What is happening to the Jews of France, increasingly targeted by antisemitic attacks, is ‘ethnic cleansing’, writes Guy Milliere for the Gatestone Institute. It is of great concern to this blog, since most Jews in France originated in French North Africa, yet is minimised, lied about or ignored.
A view of the Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, site of many anti-Jewish attacks
Those French Jews who can leave the country, leave.
Those who have not yet decided to leave or who do not have the financial means, move to safer neighborhoods.
Most departures are hasty; many Jewish families sell their homes well below the market price. Some families end up in apartments that are too small, but prefer discomfort to the risk of being mugged or killed.
The French Jewish community may still be the largest in Europe, but it is shrinking rapidly. In 2000, it was estimated at 500,000, but the number now is less than 400,000, and sinking. Jewish districts that once were thriving are now on the verge of extinction.
“What is happening is an ethnic cleansing that dare not speak its name. In few decades, there will be no Jews in France,” according to Richard Abitbol, president of the Confederation of French Jews and Friends of Israel.
Without the Jews of France, France would no longer be France, said Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2016 . But he did not do anything.
Recently he said that he had done his best, that he could not have done more. “The problem,” he said, “is that anti-Semitism today in France comes less from the far right than from individuals of the Muslim faith or culture”.
He added that in France, for at least two decades, all attacks against Jews in which the perpetrator has been identified have come from Muslims, and that the most recent attacks were no exception.
Valls, however, quickly suffered the consequences of his candor. He was elbowed to the margins of political life. Muslim websites called him an ” agent of the Jewish lobby” and a “racist.” Former leaders of his own party, such as former Foreign Minister Roland Dumas, said that Valls’ wife is a Jew and hinted that he was “under the influence”.
In France, telling the truth about Islamic anti-Semitism is dangerous. For a politician, it is suicidal.