France fights 'soft' anti-Semitism, ignores Muslim anti-Semitism

Like the Chelmsman looking for coin under streetlight, French authorities fight 'soft' anti-Semitism, ignore growing Muslim anti-Semitism.

Hillel Fendel,

French soldiers guard the entrance to a Paris synagogue
French soldiers guard the entrance to a Paris synagogue
Photo: Serge Attal / Flash 90

"The French authorities declare that they mercilessly fight anti-Semitism, but the only anti-Semitism they seem to fight or even denounce is the one emanating from the far-right" – which, evidence shows, is dying. So writes Dr. Guy Millière, a professor at the University of Paris and prolific author, adding that all anti-Semitic attacks committed in France for more than the past 20 years were perpetrated by Muslims and Islamists.

"The French authorities know this," writes Millière for Gatestone Institute, "but choose to hide it and look in another direction.

Nine Jews have been murdered by Muslims in four attacks since 2006, and yet each time, "the anti-Semitic and Islamic character of the murders was almost completely erased by the French media," Millière writes.

Even more acutely, none of the French organizations that aim to fight anti-Semitism actually talk about Muslim anti-Semitism, and can therefore not fight it. In fact, some of these organizations even join the CCIF - the Collective against Islamophobia in France - in fighting those who attempt to identify the problem of Muslim anti-Semitism.

Talking about Muslim anti-Semitism on French territory can lead one to criminal court, Millière points out. By way of example, historian Georges Bensoussan was recently put on trial for saying that among "Arab families in France - and everyone knows it but nobody wants to say it - anti-Semitism is imbibed with mother's milk."

Similarly, "new philosopher" and writer Pascal Bruckner was taken to court for accusing left-wing organizations of ideologically supporting the Charlie Hebdo massacre. He has said that the concept of Islamophobia "makes every scrutiny of the Quran, or of Islam as it is practiced, a crime to be punished in court. And this is obviously unbearable…"

Islamic anti-Semitism is such a taboo in France that a documentary on the subject, produced by the Franco-German TV channel ARTE, will not be aired. It was canceled when the station's directors saw that the documentary referred to pervasive hatred for Jews in the "suburbs of Islam," and refused to air it.

A survey carried out for the Institut Montaigne earlier this year showed that a full half of French Muslims under the age of 25 support the ideas of the Islamic State (ISIS). When columnist Ivan Rioufol spoke about this finding in a televised debate, a complaint was immediately filed against him.

Jews who do not have the financial means to leave France. Millière writes, "know that they have to be careful... If they live in or near an Islamized neighborhood, they understand that they must quickly be able to collect their belongings and flee: their lives are at stake and no one will help them if a jihadist murderer comes to murder them."