Violence outside Paris synagogue falsely attributed to anti-Semitism (Updated)

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A YouTube video showing events preceding a well publicized stand off in front a Paris synagogue that shows the violent encounter was provoked by members of the Jewish Defense League.

Update:

Mondoweiss’ story has been confirmed by the President of the Synagogue de la Roquette.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HjALn7U44E

Incidents rue de la Roquette: Serge Benhaïm dément toute attaque de la synagogue – 18/07/2014 à 19h00

In an interview broadcast Friday on the 24-hour news channel i-Télé, Serge Benhaïm said that there was “not a single projectile thrown at the synagogue” and that “at no moment, were we ever physically in danger.” (“Pas un seul projectile lancé sur la synagogue”. “A aucun moment, nous n’avons été physiquement en danger.”)

While Benhaïm did not describe the street fight outside as resulting from a JDL “provocation”, he did say that the extremist group smashed up a cafe on Rue de la Roquette (“le président de la synagogue de la rue de la Roquette confirme également que la LDJ a ‘cassé des chaises et des tables’) in order to confront pro-Palestinian demonstrators (“pour aller livrer ce face-à-face”). He added that he did not condone the action, and described the JDL as having a “bad reputation” using a French phrase — “une renommée un peu sulfureuse” — that is not done justice by a literal translation.

Benhaïm added that he believes rumors of an attack on the synagogue were spread due to “‘confusion’ between the events that happened near a synagogue at Aulnay-sous-Bois” — a reference to a firebomb thrown at a synagogue in the northeast suburb two days prior to the July 13 demonstration.

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the front of the synagogue was attacked. No one was hurt and the building only suffered “minor damage.”

It was not, however, something that could be effortlessly and shamelessly linked to thousands of people in the street showing solidarity with the 1.8 million inhabitants of an open-air prison who are currently being bombed by one of the world’s most powerful states.

Original Post:

From multiple expulsions in the Medieval era to L’Affaire Dreyfuss and Vichy collaborationism, French Jews have every reason to be wary of antisemitism. And, sadly, despite the fact that 89 percent of French citizens this year reported having a favorable opinion of Jewsantisemitism appears to be on the rise in the Fifth Republic.

But a violent incident that took place in Paris on Sunday widely described as antisemitic, using this narrative as the background, was actually a street fight between pro-Palestinian demonstrators and the Jewish Defense League; one that appears to have been started by the extremist latter in support of Israel’s ongoing bombing campaign that has thus far claimed the lives of almost 200 Palestinians – 80% of them civilians.

That hasn’t stopped powerful anti-Palestinian voices in the U.S. from using Twitter to appropriate the incident for their cause. On the same day he declared there to be a causal relationship between the mass killing of Palestinians by the IDF and the existence of Jews around the world, former Iraq War salesman David Frum highlighted the alleged attack amid his stream of sabre-rattling consciousness. Former IDF Prison Guard and admitted beater of Palestinian detainees Jeffrey Goldberg characterized the violence as “Jews Trapped by Rioters in Paris Synagogue” and questioned whether or not the incident was cause for migration. Dan Gainor, a “nondenominational Chrsitian” and waterboy for a right-wing media watch dog called “Media Research Center” declared, in a refreshingly honest fashion for a bigot, that “France shows what happens after lots of #Muslim immigration: Jewish synagogue attacked, besieged.” Avi Mayer, the social media guru for the Zionist NGO, the Jewish Agency of Israel, declared the incident to be an “anti-Semitic riot, which masqueraded as an anti-Israel rally.” Yair Rosenberg, a writer for Tablet Magazine and employee of the Israeli State Archives, posted a video of the incident, describing the clip as capturing “anti-Israel protesters beseiging [sic] it and rioting outside” (it shows pitched battles in the street, filmed from inside the synagogue):

He then used his inaccurate description of the 25 second video to effortlessly justify both Israeli ethnic cleansing and the IDF’s most recent massacre of Palestinians. “With European anti-Semitic attacks spiking during Israel’s operation,” he declared, “starting to get feeling that some anti-Zionists might not like Jews.” And J-Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-Peace” lobbying group that falsely portrays the ongoing subjugation of Palestinians in as a conflict between equal factions, decried the incident, describing it as “our brothers and sisters in Paris trapped inside a synagogue on Shabbat, pelted with rocks, surrounded by crowds with sticks and chairs and calling for Jewish blood.”

Unfortunately for the aforementioned hawks and the reporters upon which they relied, the incident was far from an antisemitic attack – a fact laid bare by readily available information.

One of the loudest voices denouncing this false characterization belongs to a Jewish woman named Michèle Sibony, a member of the Union Juive Francaise pour Le Paix – The French Jewish Union for Peace. Sibony, incensed by what she described as an Islamophobic report of the demonstration on a Nouvel Observateur blog, penned an open letter to its editor. Posted on the UJFP website, her side of the story in question, as interpreted by Mondoweiss, is as follows:

“Protester thugs tried to attack the Synagogue de la Roquette? You cite, without flinching, a ‘testimony of the JDL.’ The announcement of the JDL assembly you mention, in support of Israel before the Synagogue de la Roquette, was organized with the eloquent title ‘Keep Calm and Kill Hamas.’ Curiously, when a rally for war crimes takes place in front of or inside a Synagogue, the injection of religion in politics does not shock you, nor does it even register. It requires no commentary from you. It is sufficient to insinuate that the [pro-Palestinian] demonstration was antisemitic. You need that for your cause: silence about crimes in Gaza, of which you say nothing.

So I’ll tell you what I, a poor Jewish infidel, saw…at this protest:on the Boulevard Beaumarchais, right near the Chemin Vert Métro stop, four or five JDL types perched on a bench, completely surrounded and protected by two rows of riot cops, threw projectiles and insults at the crowd. Cops and officials begged the crowd to not lose its cool and respond to provocations – what they were waiting for. Of course, as crowds dispersed, there were fights at the entrance of the Synagogue de la Roquette, as expected, I dare say.”

Sibony also makes no apology for Islamist rebels, declaring that Palestinians have the right to resist Israel’s occupation on their own terms:

The [Israeli] army has occupied and stolen their lands, and they refuse to submit. They’re fighting for liberty, for national liberation, and the independence of Palestine, and against eradication, pure and simple, declared by Israel, for resisting! Yes, Hamas and Jihad militants are resisting the occupation, as all Palestinian political groups are, and even if my heart is to the left, I respect them. Especially when the agenda is their dehumanization, their demonization, and their eradication at all cost. Wouldn’t anyone – white Christians, atheists on the left, or the right wing limousine set – have a title as beautiful as resistance fighter?

But whether or not one disagrees with Sibony’s characterizations of Hamas, which have been applied to many others combating occupation without controversy, a video of the incident on Rue de la Roquette lends credence to her story:

The video, posted on Monday by a user whose library doesn’t appear to include any other video on Israel or Palestine (unlike the anti-Palestinian YouTube user who posted the video shared by Rosenberg), is titled “Pro-Israelis who break everything in front of the Synagogue on Rue de la Roquette” (“Des pro-israéliens qui cassent tout devant la synagogue de la rue de la Roquette”).

As promised, the video shows extremist Zionists (who had said the day before that they would appear outside of the Synagogue “to support Israel, where the population lives under the rhythm of sirens”) smashing chairs and tables to make weapons. The group forms barricades before pursuing pro-Palestinian demonstrators while yelling “Palestine, we fuck you” (“Palestine, on t’encule”) and throwing missiles. The JDL members pursue the demonstrators, but stop at the nearest intersection. A stand-off ensues, until pro-Palestinian demonstrators themselves respond with militancy and charge, bearing a hastily-cobbled together armory of their own. The JDL members, minus a few comrades who were attacked, retreat behind a line of riot police, and take refuge near the synagogue – without a hint of irony, in light of cynical accusations that Hamas has been employing “human shields” in one of the most densely populated strips of land on earth. The pro-Palestinian combatants withdraw soon after, closely watched by police.

Nowhere does this violence appear to be motivated by hatred of Judaism. But that hasn’t led any of the previously mentioned journalists, flack or their sources to issue corrections.

