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Paris - Anti-Semitic Acts In France Jump, As Divisions Deepen

Published on: February 11, 2019 09:00 PM
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FILE - A man holding a placard reading "I am afraid but I am here" during a gathering on Place de la Republique (Republic square) on January 10, 2016 in Paris, as the city marks a year since 1.6 million people thronged the French capital in a show of unity after attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a Jewish supermarket. EPAFILE - A man holding a placard reading "I am afraid but I am here" during a gathering on Place de la Republique (Republic square) on January 10, 2016 in Paris, as the city marks a year since 1.6 million people thronged the French capital in a show of unity after attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a Jewish supermarket. EPA

Paris - The French interior minister says anti-Semitic acts soared last year and is decrying the “poison” of hate.

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Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Monday night that the total of registered anti-Semitic acts rose to 541 in 2018 from 311 in 2017.

He spoke in the Paris suburb of Sainte-Genevieve-du-Bois, where vandals chopped down trees planted in honor of a Jewish man tortured and killed in 2006. The incident was the latest in a recent string of racist vandalism.

Castaner vows the government will fight anti-Semitism, calling it “an attack against hope.”

He did not link the rise to any specific groups. But some members of France’s yellow vest anti-government movement are known for extremist views, and several anti-Semitic incidents have occurred amid the broad-based movement that started in November.



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 Feb 12, 2019 at 08:36 AM Meloah Says:

I am concerned that in the next conflict between Israel and Palestinians / Hezbollah, violence from antisemites will increase in Europe and people will blame Israel for defending itself; that we bring antisemitism on ourselves...

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