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Why is the Guardian ignoring recent antisemitic attacks in France? (Update)


Racist attacks targeting French Jews over the last week have included a firebomb attack on a synagogue in Paris and an individual assault on a Jewish teen, representing the latest in a wave of such antisemitic violence in France since the start of 2014.

Times of Israel reported the following in two reports on July 13:

A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza

The firebomb went off Friday night at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported.

Also, in a separate incident on the same day:

…clashes erupted at the end of [a pro-Palestinian] march on Bastille Square, with people throwing projectiles onto a cordon of police who responded with tear gas. The unrest was continuing early Sunday evening.

Media reports said that hundreds of Jews were trapped inside a synagogue in the area and police units were sent to rescue them.

A person in the synagogue told Israel’s Channel 2 news that protesters hurled stones and bricks at the building, “like it was an intifada.”

Media reports said that hundreds of Jews were trapped inside a synagogue in the area and police units were sent to rescue them.

A person in the synagogue told Israel’s Channel 2 news that protesters hurled stones and bricks at the building, “like it was an intifada.”

A day earlier, on Saturday, July 12:

In Belleville, an eastern suburb of Paris, a demonstration Saturday by a few dozen people against Israel’s attack on Hamas featured calls to “slaughter the Jews,” according to Alain Azria, a French Jewish photojournalist who covered the event. The crowd also chanted “death to the Jews,” he said.

These attacks come on top of an earlier assault on a Jew in France, on July 8:

On July 8, the day that Israel launched Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza, a man described as having a Middle Eastern appearance assaulted a Jewish 17-year-old girl on a Paris street near the Gare du Nord train station by spraying pepper-spray on her face, BNVCA also reported.

The girl, identified by her initials, J.L., wrote in her complaint to police that the man, who was in his 20s, shouted: “Dirty Jewess, inshallah you will die.”

Further, these attacks haven’t occurred in a vacuum.  Though these latest assaults may have been inspired by the war in Gaza, it’s undeniable that France (and the Paris region in particular) has seen an elevated level of antisemitic attacks even before the start of the conflict seven days ago.

Though they make up only 1 percent of the French population, Jews are the object of 40 percent of all hate crimes in the country, one of the factors which explain why a record number of French Jews looked set to emigrate to Israel in 2014.

Yet, if you look at the France and Israel pages of the Guardian, there are no reports on the disturbing racist attacks on French Jews.

Guardian France page, July 14th, 10:00AM (Israeli time)

france page

At the very least, it seems quite odd that a media group which fancies itself a champion of anti-racist values would ignore such attacks on innocent Jews.  

Indeed, we’ve often noted that the Guardian’s single biggest problem, as a media institution, relates to such antisemitic sins of omission – their tendency to bury or downplay even the most egregious displays of Jew hatred, both in the Middle East and the West.

Indeed, in light of the Guardian’s ubiquitous reports on Jewish ‘price tag’ attacks against Arabs in the West Bank, moral consistency would seem to demand that such putatively progressive voices at the Guardian would devote as much space to similar instances of ‘collective punishment’ against innocent Jews in the diaspora. 

UPDATE: Several hours after this post, the Guardian published an article about one of the antisemitic attacks in France.  However, it didn’t mention the firebombing of the synagogue in Paris. 

14 replies »

  1. It was similar episodes that made refugees of israel’s Mizrahi Jews who today are more than half of its Jewish population. The original 865,000 were far more numerous than the Palestinian “refugees” sustained these 60years by UNRWA and the West. Israel could have blackmailed the West, but it had more dignity and cared for its own. The Israeli “settlements” will be essential for the numerous Jews being driven out of France, France”s Muslims are making Israel more of a needed homeland for Jews much to the ultimate chagrin of Muslims everywhere.

  2. Not only the Guardian. Look at the Independent, The Daily Telegraph, the BBC or in France the Le Monde and Liberation . The Le Figaro mentions the event but the article’s main part is the justification of it by some green Nazi. I found only one non-Israeli or non Jewish media writing about it the Businessinsider.

    • AP now have a story out about it and it has been picked up by ABC News (US), and also, inter alia, (not necessarily the AP story), Fox News, Toronto Star, the Independent (UK), and Philly.com. In France, Le Parisien and Le Monde are also running the story.

      Sources: Google News: “Juifs + Paris”
      Google Web: “Paris + synagogue”

  3. You are correct Sasha. I checked their main pages only and didn’t find anything. I would expect this kind of news – a pogrom in the heart of Paris – displayed on the main pages of the European papers.

    • “I would expect this kind of news – a pogrom in the heart of Paris – displayed on the main pages of the European papers”

      I agree totally. They have learned absolutely nothing from the Holocaust and that’s one of the reasons why my only loyalty is to the Jewish state. No dual loyalty for me.

      • Sasha, if it were possible, I would send our Statue of Liberty back to France. What do the French know about “equality, liberty”, etc.? Their history is riddled with anti semitism. Anyone ever read the “Dreyfus Case”? That is just one little example. They haven’t changed or learned anything. Truth is, they don’t like the Arab or Muslim people either. But the French are not very courageous so it is easier to hate the Jews. They aren’t afraid of Jews and they see what the others are capable of.

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