Wave of New Anti-Semitism in France Hits WW II Memorial
A new wave of anti-Semitism in
As the rampage continues, French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux expressed “horror and sadness” after the latest desecration. The mayor of Marmande pointed the finger at Holocaust deniers who smeared the words “lies,” “Zionism”, “interests” and the dollar sign “$” in red paint on the monument that bears the names of Nazi concentration camps.
Hortefeux said that the anti-Semites "clearly targeted the memory of the deportees and the Jewish community of
Official statements denouncing the new wave have not stemmed it. Last week, the Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) described attacks on kosher stores as a “new demonstration of anti-Semitic hatred.” Swastikas had been discovered at a dozen kosher stores in
Three weeks ago, vandals in eastern France smashed or overturned 27 gravestones at the Jewish
More recently, anti-Semitic slogans and Nazi swastikas were discovered on the walls of the Etz Chaim synagogue in Melun, located in central
Last year’s annual report on anti-Semitism reported a 75 percent increase over incidents in 2008.
Part of the increase was attributed to Israel's Operation Cast Lead campaign against the Hamas terrorist infrastructure in
In 2008, there were some 490,000 Jews living in