This is not to say that antisemitic attacks don’t occur in France. Also on Sunday, for example, not far from the Synagogue de la Roquette, the Synagogue de la rue des Tournelles was targeted by a few individuals in an attack that lead to several arrests. Yet, unlike the vivid images captured outside the Synagogue de la Roquette, the rue des Tournelles incident didn’t fuel wild rumors of a mob siege depicting a sizable part of the pro-Palestinian march as antisemitic — an extremely powerful, but ultimately false, tale in these combustible times.

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  1. Justpassingby
    July 15, 2014, 4:06 pm

    Why is jdl still not considered terrorists one wonder when one sees this video.
    Note how they run to the cops. Pathetic.

    • Kay24
      July 15, 2014, 5:43 pm

      From Wikipedia:

      ” it was classified as “a right-wing terrorist group” by the FBI in 2001.[3][4] According to the FBI, the JDL has been involved in plotting and executing acts of terrorism within the United States.[3]”

      The JDL was responsible for killing Alex Odeh in California. The criminals ran to Israel, where they still hide today, and Israel protects them. American officials who went to Israel, were given a hard time by Israelis.

      I wonder why Europe still mollycoddles them.

      As the videos show, they are a destructive lot. Reminds me of the settlers and their antics.

      • lysias
        July 15, 2014, 5:54 pm

        Despite the identical name and a very similar ideology, the French Ligue de défense juive claims to be an entirely different organization from the JDL and to have no relationship with Rabbi Kahane. The French Wikipedia article on the LDJ suggests that this is to avoid an action that would legally dissolve the LDJ:

        Selon Yair Cohen, un des porte-paroles de LDJ en 2009, cette organisation est « une organisation sioniste qui s’efforce tous les jours de lutter contre l’antisionisme donc contre l’antijudaïsme ou l’antisémitisme »11. Selon lui, la LDJ regrouperait « une centaine d’adhérents, des jeunes entre 18 et 35 ans, en région parisienne »11. Il affirme qu’en cas de « menace grave pour la communauté » cette organisation pourrait mobiliser un millier de personnes. Il nie toute relation avec le mouvement Kach, interdit en Israël et la Jewish Defense League interdite aux États-Unis, expliquant qu’elle « était indépendante et n’avait aucun contact avec ces mouvements » tout en admettant partager le même logo que ces deux organisations11. Selon Jacques Leclercq, dans son dictionnaire des Droites conservatrices, nationales et ultras, cet abandon des références à Kach et Kahane Chai a pour but d’éviter le processus de dissolution2.

      • Kay24
        July 15, 2014, 6:12 pm

        Okay, I did not know that. I stand corrected.

  2. Palikari
    July 15, 2014, 4:13 pm

    I’m not a JDL supporter, but in this case the JDL members were just defending themselves and their community from attacks by anti-Semites. What’s wrong with that?

    • Annie Robbins
      July 15, 2014, 4:48 pm

      did you read the text to the article?

      As promised, the video shows extremist Zionists (who had said the day before that they would appear outside of the Synagogue “to support Israel, where the population lives under the rhythm of sirens”) smashing chairs and tables to make weapons. The group forms barricades before pursuing pro-Palestinian demonstrators while yelling “Palestine, we fuck you” (“Palestine, on t’encule”) and throwing missiles. The JDL members pursue the demonstrators, but stop at the nearest intersection. A stand-off ensues, until pro-Palestinian demonstrators themselves respond with militancy and charge, bearing a hastily-cobbled together armory of their own. The JDL members, minus a few comrades who were attacked, retreat behind a line of riot police, and take refuge near the synagogue – without a hint of irony, in light of cynical accusations that Hamas has been employing “human shields” in one of the most densely populated strips of land on earth.

    • Daniel Rich
      July 15, 2014, 5:07 pm

      @ Pk,

      Q: I’m not a JDL supporter, but in this case the JDL members were just defending themselves and their community from attacks by anti-Semites.

      R: You might be the mighty Myrmecophaga Tridactyla, but using your tongue to lick your nose, well, that just sucks. Anti-Semites [Muslims/Arabs?Palestinians excluded], eh?

      Oops, I see there’s still 2 Palestinians left to kill. Bomb on now…

    • tree
      July 15, 2014, 5:38 pm

      No, they clearly stated in their tweet the night before that they were planning a demonstration in support of Israel’s bombing of Gaza right outside of the synagogue. Great way to “protect” your synagogue by insinuating that they endorse your violent extremism. Talk about using human shields, this is a good example of it.

      Besides if you look at the short video shot from the synagogue there is no one attacking the synagogue itself. People are running back and forth in front of it, but no one is attacking it.

      • Elliot
        July 15, 2014, 5:55 pm

        Besides if you look at the short video shot from the synagogue there is no one attacking the synagogue itself. People are running back and forth in front of it, but no one is attacking it.
        That is true. This important distinction should be used to counter the insinuations and outright lies of the anti-Palestinian camp.

      • tree
        July 15, 2014, 6:23 pm

        In fact I can’t spot one person within the whole video who is even looking at the synagogue. Whatever is going on outside – and it looks like possible hooliganism from both sides -it has nothing to do with the synagogue, and is in no way an attack on it.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 16, 2014, 2:46 am

        it makes a certain sense for the jdl to hold their demo in that location, especially if their intent was to instigate conflict with people who showed up to suppoert gaza. one could use it for propaganda purposes by claiming the action took place in front of the synagogue purely for propaganda purposes for radical international inflammatory headlines claiming pro palestinian protesters were attacking the synagogue.

        nah, too complicated, too mush conspiracy. the integrity of jdl is so outstanding, it wouldn’t occur to them.

      • tree
        July 16, 2014, 6:43 am

        Annie, Did you notice down thread that Sumud and Sycamores figured out that the cell phone video supposedly taken from inside the synagogue was actually taken from a different location over a block away?

    • Marnie
      July 16, 2014, 9:06 am

      Could you explain what an antisemite is, because it sounds more and more like an antisemite is anyone who disagrees with jews, zionism and/or the state of israel. It’s pathetic the way it’s being used to divert whatever is unpleasant to jews so as to cause a distraction and work on guilt or create guilt or whatever feelings of discomfort in the party that has caused said jews unpleasantness. Must be really wonderful to have a magic word to throw around every fucking time you don’t get your way. There is the very real possibility; however, that a genuine case of antisemitism is missed because of all the phony accusations being thrown around. So antisemitism kind of means “you don’t love me/like me/worship me/kiss my ass/do what I say/follow me blindly/hate who I hate” and zionism means never having to say your sorry.

      • -Alienkh-
        July 16, 2014, 10:25 am

        While it’s true that Israel uses the term as a default defense against any criticism, don’t think that particular brand of racism isn’t very much real, and very much strong (at least in France).
        It’s the mirror to islamophobia (that actually targets both Muslims & Arabs, here), but they are a serious problem, and spreading fast.

        You will find racists wishing seriously for all Jews to disappear among the “supporters” of Palestine here, just like you will find the racists depicted in this article calling out “fucking Arabs, fucking Negroes” among the pro-Israel “fans”.

        And it’s not just words: these jerks walk around in groups, and attack perceived members of the “wrong” other group every day. Sometimes they even brag about it on social media…

        The problem is, the deep racism rampant in France is never addressed. It’s there all the way into the government (our beloved Prime Minister famously said that Roma people are “culturally incompatible” with France, and “are destined to be sent back to Romania”. Then expressed shock and horror when a teenager was lynched…)

        That’s why it’s just as important to acknowledge & address the racism where and when it exist, than to debunk the false accusations like this “atack on a synagogue”.
        Both branches of the antiracism fight are primordial.

    • pjdude
      July 16, 2014, 12:36 pm

      automaticly beliving the JDL lies does make you a JDL supporter

    • DICKERSON3870
      July 17, 2014, 1:01 pm

      RE: “I’m not a JDL supporter, but in this case the JDL members were just defending themselves and their community from attacks by anti-Semites. What’s wrong with that?” ~ Palikari (from above)

      HERE’S WHAT’S WRONG WITH “THAT”, PALIKARI: If the French JDL (a/k/a Ligue de Defense Juive) is/are “just defending themselves and their community from attacks by anti-Semites”*, then they are using TERRORISM to do so.

