Roger L. Simon reports on more anti-Semitic attacks in France, including the arson of a Jewish community center.
The French government, to its credit, is doing something about anti-Semitism. At the same time, the way in which legitimate criticism of Israel has slid into a tacit acceptance of casual anti-Semitism is one of the largest contributing factors to this violence.
The argument that anti-Semitism is driven by Israel is simply unacceptable. When a few nuts attacked Muslims in the US after September 11, people didn’t make the excuse that the actions of the Muslim world gave them any justification for doing so – in fact, the President of the United States appeared in a mosque specifically to condemn such actions and make it absolutely clear that Muslims are not our enemies.
French Jews are not Israelis. Arguing that the horrendous crimes against them have anything to do with events in Israel is a dodge that provide rhetorical cover for anti-Semitism. At best it’s illogical, and worst it’s abject anti-Semitism. Until such prevalent public attitudes disappear, the unacceptably high levels of anti-Semitism in Europe are unfortunately likely to continue.