Allons enfants

There’s been a surge in anti-Semitism in France.

Thousands of marchers joined French lawmakers in Paris on Sunday to condemn a surge in anti-Semitism in France during the conflict in the Gaza Strip, but arguments over political participation clouded an intended show of unity. 

The protest, called by the leaders of France‘s two houses of parliament, was prompted by a three-fold increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents compared with the whole of 2022, according to French authorities, since the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

Hamas attacks Israel so anti-Semitism increases. Seems fair.

Political figures, including Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne and former presidents François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, headed the march, holding a banner with the slogan “For the Republic, against anti-Semitism“. They led several renditions of the French national anthem.

Interesting. We don’t see that much (or at all?) in the US – former presidents heading protest marches.

“We had grandparents who escaped being transported to the concentration camps, luckily they aren’t here to see that (anti-Semitism) is back,” said Laura Cohen, a marcher in her 30s.

“We shouldn’t have to hide in 2023,” she added, saying her family planned to remove their name from the intercom in their building and the mezuzah, a Jewish religious object, from their door.

A friend of mine who recently moved to Paris from New York saw two guys with semiautomatic rifles guarding a Jewish school in the Marais yesterday. Makes my blood run cold.

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