      * I personally do not think that the French JDL (a/k/a Ligue de Defense Juive) are “just defending themselves and their community from attacks by anti-Semites”. Not by a long shot. In point of fact to the contrary, leaders/officials of mainstream Jewish groups in France have been quoted in recent news articles as saying that the violent actions of the French JDL (a/k/a Ligue de Defense Juive) are FOMENTING/ENCOURAGING anti-Semitism in France! Perhaps, like good Zionists, they are fomenting/encouraging anti-Semitism in France in order to spur the emigration of French Jews to Israel and the occupied West Bank!

      SEE THIS VIDEO – “JDL France: Exporting Israeli Agession”, by Gilad Atzmon, gilad.co.uk, 6/23/14
      Jewish terrorism at your doorstep – We are all Palestinians
      LINK – link to gilad.co.uk

      ALSO SEE THE THREE ARTICLES EXCERPTED IN MY COMMENT BELOW – link to mondoweiss.net

      • DICKERSON3870
        July 17, 2014, 1:42 pm

        P.S. LASTLY, SEE: “France’s soaring anti-Semitism lures Jewish Defense League vigilantes out of shadows”, By Cnaan Liphshiz, jta.org, June 25, 2013

        PARIS (JTA) — With scooter helmets in hand, a man called Yohan and six buddies stroll around Paris’ 20th arrondissement. The seven look much like a typical group of French students — until they locate a group of Arab men they suspect of perpetrating an anti-Semitic attack the previous day.
        Using their helmets as bludgeons, members of France’s Jewish Defense League, or LDJ, set upon the Arabs and beat them. Several of the Arabs attempt to escape in a blue sedan, but the LDJ members pursue the vehicle, causing it to crash into a stone wall.
        The attack last August, filmed by a television crew shooting a documentary on LDJ, was one of at least 115 violent incidents that critics attribute to the group since its registration in France in 2001
        — a year after the eruption of the second intifada in Israel and the sevenfold increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the 12 years that followed*. . .
        . . . The group, which numbers about 300 members, is now on a collision course with France’s Jewish establishment, which has condemned its activities and threatened a lawsuit.
        French authorities have ignored calls to ban LDJ, though in Israel the Kach movement, also founded by Kahane, has been outlawed.
        The French government’s apparent acquiescence may have inspired LDJ to ratchet up its deterrent potential by showcasing its activities following the murder of four Jews in Toulouse last year by a Muslim extremist.
        LDJ traditionally had shied away from media attention. But in the weeks after the killings, which was followed by a 58 percent increase in attacks on Jews in France over the year before, LDJ for the first time allowed a television crew to tag along on a number of guerrilla operations.
        In addition to the helmet assault, Ayache was filmed calling for revenge killings in posters he and his group posted around central Paris. When a police car neared, Ayache told officers that he and his friends were working on an art project. The police officers wished him a pleasant evening and drove away.
        Ayache also was filmed attempting to storm a performance of the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne.

        “Since when is it illegal to run?” a brazen Ayache told the police after they detained him.
        Another sequence shows Ayache firing a pistol at a shooting range. . .
        . . . LDJ’s growing assertiveness has further strained the group’s already tense relationship with the CRIF, the umbrella body of French Jewish communities.
        In April, CRIF’s former president, Richard Prasquier, said he would sue LDJ for defamation for posting a photograph on its website depicting him with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The caption accuses Prasquier of “pardoning [a] killer.”

        LDJ, meanwhile, has accused CRIF of being undemocratic, obsolete and ineffective.
        . . . CRIF declined to comment.
        Earlier this month, LDJ announced that its “soldiers” had put a young Arab in the hospital with a coma, “a rapid and effective response” to the man’s attack on Jews at Saint-Mande, just east of Paris.
        The announcement drew calls to ban LDJ. As criticism mounted, LDJ retracted the statement and denied any involvement in the violence.
        Cohen told JTA the person who published the “false statement” had been removed from the group and that the violence actually resulted from a drug deal gone sour.
        A spokesperson for the Saint-Mande municipality confirmed that account.
        Still, the events at Saint-Mande resulted in a public row between LDJ and CRIF, which on June 4 blamed LDJ for the violence at Saint Mande and for subsequent calls “to take revenge against the Jews.”
        Cohen said CRIF is looking for a “scapegoat” to distract from its failure to prevent attacks on Jews through outreach and education. He also denied the group engages in violence, despite ample evidence to the contrary.
        Besides the television footage, a French court last week sentenced LDJ activist David Ben Aroch to six months in prison for an attack he staged with another LDJ member at a Paris bookstore owned by a pro-Palestinian activist.
        Aroch’s accomplice, Jason Tibi, was sentenced to four months for the attack at Librairie Resistance that sent the two victims to the hospital for days.
        It may have been a real-life demonstration of what one masked LDJ boss recently called “treatment a la Israel” during a speech at a secret training camp in France. . .

        SOURCE – link to jta.org

  3. Daniel Rich
    July 15, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Guess what… I don’t give a *f* any longer.

    Let’s deal with this the Chicago way.

  4. Stephen Shenfield
    July 15, 2014, 4:42 pm

    Another Zionist attempt to provoke — or, if they can’t provoke, fabricate — anti-Semitism. The air they breathe.

    • Mooser
      July 16, 2014, 2:32 pm

      “Another Zionist attempt to provoke — or, if they can’t provoke, fabricate — anti-Semitism. The air they breathe.”

      I absolutely agree. It is if not their essential raw material (that’s us) it is their required catalyst. And inciting any bigotry against non-Jews they can encourage amongst Jews. All grist for their mill.

  5. Sumud
    July 15, 2014, 6:21 pm

    I’ve got a link to a full English translation of the letter to the editor penned by Michèle Sibony, it’s here:

    link to twitlonger.com

    It’s a good read so will post it in full. She writes nicely how after a week of looking at the horror in Gaza at home alone it was nice to be among a crowd of people all together to work against it:

    An open letter to the editor in chief of Rue 89, Mathieu Deslandes, for his coverage of the July 13 protest.

    Sir,

    Having read your treatment of the protest this afternoon and having been there, I wish to share what I experienced. The demonstration in support of Gaza, which was held this afternoon, was GREAT.

    Almost 15,000 people turned out, 8,000 according to the police; a diverse young crowd with many women and men. On Line 4, the Métro was filled with youth determined and happy to find an outlet to express their support and solidarity with “Courageous Gaza” – as one of the Arabic slogans put it – and their anger at the organized disinformation scandal. And I admit that I was also carried away with emotion at the Métro stop, plunging into this patchwork crowd, which came, as I, to say “stop the massacre.” In one second, I stopped feeling alone, as I had in the past week before screens, radios and newspapers.

    I joined the small procession of the French Jewish Union for Peace, in an appriopriate place behind the BDS France faction, and saw a number of moving scenes: one of our supporters, a pretty redheaded woman who has actively campaigned with others for the rights of foreigners in France – was so attracted to the FJUP badge that she wore it and stopped for those who wanted to take a photograph and embrace. Madame, you can’t know well enough what you have done, it’s so important that you were there. You are a symbol of peace. This is not a story about religion. It is not about Jews and Muslims.

    I neither saw nor heard a word against Jews, not a poster, not a slogan, nothing. And I surveyed the demonstration several times, in my usual search for friends and to gauge the crowd. But you, the Rue 89 “journalist” – we must really find another name for people who pretend to do this beautiful profession in such a manner – saw and heard what you needed to see and hear. You bring evidence, targeted and calibrated, curiously making charges because we know the defendants are here, do we not? I loved the one that alleged “death to Askhenazis!!” This had to have been a Sephardic group of infiltrators. Oh excuse me, the same people were yelling “Allahu Akbar.” There (and this is easy), beware, the word is out: it was a religious procession, where people cried “Allahu Akbar” and “La ilaha’illa allah.” A woman who was a bit shy asked me to translate…of course, Madame, with pleasure: God is Great and there is no God but God – the profession of monotheistic faith is a real crime in this country. Sometimes I want to translate: death to fascists, but I restrain myself. Bloody hell [ED: Bon Sang, literally: good blood] (another religious expression, you know. It’s the blood of Christ to which this alludes) brainwashing works in this country. If people of faith need to refer to their faith to protest a crime does this absolve the criminal? Is this unbearable? Is it dangerous? Muslim friends explained to me the idea, in Islam, that one must not submit to anyone but God, who will liberate mankind from all other subjugation. Is this not a wonderful idea? That men and women, often crushed and dominated by detestable human powers should only submit to God? I find it touching and beautiful. It’s an affirmation of freedom from under insubordination.

