to keep Palestine as a anti-Israel hatred breeding ground.
    This still is no reason to send shells over onto Israel. Hamas is an organized crime and terrorism organisation receiving fund directly from donations and the UN. The ones who should be angry most of all are the non-Israeli Jews who suffer from events completely unrelated to them and happening half-way around the globe.

  7. louise   July 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    BRAVO, Paris, keep up the good work!

  8. Michael Purtell   July 25, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Riots are a pointless, violent and useless cul-s-de-sac. They achieve nothing but further antipathy/hatred. Look at what happened in Belfast – hundreds of deaths, millions lost in property fires, a generation of dysfunctional children. It will take 10-15 years or more to pacify the streets in Paris if the current strategies continue. So political and social leaders really need to get serious and solve this.

  9. Daniel   July 23, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Reason number 6,384,262 not to allow your government to disarm you the way they have done in Europe. When violent murderous hoards from the 7th Century go on their Jew-killing rampages, you wont have to Blanche Dubois for your personal safety like French Jews are at this very moment. (relying on the kindness of strangers/government) Considering their recent history, I have basically ZERO confidence in the French to protect the lives of Jews. When push comes to shove, they will serve up their Jews like raw meat in the hopes that it will save themselves…it wont, but they’re so afraid Muslims.

  10. daniel lynch   July 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    There is no justification for billions of people persecuting fewer than 50 million. This is totally an ugly LSD trip. There are no “pelestinians” they are just plain arabs from a particular place sucking on world and UN handouts. They should take it upon themselves and disperse. Move to Detroit Michigan or something. They live in squallor because none of their arab brethren would accept them. Give them some booze and tell them to chill out. They need sex and drucgs and rock and roll!!!!!


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