France is daily becoming a more dangerous place for Jews to live: Saturday and Sunday saw two different sets of anti-Israel riots. On Saturday, in Paris, pro-Palestinian individuals burned cars and broken store windows; on Sunday, in the suburbs outside Paris, rioters attacked synagogues. The Toronto Star reports:
An umbrella group representing French Jews, known as CRIF, said Sunday night that the Sarcelles synagogue was attacked. The group said that in nearby Garges les Gonesse, Molotov cocktails were thrown at another synagogue, starting a small fire that was quickly extinguished.
CRIF denounced “fanatic groups” behind the attacks and said anti-Semitic violence “is growing by the day” […]Prime Minister Manuel Valls denounced a “new form of anti-Semitism” on the Internet that he said was spreading among youth in working-class neighbourhoods.
The French government has vowed to crack down.Some will say this is a political problem, not an instance of anti-Semitism, but if you protest Israel’s policies towards Palestine by rioting at a synagogue instead of Israel’s embassy or consulate, then you are acting like an anti-Semite.It’s not just France, and it’s not just Europe; there have also been anti-Semitic attacks in Boston and LA. The Times of Israel:
For the third time since last week, a handful of Jewish students with Israeli flags was surrounded by demonstrators shouting anti-Semitic epithets and—according to two of the students—a tense minute of “pushing and shoving” […]Among other things, the shouts included “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores,” said [pro-Israel student Brett] Loewenstern and other witnesses.
While the violence in France and Germany is more sustained and systematic that what we’ve seen inside America’s borders, those who say it couldn’t happen here just aren’t paying attention.