    Yes, of course there were, as you reported (we must really find another word for it) slogans: Hamas resistance, Jihad resistance, I would have loved to have added a PFLP Resistance. But is this not true? They resist every day and with laughable means against a strong and violent army that has besieged their cities and camps (two-thirds of the population of Gaza are refugees., chased out of their homes in 1948, and still hunted today) for seven years. For seven years, the bombardments have killed their families. The army has occupied and stolen their lands, and they refuse to submit. They’re fighting for liberty, for national liberation, and the independence of Palestine. And even against eradication pure and simple, declared by Israel, for resisting this! Yes, Hamas and Jihad militants are resisting the occupation, as all Palestinian political groups are, and even if my heart is to the left, I respect them. Especially when the agenda is their dehumanization, their demonization, and their eradication at all cost. Wouldn’t anyone – white Christians, atheists on the left, or the right wing limousine set – have a title as beautiful as resistance fighter? But who do you take yourself for? Do you believe you descended from Jupiter’s head (another God, but a white one so it doesn’t matter). Racist is no longer an insult in this country, but a norm infused today from the highest levels of state, and I can no longer use the term. You’re a poor type, perhaps.

    And the best accusation for last: protest thugs tried to attack the Synagogue de la Roquette? And you cite, without flinching, a “testimony of the JDL.” Here is the announcement of the assembly you mention, called by the JDL in support of Israel before the Synagogue de la Roquette, with the eloquent title “Keep Calm and Kill Hamas.” Curiously, when a rally for war crimes takes place in front of or inside a Synagogue, the injection of religion in politics does not shock you, nor does it even register. It requires no commentary from you. It is sufficient to insinuate that the demonstration was antisemitic, that you need for your cause: silence about crimes in Gaza, of which you say nothing.

    So I’ll tell you what I saw, me, a poor Jewish infidel (there is no God but God) at this protest: on the Boulevard Beaumarchais, right near the Chemin Vert metro stop, four or five JDL types perched on a bench, completely surrounded and protected by two rows of riot cops, throwing projectiles and insults at the crowd. Cops and officials begged the crowd to not lose its cool and respond to provocations – it’s what they’re waiting for. And, of course, as crowds dispersed, there were fights at the entrance of the Synagogue de la Roquette, as expected, I dare say.

    Above all, I also heard the crowd cry, from the Barbes to the Bastille:
    “French Media, tell the truth.”
    “The French people want the truth.”

    And I was proud today of those people there, my people.

    Michèle Sibony
    13 juillet 2014

    • Kay24
      July 15, 2014, 6:36 pm

      Wonderful words, and a great letter. So nice to hear a Jewish voice tell us her own experience in coming together to support Gaza. Well, we know by now that zionists control the message, unfortunately this has been yet another example of it.
      Either it is a false flag, or they turn any negative situation around, to make the other side look bad. It certainly works in the US.

  6. pipistro
    July 15, 2014, 6:26 pm

    Haaretz – July 13
    “Paris synagogue firebombed in anti-Semitic attack”

    In the meanwhine. (That is, never miss an opportunity to use the ‘we are Jews, everybody hate us’ weapon.)

  7. Sumud
    July 15, 2014, 6:28 pm

    I came across this yesterday and spent some time looking at the video with Walid and working out what had happened and where events happened in Paris from the location in the Sibony statement.

    It might make it easier to interpret the video so will paste in here:
    Walid:

    I think that to the right in the video is the the pro-Israel gang of hoodlums that we see marching down and overturning garbage bins in the street and picking up chairs and other fixtures on their way to confront the opposing side. These hoodlums had the police anti-riot squad at their backs that did not budge until the opposing side (presumably the pro-Gaza gang) charged the pro-Israel gang that ran behind the police line and that’s when the police stepped in and took on the pro-Gaza gang.

    Me:

    Thanks Walid ~ I looked at Street View in G Maps to orient myself and watched again, I can see you’re right.

    The synagogue is at 84 Rue de la Roquette and the video is shot from on high above the corner of Rue de la Roquette and Rue Popincourt.

    As the camera pans right at about 4:15, where that large crowd is, that’s directly in front of the synagogue. The statement above says 4-5 JDL but there are several hundred and at least a few dozen involved in the melee.

    Back to the statement and the lady mentions the 4-5 JDL on Boulevard Beaumarchais near Chemin Vert metro stop which is about 850m away from the synagogue. So if JDL were there at Chemin Vert they must have been chased back by the Palestine crowd after their provocations.

    I wonder if footage will emerge of the Palestine crowd beating on the door of the synagogue – as the reporting has it – I suspect not. As the video opens the Palestine crew are in retreat from the synagogue so we don’t know what happened before that. We can say it’s the JDL who smashed up the cafe furniture.

  8. Sumud
    July 15, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Yair Rosenberg says the video from the inside of a building was shot from inside the synagogue.

    I think he may be mistaken. The video shows a typically narrow Paris street with a footpath maybe 1-2 metres wide. Yet if you look at Google Street view the footpath in front of the synagogue is several metres wide and the facade of the synagogue is set back from the lot line by a few metres also.

    Link below to Google maps directly in front of the synagogue (click on street view when link opens):

    link to google.com.au

    What do people think? It might be a back entrance I guess.

    • hvieira
      July 15, 2014, 7:40 pm

      After taking a look with StreetView, I’d say it was filmed from inside a parking station ( number 98 in the same street ).

  9. concernedhuman
    July 15, 2014, 7:54 pm

    Protests against BBC coverage of Israeli military operation against the Palestinian refugee population in the Gaza strip are erupting across the UK, with thousands joining a call for fair, unbiased and contextual reporting of the events on the ground.

    London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Newcastle saw marches to “protest at the BBC’s biased reporting” as well as to gather signatures for an open letter to the BBC Director General. London took the main stage of the protest movement.

    Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Campaign against Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and many other organizations, in the letter to the publicly funded broadcaster, say that the company is “duty-bound to provide balanced reporting without bias.”

    Instead, the organizers argue, the BBC’s reporting of Israel’s assault on Palestinians in the operation Protective Edge, fails to mention the years of occupation, deportations and siege Palestinians have lived through. “BBC’s reporting of these assaults is entirely devoid of context or background,” the organizers write.

    Finally !!

    link to rt.com

  10. chet
    July 15, 2014, 8:32 pm

    On the subject of critics of Zionism in France and the evolution of the French Israeli lobby, please let me recommend Evan Jones’ thoughtful essay:

    link to counterpunch.org

    An excerpt concerning the LDJ follows:

    “April 2012, at the first Congress of friends of Israel. Israeli Ofer Bronchtein, President of the Forum international pour la paix, arrives as an official invitee. The LDJ attack him; the organisers, including CRIF, ask him to leave. Bronchtein later noted:

    “If I had been attacked by anti-Semites in the street, numerous Jewish organisations would have quickly called for a demonstration at the Bastille. When it is fascist Jewish organisations that attack me, everybody remains silent …”

    February 2013, Stéphane Hessel dies. Hessel’s life is an exemplar of courage and moral integrity; in his advanced years, this life was brought to our attention with the publication of his Indignez-vous ! in 2010. Hessel, part Jewish, was a strong critic of the Occupation and of the 2008-09 Gaza massacre. His death is met with bile from the lobby. CRIF labelled him a flawed thinker from whom they had little to learn and a doddery naïf giving comfort to the evil of others. A blogger on JssNews ranted: ‘Hessel! The guy who stinks the most. Not only his armpits but his inquisitorial fingers regarding the Jews of Israel.’ The LDJ celebrated – ‘Hessel the anti-Semite is dead! Champagne! [with multiple exclamation marks].’

