Cherson & Molschky: Muslim Terrorism and European Jew Hatred: What’s Changed in 35 Years?

Pro-Palestinian protesters in France, during last summer’s Gaza war

In the book Semites & Anti-Semites, renowned author and historian Bernard Lewis introduces the work with a summary of a terror attack on a Paris synagogue in 1980. When a bomb exploded at the synagogue, it killed four people including two non-Jewish passers-by. The French Prime Minister at the time, Raymond Barre, expressed his sympathies for the victims but made an interesting statement:

“They aimed at the Jews, and they hit innocent Frenchmen.”

Now imagine the impact this statement would have had, if “Jews” had been replaced with something else:

“They aimed at the Muslims, and they hit innocent Frenchmen.”

“They aimed at the English, and they hit innocent Frenchmen.”

“They aimed at the Australians… the Italians… the Indians…”

Any of these groups would understand the implication instantly…