As we predicted months ago when Via Meadia surveyed the rising anti-Jewish climate across Europe, anti-Semitic sentiment in France shows no sign of abating. The Jerusalem Post reports on the latest incident:
Three Jews wearing kipot were attacked by 10 people in Villeurbanne, France, near Lyon, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls was quoted as saying on Sunday by the European Jewish Press.Two of the victims were hospitalized. One victim sustained an open wound to the head, and another suffered a neck injury.The attackers were described as being of North-African origin, and beat their Jewish victims with hammers and iron bars, an act denounced as “extremely serious” by French authorities. The attack occurred on Saturday.
The Times of Israel has more:
Joël Mergui, president of the Central Consistory, an umbrella organization working to coordinate local Jewish communities, said the country’s Jews were under constant attack. “Not a week passes without anti-Semitic assaults in France.” . . .The chief rabbi of the Grand Synagogue in Lyon, Richard Wertenschlag, called the atmosphere “unbearable.”“These incidents are becoming more and more frequent, so much so, alas, as to make one take them for granted,” he said.
Anti-Semitism is not just a problem for Jews. It is a pathology linked to deep social and intellectual malaise, and the reality is that a failure to deal with these attitudes and behaviors will mean that other damaging ideas will take deeper root. The persistence of violent Jew hatred tells us that some (hopefully small) number of French citizens are missing some of the essential qualities that members of a successful and prosperous community need to have.