    Peculiarly in France, there is the LDJ. Its counterparts banned in Israel and the US (albeit not in Canada), the LDJ represents the strong-arm end of the Israel lobby. CRIF looks the other way. Boniface notes that it has been treated leniently to date by the authorities; is it necessary to wait for a death to confront its menace? On the recent murder of the three young Israelis, an LDJ tweet proffers: ‘The murders are all committed by the apostles of Islam. No Arabs, no murders! LDJ will respond rapidly and forcefully.’

  11. Sycamores
    July 15, 2014, 9:09 pm

    Sumud

    link to maps.google.com.au

    as far as i can see by looking at the satellite image there is no back entrance that would lead on to a street.

    maybe this might help.
    if you watch the third video (5:50 minutes) about 7 seconds in to the right of the Restaurant La Cappadoce you will notice the exact same gate frame pattern from the outside as shown in the alledged Synagogue video.

    mystery solved you are right.

    it’s a gated parking area no where near the Synagogue 98 Rue de la Roquette, Paris, France link to maps.google.ie

    • Sumud
      July 15, 2014, 10:19 pm

      Great!

      Thanks for looking into it Sycamores.

      Looking at Restaurant La Cappadoce in the video the blinds are different than what is shown on Google Street View so that imagery must be older. The name is the same and the gate pattern is unmistakable.

      • Sycamores
        July 15, 2014, 11:48 pm

        Sumud,

        i put the correction up on youtube url link to Attaque de la synagogue de la roquette – que fait la police ? link to youtube.com
        under sycamorez.

        sycamorez
        1 second ago

        EPIC FAIL!!!!
        This video is NOT of the Synagogue Don Isaac Abravanel which is situated between 84-86 Rue de la Roquette, Paris.
        this video is however taken from behind the gates of a gated car park situated between 98-100 Rue de la Roquette, Paris.
        please checked Google maps!

        how long before it gets deleteted i don’t know.

    • tree
      July 16, 2014, 6:14 am

      Good detective work, Sycamores and Sumud. But the gated parking area at 98-100 is on the wrong side of the Restaurant La Cappadoce. I think the location of the video that was claimed to be the synagogue is actually at 102-104, on the left side of the restaurant as you look at it (camera left, not stage left). Its got the same kind of gate as the parking gate, enclosing an outdoor courtyard of a apartment complex as far as I can tell. Definitely not the synagogue, which is over a block away.

      link to google.com

      And if you stop the 5:50 video at 4:19 you can just see for an instant the synagogue’s gated courtyard in the upper middle of the screen. It’s past the tree and the group of mopeds and motorbikes and just past the shop with the orange lettering on the glass window. It appears that the synagogue gate which is blue in the Google Street view from 2012 is now painted white. Lots of people milling about but no ruckus there and you can see some people walking out of the synagogue.

      Here’s the synagogue on Google Street View:

      link to google.com

      Here’s another view of some of the confrontations from a camera directly opposite the one that was incorrectly identified as the synagogue. You can see the gated apartment courtyard clearly from this one. (Note: When it first loads it will tell you that you can’t access it from your geographic location-unless you are in France- but just wait a couple of seconds and the screen will change. Then after making you watch a promo for The Transformers movie, the 2:06 video will start.) Its start correlates to about 3:15 into the longer 5:50 video, and about 10 seconds into the :25 second non-synagogue “synagogue” video.

      link to wat.tv

      • Sycamores
        July 16, 2014, 8:45 am

        Hi Tree,

        the Restaurant La Cappadoce has expanded over the years.

        first off good find on the second gate 102-104 i didn’t notice it. however in the Attaque de la Synagogue video (0.25 min) if you look out of the gate across the street you can see an orange boarded up building (Les Marcheurs de Planete, 73 Rue de la Rocquette?) that could only be seen from the gate at 98-100.

        the wat.tv video seems to be taken from the same building that the third video (5:50 mins) was taken but from ground level.
        my guess it was taken from the green??? gate beside the Teen Rocket shop.

        there does seem to be some concerted effort in videoing the events you could say premeditated.

        either way the Synagogue is no where near any of these buildings as you mention the Synagogue gated courtyard is a block away.

      • Sumud
        July 16, 2014, 10:49 am

        A second gate! Well spotted tree!

        Sycamores I notice the orange across the street also.

        I’m not sure if there was any premeditated-ness (i don’t think that’s a word LOL) in the taping, most people have a smartphone with a camera these day.

        I contacted Sam Knight also BTW just to let him know. It’s not a major thing really, but in terms of triggering a response from viewers (especially jewish viewers) it’s going got have a greater emotional impact if the viewer is falsely told it’s jews trapped in a synagogue. I wonder if Rosenberg knew it wasn’t the synagogue when he started promoting the video as such?

      • Sycamores
        July 16, 2014, 12:04 pm

        Sumud,

        Attaque de la synagogue de la roquette – que fait la police ? video has over 73,000 hits already which would suggest that a lot of people had their concerns.

        maybe it wasn’t premeditated but the video was used as a dispicable form of fearmongering.

        I wonder if Rosenberg knew it wasn’t the synagogue when he started promoting the video as such?

        like

        Diane Sawyer misrepresents photo of Gazans in aftermath of Israeli bombing as Israeli victims of Palestinian missiles.

        or

        when an officer with the Department of Homeland Security opened fire on Palestine solidarity activists, the CBS Los Angeles stated that “Witnesses said four men — believed to be members of Hamas….” only after outrage on Twitter over CBS LA’s used of an unsourced accusation was the reference edited out.

        these people just don’t care.

        thanks to you, Walid and tree for exposing this latest lie.

      • Sumud
        July 16, 2014, 1:03 pm

        Sycamores ~ the good news is the video that shows the violent JDL has 270,000 views.

      • Walid
        July 16, 2014, 1:08 pm

        Sycamores, I came to these conclusions from the video that Sumud posted and from my knowledge of the nefarious activities of the Zionists in France, which includes the criminal French JDL, of course, but there is still a small black hole in the story that I couldn’t piece together after trying to through various internet sources and French publications. It’s the small time frame between the disbanding of the march after it reached its terminal point at Place de la Bastille and the second march towards the synagogue.

        Was it at Place de la Bastille that things degenerated and windows began being broken, or was it after the activists marched towards the synagogue and the JDL hoodlums were waiting there to take them on? Either way, the demonstrators march towards the synagogue was doomed to end in violence and the activists should not have gone there. Did the pro-Gaza crowd end up at the synagogue because they were chasing the JDL hoodlums that took refuge in the synagogue? The video appeared to show the JDL gang taking the fight to the activists. But I’m not 100% sure which group actually started the rumble since there had to be some rabid anti-Zionists within the pro-Gaza activists.

      • -Alienkh-
        July 16, 2014, 1:46 pm

        Here is a testimony by a militant who was at the protest:
        link to islametinfo.fr

        The main cortege at Bastille tried to avoid the clash, some members of the organisation tried to go “collect” the few protesters wo had gone to confront the LDJ guys, discreetly so that other youths wouldn’t join.

        But as the protest dispersed, the news spread of the clash and more protesters went to join the brawl (…we ARE French, it can’t be helped. Clashes at the end of a protest, when the security orga loses its authority & power, are inavoidable. But usually against the police, not another militant group…). That’s when the LDJ ran inside the synagogue, letting the riot police handle the “attackers”.

        As for how some protesters came near the synagogue street to begin with (the protest ended at Bastille, typcal for demonstartions like that), they explain it too: the Bastille subway station was closed. Protest organisors told people to use another one (Voltaire), I suppose they knew about the counter-protest nearby.

        But obviously not everyone followed the advice, and voilà.

      • Sycamores
        July 16, 2014, 3:22 pm

        Walid,

        Alienkh got there before me.

        other points from the same piece link to islametinfo.fr

        there is more videos on the way that will clear up the confusion.

        the pro-Gaza demonstrators were warn by the police of a JDL anticipated attack.

        Sumud

        that is good news.

