When I read this article, proclaiming anti-Semitism down in France, I ignored it. Because I didn’t believe it was true. French Jews are emigrating to Israel and elsewhere in record numbers. And the French have a habit of insisting that a Jew-hater is not a Jew-hater.
I thought of that article when I heard the news of the horrific kidnapping/torture/murder case of a young Jewish man by a group of Muslims, who spent weeks entertaining themselves by cutting, burning, and otherwise torturing him while supposedly waiting for a ransom. First, the French police insisted that he wasn’t kidnapped because he was Jewish. Then, they insisted that the torturers didn’t torture him because he was Jewish. Finally, they said, gee, we think they did it because he was a Jew, and they were out to ransom or kill Jews.
The French media is ignoring the anti-Semitism of the case.
Which leads me to wonder what I wondered when I first read the statistics about attacks on Jews decreasing in France: Are they really? Or are the media and the French authorities refusing to report anti-Semitic attacks as anti-Semitic attacks?
It is no comfort to me that the heads of France attended Ilan Halimi’s funeral.
The synagogue’s 3,000 seats were full, dozens more mourners stood in the aisles and many thousands remained outside and could not get in.
During the chilling ceremony, an 8-year-old read the Psalm “I will raise my eyes to the mountains, whence will come my help?” near a giant picture of Halimi.
Neither Chirac nor his prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, addressed the hour-long synagogue memorial ceremony. But a Jewish leader, Joel Mergui, hailed their presence and that of other politicians as “a strong symbol. ”
France’s Grand Rabbi Joseph Sitruk described Halimi’s death as a watershed, saying: “From now on, in France, there will be the period before Ilan and that after Ilan. ”
“Today, I ask all French citizens to all stand up as one man and shout loud and clear, ‘Enough is enough,”‘ he said.
The head of France’s biggest Muslim organization, the archbishop of Paris, two ministers, and the leader of the opposition Socialists were among the hundreds in attendance.
“National solidarity is being expressed,” the prime minister said after the ceremony.
“We are all Jewish tonight,” said town councilor Stephane Jaffrezic.
No. The only Jews that night were the Jews. This is not a watershed. There will be no major changes. More Jews will die, and more Muslims will cheer as this happens. A large portion of the Muslim religion is apparently infested with the most noxious and deep-running of hatreds. We see and hear and read about it regularly, or at least, those of us who follow the blogs do. The mainstream media turns its eyes, looks the other way, and finds excuses to pretend that this was an “alleged” anti-Semitic incident. The Los Angeles Times has the nerve to headline their article “Anti-Semitism Is Alleged in French Torture-Killing ” while publishing these paragraphs inside:
The kidnappers, who called themselves “The Barbarians,” beat, burned and mutilated Halimi during 24 days of captivity in the cellar of a tough housing project in Bagneux, southwest of the capital, according to investigators.
The gang taunted Halimi’s family and a rabbi with anti-Semitic epithets and recited Koranic verses during telephone calls and e-mails demanding wildly diverging amounts of ransom that never were collected, investigators said. The kidnappers also sent photos of the victim with a gun to his head, bound and blindfolded, apparently mimicking images of hostages and abused prisoners in Iraq.
They put their cigarettes out on his face.
He was cut and burned over 80% of his body.
The gang used anti-Semitic epithets. But this is “alleged” anti-Semitism.
When will they get up the nerve to call it flat-out anti-Semitism? When the body is dumped with a tattoo on one arm and a yellow star with the word “Jude” on its chest?
At first, I couldn’t so much as comment on the case, because my first thought after reading about it was too horrible. And I still think it.
I’ll bet they took videos.
I will bet you a thousand dollars that video surfaces on jihadi sites.
I wish to God Europe had the kind of gun laws that Virginia has, and I wish that French Jews could arm themselves. Because the descendants of the Vichy government aren’t doing their jobs. And Muslim imams who continue to preach on Fridays that Jews are the sons of apes and pigs are just as responsible for this murder as the murderers themselves.
J’accuse, radical Islam.