Not going to happen: Muslims and Jews can defeat French xenophobia by looking out for each other

Last night, when they were needed most, the synagogues of Paris were closed on the Sabbath for the first time since World War II.

Jewish neighborhoods in the Marais and on the edge of the city had been in police-ordered shutdown after a comrade of the Kouachi brothers – the Charlie Hebdo magazine killers – took hostages in a Kosher supermarket near Port de Vincennes, killing four.

But after Wednesday’s satirical magazine massacre by Islamist terrorists resulted in the death of 12, France and the world turned to the likelihood that Muslims would become scapegoats.

Media and political debate focused squarely on the risk that the terrorists’ aim of sowing hate and discord and thus isolating France’s Muslim minority – Europe’s largest with estimates of between 6 and 8 million – would come to fruition.

A backlash has begun and it is to be condemned as mosques and prayer halls are attacked and Muslims singled out in an alarming escalation of anti-Islam feeling and action.

It turns out that for all the well-founded anxiety about rising Islamophobia, France’s Jews, already under siege in their synagogues and shops and homes, were first in the frontline…

The “backlash” can’t be much — nothing has turned up in Google alerts yet.  

And any Muslim prepare to show “solidarity” with Jews are obviously not the type who go around killing people anyway.   It certainly won’t have any affect on the legions of Jew-hating Muslims in France.

  • BillyHW

    Ha ha, yeah sure.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Any Jews dumb enough to go along with this charade deserve Muslum “predation”.
    They would absolutely DESERVE it.

    • winniec

      ‘Predatory’ death cult.

    • winniec

      I see your point, but “the young woman was provocatively dressed your Honour.”

  • Pete_Brewster

    Two arselifting scum killed a dozen people in cold blood and Hollande orders the SYNAGOGUES shut down?

    (While the Kouachi brothers watch the show from their five-star in Doha, I shouldn’t wonder?)

    Sorry, this is no longer a joke. France’s Jews need to run like the devil to Israel and stay there, because they won’t know a moment’s peace in France till Marianne dispatches the Muslims to hell or the Messiah returns to do it for her.

  • Dana Garcia

    So Muslims are supposed to protect Jews from… who?

    Meanie Christians?

    Honestly the insanity of this whole narrative of Hebdo being “nothing to do with Islam” is really a new level of looney, even for libs.

    • Frau Katze

      The web is just full of these (free) online sites pushing an ultra-liberal viewpoint.

  • winniec

    The guy who thinks Muslims are in favour of satirical cartoons is an idiot. There can be no ‘sacred cows’ in a secular society.

  • simus1

    “Not going to happen: muslims and Jews can defeat French xenophobia by looking out for each other”.

    Suspect the quote might have originated with a clone of this famous expert:

  • Pete_Brewster

    Re: backlash: Vox have gone on to forward an infographic with a long list of obvious false flags and teenage pranks supplied by Tell Mama UK (check Tell Mama’s Twitter feed if you must).

    The best they’ve got so far: an Arab tough gloated to the wrong white French boys over Charlie and learned a lesson in manners the hard way.

  • Observer

    But we’re the real victims here not the Parisians or the Parisian Jews!

  • Karmel

    I guess they’re going to help by “riding with them” :/

  • How are Muslims like the Jews, past or present?

    Will people bend reality every which way?