      • Walid
        July 16, 2014, 5:08 pm

        Alienkh, thanks for the Islametifo site, I picked up a lot from it and the picture is coming into focus now. From it I picked up a video that starts where Sumud’s video ends with the police charging the pro-Gaza group and it’s taken from another angle with a hidden camera from behind a garbage bin. The video below clearly shows the collusion between the French police and the JDL thugs as they are identifiable by the tzizit worn by some of them. The police is heard telling the Jewish guys to relax, stay back and let them take care of business.

        I had posted elsewhere addressed to Sumud I think, an article describing the close cooperation between the French JDL and the French police. Not long ago, there was a report in which it was discovered the French police had allowed Jewish militants to train in one of their police buildings. I also posted another article showing the wife of then Jewish Prime Minister Laurent Fabius telling Le Monde that the Ministry of the Interior had allowed the Jewish militants to set themselves up in Paris neighbourhoods as well as in Toulouse and in Strasbourg, and that was a couple of decades back. So it’s evident that there is a close cooperation between the French police and the JDL that dates many years back..

        What is really interesting in the link you provided is the chatter on twitter by the JDL calling the troops to gather at the synagogue in advance of the pro-Gaza march and how the JDL must stop any pro-Gaza gathering. If someone is interested, I’d translate the chatter that really describes how the JDL had planned the rumble. BTW, there’s another pro-Gaza rally planned for tomorrow, so expect another confrontation with the JDL unless the CRIF gets its way with the government and succeeds in getting all pro-Gaza rallies cancelled. The video showing the collusion between police and JDL:

        link to youtube.com

      • Sycamores
        July 16, 2014, 3:43 pm

        @ Alienkh

        you said

        The main cortege at Bastille tried to avoid the clash, some members of the organisation tried to go “collect” the few protesters wo had gone to confront the LDJ guys, discreetly so that other youths wouldn’t join.

        But as the protest dispersed, the news spread of the clash and more protesters went to join the brawl (…we ARE French, it can’t be helped. Clashes at the end of a protest, when the security orga loses its authority & power, are inavoidable. But usually against the police, not another militant group…). That’s when the LDJ ran inside the synagogue, letting the riot police handle the “attackers”.

        but the article said

        We were twenty, and all identified members of the security service. Following the closure of the Bastille metro, several protesters decided to move to the Voltaire subway. We have advised them to rather take the direction of Ledru Rollin but some of them did not listen to us.

        Just arrived in the middle of the Rue de la Roquette, these people (mostly families) identified by their keffiehs and flags, were made ​welcome by insults and projectiles from the Zionist rally behind two lines of riot police. Two people came back to warn us.

        So we decided to bring back those who have stagnated(strayed) near the Synagogue de la Roquette to avoid overflow. We went quietly to avoid the hundreds of young people, already stung by previous provocations from following us. What would become uncontrollable.

        maybe it lost in translation but a member of the security service for the protest is not really a militant.

      • -Alienkh-
        July 16, 2014, 3:54 pm

        Yes, it’s my mistake: to me “militant” means whoever is actively supporting their cause… so I assumed anyone participating in the protest would fit the term. But it can clearly be an abusive use, at several levels. Sorry.

        Also, I read the article yesterday, and just linked back to it here when it seemed relevant; I have apparently mixed up which alternate subway station was the one named by the organisors, and which was the “bad” one protesters went to… All the more stupid considering I mentioned that to help ppl looking up the places on the map. >____<

        I'm very sorry for the less-than-useful post, I'll check more carefully next time!

      • tree
        July 16, 2014, 4:46 pm

        Alienkh added another piece of the puzzle for me with the Voltaire Metro. For a large part of the longer video you can see parts of the intersection at Rue Poppincourt and Rue de la Roquette. There seems to be a number of JDL guys taunting and reacting to something down the street on Rue Poppincourt, and a few pro-P people who seem to be coming down Rue P and tuning left on Rue R, away from the JDL peeps (and away from the synagogue, a block further away). At one point, you can even see a guy with a kefiyyeh and another guy standing in the intersection (at 0:47) looking at the JDL guys as if acting as a protective force while other people turn the corner towards the Voltaire Metro station. The camera pans away so you can’t see what happens immediately after that.

        Looking at the Google map of where the incident was video’d, it looks like the shortest, most direct route from the Bastille, where the pro-P protest happened, to the Voltaire Metro station is straight down Rue de la Roquette, where the synagogue and the JDL demonstration was. If the pro-P protesters leaving the demo were skirting around the synagogue by taking side streets until they got to Poppincourt and then heading back to Rue de la Roquette to hook up again with the shortest route to the Voltaire Metro, that would explain some of what we see there.

        As far as the 5:50 video goes, my biggest question would be what is happening at the very beginning of the video (or right before the video starts) when you see people running away from the direction of the synagogue and then a group of JDL thugs yelling and ripping up cafe furniture to make weapons. There is the slight possibility that this was after some type of attack of a few pro-P demonstrators on the JDL guys, however there is too much distance between the people we see running and the JDL peeps we see at the start of the video for me to seriously believe that there was a physical confrontation between the two groups at that point. When we see some Pro-P guys counterattack the JDL guys starting at 3:06, with the JDL guys running behind the police line there is much less distance between the two groups than there is at the very start so I compared that to the opening scene of the video and don’t think they are showing similar events (i.e., the aftermath of a direct confrontation.)

        (Honestly, I must admit that I laughed when the brave JDL “defenders” with their chairs and sticks and iron bars all cut and ran behind the police line when the going got tough. However, it looks like some poor guy got a bad beating from a pro-P person or two, which is terrible.)

        One additional point: When you see a glimpse of the people in front of the synagogue at 4:19, you can see a group of policeman a half a block away at the nearest intersection. You can’t see much beyond the synagogue but all activity seems to be in the direction away from the Bastille side of the synagogue. I don’t see any indication that the synagogue was “surrounded” by attacking pro-P people, or even peaceful pro-P people for that matter. Unless another video shows up with some new perspective this looks like a case of a street fight between some JDL hooligans and a few pro-P people, instigated by the JDL (and apparently Beitar France as well). I see no attack on the synagogue.

      • Sycamores
        July 16, 2014, 6:45 pm

        @ Alienkh,

        my bad, just my negative connoctations of the word militant.

        your post provided more answers, thanks

        according to the link you provided there is more videos on the way

  12. DICKERSON3870
    July 15, 2014, 10:20 pm

    RE: “But a violent incident that took place in Paris on Sunday widely described as antisemitic, using this narrative as the background, was actually a street fight between pro-Palestinian demonstrators and the Jewish Defense League; one that appears to have been started by the extremist latter . . .” ~ Sam Knight

    SPEAKING OF THE JDL IN FRANCE, SEE: “2 French Jews jailed for assaulting anti-Israel reporter”, By JTA, timesofisrael.com, June 27, 2014
    Jewish Defense League members were found guilty of placing a bomb under car of anti-Zionist journalist

    French Jews were sent to prison for placing a bomb in 2012 under the car of an anti-Zionist journalist in Paris.
    The two men, identified only by their last names, Bismuth and Benhamou, were sentenced on June 20 by a judge from the Versailles Correctional Tribunal to six months and 10 months in jail respectively, according to Agence Info Libre.
    The two men, who are in their 20s, were part of a gang of four whom police arrested in 2012 on suspicion that they had placed an improvised explosive device under the car of Jonathan Moadab, a reporter for Agence Info Libre who is also an anti-Zionist activist.
    According to Moadab, the four are members of the French branch of the Jewish Defense League, a movement classified as terrorist in the United States and Israel.
    The remaining members of the group French authorities believe responsible for the attack are minors. Their prosecution is ongoing, Agence Info Libre reported.
    JDL France, or Ligue de Defense Juive, has been involved in a number of violent incidents in France, believed to be retaliations for frequent attacks on Jews, which watchdog groups attribute mainly to Muslim and Arab radicals.

