Desecrated tombstones are seen at the Sarre-Union Jewish cemetery, eastern France

Antisemitism in France

On January 5, 1895 the ceremony of degradation of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, the French Jewish artillery officer who was falsely convicted of treason, took place in the courtyard of the Military School in Paris. The event was greeted with pamphlets, articles, and street mobs crying “Death to the Jews.” A hundred and twenty years later, on August 13, 2015, at the one-day celebration at a beach event in Paris called “Tel Aviv Sur Seine,” pro-Palestinian demonstrators chanted slogans, “Jews out of France.”

In France as in other European countries the virus of antisemitism has continued to infect the body politic. Though it has been transmuted into different forms it has remained a problem with historical roots that have contaminated the present. The essential question is why the French political and civic emancipation of Jews did not lead to the elimination of antisemitism.

A timely warning of the presence of antisemitism in France today has come from an official source. In a strong speech in the French National Assembly on January 13, 2015, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declaimed, “It is time to say to those who have not sufficiently reacted to the terrorist acts (in Paris in January) that antisemitism cannot be accepted.”

  • Chris

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  • It’s a good thing France is letting more of these “diverse” people in:

  • V10_Rob

    “Jews out of France” chant Palestinians. That says it all, really. The sense of entitlement, the pathological hatred, the conqueror’s arrogance.

    Leftists and media-savvy muslims keep insisting that they’re not anti-JEWISH, oh goodness gracious no, they’re anti-ZIONIST (an academic distinction without a practical difference). That if Israel up and vanishes there’ll be peace everlasting, and it’s only those nasty nationalist racist Jews at the east end of the Mediterranean who are the problem. No, even if every Jew in Israel dropped dead tomorrow, they’d still be gunning for the rest of them around the world.

  • BillyHW

    France has traded a million Jews for 10 million muslims. Good luck with that you frogs.

  • marty_p

    France was the only occupied nation in WW2 that actually increased their productivity under the Nazis…and the French Resistance was a myth. The French gleefully handed their Jews over to the Nazis for deportation and murder. Pass the popcorn as we all sit back and watch Europe (especially France and Germany) commit national suicide. I am enjoying the show.
    I predict within a generation there will be no more VW/BMW/Mercedes as the Mo’s take over Germany, the factories will fall apart – after all, how many manufactured products do we see in the world today made in Mo majority countries?

  • Hard Little Machine

    While they will be the last holdout in France, for a number of reasons, Jewish life in Europe is winking out. This is the last generation of recognizable Jewish life in Europe. It WILL be fascinating though to watch them specifically slam the doors to Jews fleeing other European nations. We all understand that will happen.

    BTW once the dust starts to settle on these ‘migrants’ the first thing they will get up to is torching synagogues and killing Jews in the street pogrom style.