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The shooting outside a Jewish school today in Toulouse which resulted in the deaths of a rabbi and three children warrants another examination of anti-Semitism in France.
After all, it was French anti-Semitism during the Dreyfus Affair in the late 19th century which gave birth to the Zionist movement. During WWII, the Vichy regime sent nearly 76,000 Jews to Nazi death camps. In the 2000s, Muslim violence against Jews have prompted many to leave. Between 2000 and 2005, more than 11,000 Jews left France. Most made aliya to Israel while others left for the United States (especially to Florida) and Canada, particularly to Montreal.
France still has the largest Jewish population in Europe and third largest in the world behind only the United States and Israel. But in a country that has become more Muslim in character, the term “sale juif” (dirty Jew) is part of the French lexicon. Of course, these anti-Semitic sentiments are hardly confined to France. Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, stated in January that Sweden is “a center of anti-Semitism” in Europe. It has also been on the rise in neighboring Norway, Italy and, of course, Germany.
Given France and Europe’s recent history with regard to violence against Jews, nine chances out of ten the shooter is Muslim. With a presidential election being held in France next month, you can be sure the politicians both left and right will strike a sympathetic note for the Jews. But what happens after the election? I suspect it will go back to business as usual with French Jews being left with the choice to go to work, to school or to shul living in fear or leaving France altogether.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online