    SOURCE – link to timesofisrael.com

    • DICKERSON3870
      July 15, 2014, 10:29 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “French JDL Praises Baruch Goldstein’s Massacre of Palestinians”, By JTA, Forward.com, March 02, 2014
      Kahanist Group Calls Israeli Murderer a ‘Saint’ in Eulogy

      [EXCERPT] France’s Jewish Defense League has published a eulogy of Baruch Goldstein which celebrates a massacre he perpetrated against Palestinian worshipers in Hebron 20 years ago.
      The group, known locally as Ligue de Defense Juive or LDJ, posted the eulogy on its website ahead of the Feb. 25 anniversary of the massacre during which Goldstein, a U.S.-born physician, shot dead 29 Palestinians while they were praying at the Cave of the Patriarchs.

      “Baruch Goldstein is an Israeli physician who in 1994 killed 25 Arab settlers and wounded another 125. He was killed in the confrontation and became a hero for many Israeli patriots,” the eulogy dated Feb. 22 said.
      The text also listed commemorations of Goldstein as a “tribute to the memory of Dr. Baruch Goldstein, the saint, may God avenge his blood.”
      LDJ officials say the group has several hundred members in France. The group adheres to the doctrines of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, a radical Jewish-Israeli nationalist who was born in the United States. He was murdered in 1990 in New York by a Palestinian gunman.
      Kahane’s Jewish Defense League, or JDL, is considered a terrorist group in the United States. Israel also outlawed the Kach movement which Kahane founded after he moved to Israel in 1971.
      In France, LDJ is not an illegal organization, although its members have on various occasions been involved in violent confrontations
      , most commonly in vigilante actions against people they accuse of anti-Semitism or anti-Semitic violence. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to forward.com

    • DICKERSON3870
      July 15, 2014, 10:35 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “The Raids on the Resistances Bookstore; Zionist Fanatics Practice Serial Vandalism in Paris”, by Diana Johnstone, CounterPunch, 7/06/09,

      [EXCERPT] Thousands of books drenched in cooking oil – that is the latest exploit of the Zionist fanatics who regularly attack property and people in Paris and get away with it.
      In the early afternoon of Friday, July 3, five men, mostly masked, stormed into the “Resistances” bookstore located in a quiet residential neighborhood of the 17th arrondissement in northwest Paris. To the startled women working in the shop, as well as two customers, they announcing that they were from the Jewish Defense League and began ripping books off shelves and tables, dousing them heavily with cooking oil, and then smashing four computers before leaving rapidly in a waiting vehicle.
      The bookstore is owned and operated by Olivia Zemor and Nicolas Shashahani, who are also the leaders of the very active militant group CAPJPO-EuroPalestine (CAPJPO stands for Coordination des Appels pour une Paix Juste au Proche Orient). In addition to a wide collection of books on the Middle East and other subjects, including fiction, the bookstore has a reading room and a lending library, gives courses in English and Arabic, and possesses a modest but well-attended auditorium where authors are invited to speak. ”
      Two and a half years ago, on December 7, 2006, a similar attack squad threw teargas grenades into the bookstore as a crowd was gathering to listen to the late Israeli author Tanya Reinhart and her companion, the Israeli poet Aharon Shabtai. On that occasion, Shashahani had to be treated for effects from the teargas but material damage was slight. This time, the entire shop is a shambles, with countless ruined books, and damage runs to tens of thousands of euros, according to Shashahani.
      But, he stresses, this is only one in “hundreds of violent actions” carried out by the French version of the banned US Jewish Defense League in recent years. There is no reason to expect them to stop so long as they can count on indulgence on the part of French authorities and the silence of the mainstream media. The vandalism on the Resistances bookstore was reported by the French news agency AFP, but the dispatch was apparently carried only by the small tabloid Le Parisien and not by the major newspapers, much less by television. Usually, almost the only people who are informed about such events are in the politically active circles targeted for intimidation.
      The general public remains ignorant of these aggressions, while it is regularly informed by television of even relatively minor acts of anti-Semitism . . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to counterpunch.org

  13. hophmi
    July 15, 2014, 11:05 pm

    You’re simply giving the pro-Palestinian POV here, which blames the actions of mob on a few JDL members. These are people who marched down the street with a large mock missile.

    • Taxi
      July 16, 2014, 12:28 am

      hops,

      All this colorful protesting against israeli war crimes is just disgusting, isn’t it?!

      The crime is alright but the protesters against the crime are, well….. savages!

    • Qualtrough
      July 16, 2014, 1:18 am

      Rest assured that if Hopfmi had even the thinnest of reeds to clutch at in disputing the claims made in this article we would be hearing about it. This is his roundabout way of acknowledging that the attack story was BS.

      • Mooser
        July 16, 2014, 11:33 am

        Qualtrough, you’ve got to admit one thing about Hophmi. I don’t know who has employed him to do this job, but he gives value for money, if you like your Hasbara by the pound.

      • hophmi
        July 16, 2014, 11:54 am

        It’s not BS at all. A mob from the protest did surround a synagogue. There’s a question as to what the role of the JDL was, whether they were instigators or not.

        Unlike the protesters, who seem to have your support and support of most of the pro-Palestinian community, the JDL has no mainstream support in the Jewish community.

        So, you know, anytime you want to just come out and say that what the protesters did was wrong, or that marching down the streets of Paris with a large missile is inappropriate, you go right ahead.

      • -Alienkh-
        July 16, 2014, 12:05 pm

        No, not “a mob”. And they didn’t “surround a synagogue”, they answered the call for fight of an opposite gang. THEY went to the synagogue. Purposefully.

        So if you’re mad some non-violent people got “trapped in” and scared, be mad at the LDJ who did it. Some of the pro-Israel militants who learned of the events did, they bashed their “colleagues” for the deed.

      • -Alienkh-
        July 16, 2014, 12:06 pm

        And it’s very true the JDL has “no support from the Jewish community”. That’s because they are a well-known extremist and openly racist gang.

        Not “just Jewish men” supporting Israel. They are a street gang.

      • oldgeezer
        July 16, 2014, 12:12 pm

        God must be on the Palestinians side. Overnight he transformed a mock missile into a missile.

      • Sumud
        July 16, 2014, 12:57 pm

        It’s not BS at all. A mob from the protest did surround a synagogue.

        I’ve seen no proof that occurred – and I’ve been looking. Do you have any?

      • hophmi
        July 16, 2014, 1:24 pm

        link to thelocal.fr

        “Several thousand demonstrators walked calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read “Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People”.

        But clashes erupted at the end of the march on Bastille Square, with people throwing projectiles onto a cordon of police who responded with tear gas.

        The unrest continued early Sunday evening as police announced six arrests had been made.

        A small group tired to break into two synagogues in central Paris, a police source told AFP.”

        link to rt.com

        “Police also blocked off a group of protesters from entering two synagogues, according to AP. One of the synagogues was attacked during a service, with worshippers briefly blocked inside. Police successfully pushed back the protesters, and those stuck inside were then able to leave, according to a police spokeswoman.”

      • -Alienkh-
        July 16, 2014, 1:34 pm

        Dude, that report is *exactly* what sparked the rumor, and we have been working to debunk. It’s the original misreporting that was quoted by all.

        Fact is, the AFP journalists weren’t even in that street at all, they didn’t see anything. The entire account comes from one single source, one police officer.
        And we can see on the video the riot police saw the LDJ violence and let them do…

        (source, in French: link to twitter.com )

      • Sumud
        July 16, 2014, 2:10 pm

        Photos hophmi, or video.

        Verifiable evidence, not shitty reporting based on JDL claims.

      • Qualtrough
        July 16, 2014, 11:14 pm

        Hopfmi math–one mock missile ‘inappropriate’. Hundreds of Palestinian missiles killing nobody–ditto. Thousands of real Israeli missiles killing over 200 Palestinians–totally appropriate.

    • eljay
      July 16, 2014, 12:28 pm

      Was the bistro furniture pro-Palestinian or anti-Semitic that it deserved to be wiped off the sidewalk and pushed into the street by pro-Israel supporters?

  14. oldgeezer
    July 15, 2014, 11:12 pm

    whooooaaaaaaaaaa a mock missile? Yes if anything deserves smashing private property to turn it into weapons and a beating from the JDL that’s it.

