The streets of France are becoming increasingly unsafe for Jews, and some French Jews took to the streets one recent day in protest.
Following a series of attacks on Jews, highlighted by an assault on a young Jewish couple, a rally against anti-Semitism was held in Creteil, a suburb of Paris.
“We need to make the fight against racism and anti-Semitism a national cause by getting all bodies involved,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said at the rally, which was attended by several hundred people. “The republic will defend you with all its force because without you, it would no longer be the republic.”
Cazeneuve said anti-Semitic acts and threats have more than doubled in the last year; he called for authorities to ensure that “none of them goes unpunished.”
Most anti-Semitic acts in France in recent years — including looting of Jewish businesses and shouting of anti-Israel slogans following Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists in Hamas this summer — are attributed to families of Muslim Arabs from northern Africa. The anti-Semitism has led to record numbers of French Jews packing up and leaving for Israel. An estimated 500,000-600,000 Jews live in France, Europe’s largest Jewish community.
The rally took place near the apartment where three men broke into a Jewish couple’s apartment, allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman and stealing money because “You Jews, you have money.”
It was, according to French President Francois Hollande, an “unbearable attack.” Three men were arrested in connection with the attack.
“Jews feel in danger. Some are already leaving France,” Roger Cukierman, president of the umbrella CRIF organization, said at the rally, according to AFP.