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It Can Happen Here: Anti-Semitism in LA, Boston

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.

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  • Pete

    You’re over reacting and blowing things out of proportion. It kind of shows that you don’t really know America.

    • Breif2

      1. I too find Paris-style riots to be inconceivable (that word again) in the States, but “Jews to Birkenau” is not a step in the right direction.

      2. If you had asked the French, most would also have found such developments inconceivable. Many still do.

      3. “It kind of shows that you don’t really know America.” Hasn’t it been a common trope among conservatives in the last few years that America has changed, that we are a different country (for the worse) than we used to be?

      • Pete

        “Hasn’t it been a common trope among conservative s in the last few years that America has changed, that we are a different country (for the worse) than we used to be?”

        Absolutely correct.

    • f1b0nacc1

      While I hope (and believe) you are correct, I will point out that there were many Jews in the 1920s and 30s who said exactly that about Germany. Several of them were my relatives, who didn’t make it out in time

  • qet

    Look at the “protestors” in the photo from the Boston event. All young, college age or near college age. All, or nearly all, Caucasian. They are youths with a lot of youthful energy requiring discharge, and a certain kind of mental makeup channels that energy into fun politically-oriented theater like this event. They are working on their own emotional and intellectual selves. They feel an urge to see and hear themselves doing an activity that feels vaguely like a contribution to some worthy cause. They may even convince themselves that they really believe in the cause of the Palestinian hardliners, but that phase passes pretty quickly. People were doing this sort of thing back in the 80s and 90s, and you rarely see anyone of that age in one of these guerilla theater events today. The adult psyche is different and very few continue posturing on this issue as they did when young. Of course, there are always a few who deeply desire to be professional “activists” and who often use these events as opportunities for discharge of their inherent violent impulses. Those are the ones you have to watch.

  • Corlyss

    Both groups are of an age to have missed the really important civil rights fights and big crusades against Nazism hat would have made their protests relevant and important, so the go in for silly poses and faux “pogroms.” Uselessness personified.

  • Andrew Allison

    WRT the anti-Israel riots in France and Germany, I think that it’s important to identify the religion/ethnicity of the rioters. The MSM and WRM sees to be dancing around the question of whether they are Muslims, which they appear to be ( Their behavior is unacceptable regardless, but if the problem lies with the Muslim 5%-10% of the population in Western European countries the action required is different that if it’s widespread. It’s worth noting in this regard that almost 10% of the Muslims in Europe live in the Paris metropolitan area. The situation in Europe is very different to that in the USA.

  • FriendlyGoat

    There are big differences between people who are anti-Semite (against Jews anywhere) and people who are pro-Palestinian (against Israel’s local actions) and people who are pro-Islam everywhere. Any news story that cannot identify who of these is doing what in places like France or the USA—-well, it isn’t going to be helpful at all.

    • Curious Mayhem

      The problem is that the US media, with a few exceptions, uses vague euphemisms to describe the perpetrators. Furthermore, in much of Europe and most of the Middle East, “anti-semitism” and opposition to Israel are very difficult to distinguish in practice. One set of conspiracy theories and fantasies blends with the other. It’s splitting hairs, a distinction without a difference.

      • FriendlyGoat

        U.S. media people are afraid to offend Islam—-or hardly even mention it, but they shouldn’t be.

  • ElizabethR

    It is almost sickening to see this level of anti-Semitism rising around the world in ANY day and time, but especially in a time where we still have holocaust survivors living, and when we are still trying to heal the wounds of the last time the world saw such a move of illogical hate against the Jewish people.
    The issue of whether people agree or disagree with Israel’s current political choices has NOTHING to do with the hate speech and acts being carried out and ramped up. Many people disagree with political moves and policies all the time, they do not however go around shouting to send the opposing groups to the gas chambers.
    Lets pretend for a moment that the current conflict was NOT going on in Israel. Let’s say that a group of Muslim terrorists from Detroit were launching rockets into others parts of the country, purposely trying to kill Americans, especially non Muslim Americans. How long would ANY of us put up with that?
    No country would be expected to sit idly by and allow rockets being sent into their borders from anywhere, let alone from within their own country. What Hamas is doing is an act of war, it is terrorism, and since it’s war they want, it’s war that Israel is bringing.
    Guess what? War is messy and bloody and innocent people die and it’s horrible and in a perfect world it shouldn’t happen to anyone. Hamas brought this on Gaza and those innocent people. The religion and society that raises terrorists and people who wish to blow up others brought this on Gaza. Israel is doing what they need to do to stop the rocket fire. Israel is doing much much less than any other country would be doing.
    Need we be reminded of the atomic bombs that the US dropped in Japan following their attack on Pearl Harbor? Israel has responded to this continual rocket fire with a passivity that the US has never shown to anyone acting with hostility toward us.
    Why is Israel getting so much flack? Because they are Jews, and anti-Semitism is an evil that knows no reasoning and rationale. I suppose the “Jews” should just accept whatever kind of treatment anyone else wants to give them, while the US sticks their nose and weapons in everyone else’s business… oh, wait, except for when it comes to standing up for Israel.
    I would find it difficult to believe anyone who says they would put up with the rocket fire from Gaza in their own back yard.

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