  15. traintosiberia
    July 16, 2014, 12:05 am

    link to counterpunch.org
    JDL ,LICRA,CRIF are instrumental in campaign against Muslim of France,against media freedom,against independent French foreign policy( Chirac was sabotaged and punished) against French religious cultural expression in school and for creating Shoa as a quasi religious holiday. JDL often engages in violence against young Muslim kids ,in smashing book shop and organizing racist propaganda against immigrant/ Muslims.
    LIcRA and CRIF are the French version of AIPAC and other Jewish bodies in US.

  16. bilal a
    July 16, 2014, 4:47 am

    Synagogues and other Places of Worship can be targeted if they serve as a gathering point for militants according to the IDF:

    “But this attack, one of two mosques hit on Saturday, was no mistake. Here Israeli intelligence was convinced, and issued photographs to support its case, that the mosque also served as “a Hamas rocket cache and a gathering point for militants,” the army’s spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, said in a statement””
    NY Times
    link to nytimes.com

    This is evidently identical to the heretical teachings of Boko Haram:, according to TownHall:
    link to townhall.com

    • Sumud
      July 16, 2014, 12:58 pm

      Synagogues and other Places of Worship can be targeted if they serve as a gathering point for militants according to the IDF…>/blockquote>

      Good point!

      • Elliot
        July 16, 2014, 5:58 pm

        Since most synagogues routinely serve as venues for Israeli Hasbara and self-identify as supporting Israel, it is appropriate for Palestinian supporters to protest there. Israel supporters would inevitably cast such a protest as anti Semitic, but they would be wrong.
        If a synagogue granted space to a JDL gang to plan and launch racist, violent attacks, then the synagogue could not complain if it we attacked by a counter-group.
        Although, that is not what we are talking about here.

      • DICKERSON3870
        July 17, 2014, 3:26 pm

        RE: “Since most synagogues routinely serve as venues for Israeli Hasbara and self-identify as supporting Israel, it is appropriate for Palestinian supporters to protest there.” ~ Elliott

        MY REPLY: To a certain extent, I agree with what you have posited. Sadly, worship of Israel (sometimes even worship of Likudnik Israel) seems to have displaced/replaced to varying degrees the worship according Judaism in some synagogues. It appears to me (based upon quite limited knowledge) that this is somewhat more pronounced in Conservative and Orthodox synagogues than in Reform synagogues.

        That said, it is a mistake to overgeneralize. By way of example, Rabbi Lerner of Tikkun.org and the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) says that his service in some respects is more akin to that of Conservative Judaism than Reform Judaism. As another quick example, Charles H. Manekin (f/k/a Jeremiah Haber) of The Magnes Zionist is an Orthodox Jew.

        My main concern about your comment is that although it might in some sense be appropriate for Palestinian supporters to protest outside a synagogue, it is also a great way for Palestinian supporters to shoot themselves (as well as innocent Palestinians) in the feet (or worse). Joe Schmo Churchgoer has no idea that to varying degrees some synagogues have at least partly become unofficial Israeli consulates (where Israel ‘right or wrong’ is worshiped virtually to an idolatrous degree) at the expense of worshiping according to the religion of Judaism. Consequently, Joe Schmo Churchgoer will resent a protest outside a synagogue much like he would resent a protest outside his own church (or most any “place of worship”, even the type of Christian church where the congregants are more likely to worship the Good Old US of A (and its rabid “exceptionalism”) to an idolatrous degree than they are to worship according to the Christian religion.

        Even worse, there are über-zealous supporters of Israel that would love to stage a counter-protest, and some of them know how to incite violence that a complicit/obliging, pro-Israel, mainstream/corporate media in this country would be quite happy to blame exclusively on the Palestinian supporters. I can easily imagine headlines in the mainstream/corporate media screaming something like “Jews Trapped by Rioters in Boca Raton Synagogue”. This is not to mention the even more inflammatory iterations likely to seen on social media [i.e. “the devil’s workshop(s)”, as I sometimes half-seriously like to say] which might take the form of something like “Dearborn shows what happens after lots of #Muslim immigration: Jewish synagogue attacked, besieged”.

  17. German Lefty
    July 16, 2014, 5:24 am

    From multiple expulsions in the Medieval era to L’Affaire Dreyfuss and Vichy collaborationism, French Jews have every reason to be wary of antisemitism. And […] antisemitism appears to be on the rise in the Fifth Republic.

    You must be kidding. The examples you give are from WWII or earlier. So, French Jews do NOT have every reason to be wary of anti-Semitism unless they live in the past. Your claim that anti-Semitism appears to be on the rise is false, too. The survey you link is titled “Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism”. As we all know, many Jews tend to be oversensitive and automatically attribute negative experiences to anti-Semitism. Watch the documentary “Defamation” and you will see what I mean. Another example: A German Jew started building a summer house in his garden. However, authorities told him that he has to take down what he had built so far because it doesn’t conform to the laws. The German Jew claimed that this was anti-Semitic harassment. Clearly, he believes that expecting Jews to abide by the same construction rules as non-Jews is anti-Semitic. The perceptions of people who mistake equal treatment for anti-Semitism are NOT a reliable source for the prelavence of anti-Semitism.

  18. bilal a
    July 16, 2014, 5:54 am

    genocidal Antisemitism does indeed exist:

    In a controversial Facebook post, [ Israeli politician Ayelet Shaked] said that “all Palestinians are our enemies” and that Israel should declare war on the “entire [Palestinian] people, including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”

    link to ibtimes.co.uk

    • Mooser
      July 16, 2014, 11:35 am

      “In a controversial Facebook post, [ Israeli politician Ayelet Shaked] said that “all Palestinians are our enemies” and that Israel should declare war on the “entire [Palestinian] people, including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”

      What a punk that Shaked is. Screw declaring war on the Palestinians, they’re not worth our time. We Jews should declare war on the whole world! What chance have they got against us?
      And besides, they owe us one! Remember, we get a one-Holocaust and several atrocity handicap, too.

  19. -Alienkh-
    July 16, 2014, 1:28 pm

    For anyone still doubting this was a plain media manipulation operation by the LDJ:
    link to twitter.com

    Direct link to the screenshot: link to pbs.twimg.com

    => Translation: “Lili, that’s precisely the point, we go there, there will obviously be someone to come and insult us. We manipulate that, and present ourselves as the victims like we did at the synagogue last week.
    If we let them protest peacefully, public opinion will only look at the number of dead on their side and will not understand we are merely defending ourselves.”

    They couldn’t be more clear if they tried to. They purposefully cause clashes to derail from the content of the pro-Palestine protests, because they know there is no way people will side with them without obfuscating the media discourse.

  20. eljay
    July 16, 2014, 1:54 pm

    The violence in Paris may not be anti-Semitic, but just look at what unspeakable things are going on in Austria!

    Nazi victims group raps part-closure of Austrian Mauthausen memorial:

    A group representing Nazi concentration camp victims criticized a decision by Austria to close its Mauthausen national memorial site on Mondays for most of the year, calling the move a disgrace for a country that helped perpetrate the Holocaust.
    . . .
    An interior ministry spokesman said the closures were needed for technical improvements and updates of the visitor center and museum, which have been expanded in recent years, and the days had been chosen to coincide with the least busy periods.

  21. gracie fr
    July 16, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Michele Sibony responds to the alleged anti-Semitic attacks Rue de la Roquette (in French) and states:
    1)The focus on the riots in the French press purposely shifted the conversation away from Gaza and what is taking place there.
    2)Made no mention of the French public’s solidarity with the people of Gaza.
    3)Transformed the question of current crimes committed in Gaza into a question of Anti-Semitism.
    4)Enabled an already prepared court order Prohibiting pro-Palestinian demonstrations to take affect….(One had been called for Saturday July 19th)
    link to leplus.nouvelobs.com

  22. gracie fr
    July 16, 2014, 5:27 pm

    The Daily Mail got it right…..
    link to dailymail.co.uk

  23. jon s
    July 17, 2014, 12:41 am

    Yesterday, in the midst of the present situation, 400 French Jews made aliyah.
    I assume that they know something about Anti-Semitism in France:

    link to haaretz.com

    and in Belgium:
    link to haaretz.com

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