Videos: ‘Vanity Fair’ story about anti-Semitic pogrom in Paris is falling apart

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Vanity Fair has some explaining to do. Its August edition includes an article by Marie Brenner, titled, “The Troubling Question in the French Jewish Community: Is It Time to Leave?” that uses as evidence of anti-semitism a controversial incident from the streets of Paris during the height of Israeli slaughter in Gaza last summer: hostilities that broke out near a synagogue on July 13, 2014. The fracas caused French President Francois Hollande to ban all further pro-Palestinian demonstrations in France, while reports of this violence as “anti-semitic” spread on social media, and were quickly picked up and parroted by the mainstream press. Those accounts were immediately countered by conflicting reports. An investigations ensued.

Peter Allen and James Rothwell’s excellent coverage of the case in The Telegraph asks “Was Paris’s Chief Rabbi rescued from an axe-wielding Nazi mob?” They demolish Brenner’s narrative:

Police and Jewish authorities in Paris say Vanity Fair’s article about alleged anti-Semitic attack “has nothing to do with reality”

Thus far Vanity Fair is sticking by their story and not a peep out of Brenner.

Videos published at the time on French media provide evidence that the Jewish Defense League (JDL), which is classified as a terrorist organization in the U.S., provoked pro-Palestinian demonstrators that day. You can see them throwing chairs and projectiles at the protesters. Back then, we reported the story: “Violence outside Paris synagogue falsely attributed to anti-Semitism.”

The only mention of the Jewish Defense League in Marie Brenner’s article is by its French name: “Ligue de Défense Juive.” She characterizes the group respectfully:

members of a special security patrol and a dozen members of the self-trained Ligue de Défense Juive began chasing off the demonstrators with chairs and tables from nearby cafés, working with a small unit from the security force. Together, it took them three hours to disperse the crowd and safely evacuate the synagogue.

Brenner interviews Sammy Ghozlan, overseer of France’s National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism ( B.N.V.C.A.). His story is of a pogrom aimed at Jews:

[T]exts and messages did not stop. It was Bastille Day weekend, and, on Sunday, July 13, he tracked the hundreds of protesters who rushed into the Marais, Paris’s historic Jewish quarter, stopping briefly at an empty synagogue on the Rue des Tournelles, near the Place des Vosges, and then racing, reportedly with iron bars, axes, and flags, toward the Rue de la Roquette, a boutique-and-café-lined street a few blocks from the apartment of Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Their destination was the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue.

That’s not exactly a lie, it’s just that the “protesters” in this case were not the pro-Palestinian demonstrators, they were the Jewish Defense League.

Michèle Sibony, Vice President of the French Jewish Union for Peace (UJFP), who marched in the pro Palestine demonstration that day, testified that “on the Boulevard Beaumarchais, at the height of the crossing Chemin Vert, four or five types of the Jewish Defense League perched on a bench, surrounded by CRS [riot control of French National Police], throwing projectiles and insulted the protesters’ “.

Here is the Jewish Defense League waiting for the police to arrive and chanting racist slogans.

Peter Allen’s July 15, 2014 report for the UK’s Daily Mail includes video and screenshots from that day that tell the same story: “Shocking scenes as 150 Jewish men go on rampage in Paris streets and clash with pro-Palestinian demonstrators.” He quotes a French member of parliament, Alexis Bachelay, alleging a “media manipulation” about the real victims in the case. Writes Allen:

A group of 150 Jewish men were seen brandishing iron bars and cans of pepper spray as they clashed with Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Paris.

Video footage of the clashes show the group chanting racist slogans as they roamed the streets.

…..

The men are armed with gas canisters, pepper spray, metal bars and wooden sticks and some wear crash helmets.

The video shows the men running towards pro-Palestinian demonstrators, before skirmishes break out…….

Alexis Bachelay, a Paris MP for the ruling Socialist party, said: ‘There has evidently been a media manipulation about who really got assaulted.

‘These are extremely serious facts that need to be investigated thoroughly by the police. It is not the first time that young French people of Muslim origin are stigmatised by the media.

‘French people of Muslim origin should be protected by the law when demonstrating. They should not be attacked by radical groups like the LDJ’.

A day later, French media ITélé reported, “Incidents Rue de la Roquette, two opposing versions“,  which was an analysis of events and their trajectory on social media. This piece also highlighted the violence of the JDL and says the JDL called for a rally at the synagogue [still on JDL website]:

Conflicting evidence implicate the Jewish Defense League

Shortly after the end of the clashes near the synagogue in Rue de la Roquette, many were the messages we received on our official social networks, citing contradictory testimony and versions that differ from that reported by the media as those mentioned above. Screenshots come to us, having people in connection with the JDL actually calling for a rally at 17:30 “before the syna”, especially since a Twitter account: israel_mon_pays. But you will not find this Twitter account, since it was removed. It has been recreated by the nickname IsraelKahane, but the account was also deleted by its author, having just published these particular tweets.

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The night of the actual events, July 13, the French news website Lob’s Rue89 was the first media to discuss the involvement of the JDL. It reported clashes broke out at “around 18 hrs”, coincidentally half an hour after the JDL had called for a rally in support of Israel in front of the synagogue and that members of the JDL had been tweeting their preparation for “tough confrontations” the day before the event.

(Google translation from French)

The Jewish Defense League (JDL) had indeed called for a rally to “support for Israel” to this synagogue on Sunday at 17:30. On Twitter, the day before, some of its members were preparing with some enthusiasm in a tough confrontation against “palos” as they say.

Directly following the event the French news station LCI interviewed Michele Sibony (UJFP). She said:

 “We are facing a situation of colonial repression and the French Government is the only one in the world to want to ban the protests”

ITélé reports that on July 10th, 3 days before the event the JDL had planned the attack:

In this video, this member of the security staff at the event evokes a first gathering last Wednesday, July 10, when the JDL would burst into another event to attack a number of pro-Palestinian demonstrators. An action that had been published on the Facebook page of the JDL, where the small group states that “now they come every pro-Palestinian demonstration to accompany their way pro-Palestinian demonstrators.”

Demonstrations were organized all over the world in solidarity with Palestine.  They were not shut down in France.

Yep, Vanity Fair has some explaining to do. Our memories are just not that short. We covered this at the time, as did many other bloggers and the mainstream media in France.

Thanks to Nabila Ramdani

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  1. lysias
    August 24, 2015, 7:00 pm

    Nitpick: Article was in the Telegraph (aka Torygraph), not the Independent.

    Note, by the way, that, according to the Telegraph article:

    A spokesman for the US magazine [Vanity Fair] said: “We stand by our story.”

    Ms Brenner did not respond to requests for comment.

  2. maliban
    August 24, 2015, 7:04 pm

    more [..] fare. my fav was the one by the woman who claimed to have been thrown from a train headed to auschwitz and then raised by wolves. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/12/author-fake-holocaust-memoir-to-return-22m

    a real knee slapper.

    • Froggy
      August 25, 2015, 9:23 am

      “… raised by wolves”

      What kind of idiots believe nonsense like this?

      • lysias
        August 25, 2015, 10:24 am

        The ancient Romans believed — or claimed to believe — that Romulus and Remus were raised by wolves.

      • CigarGod
        August 25, 2015, 10:28 am

        Everyone knows we are mostly (secondarily) raised by cows.

      • Froggy
        August 25, 2015, 11:38 am

        LOL I thopught we had come a long way since the time of the Romans.

      • PeaceThroughJustice
        August 25, 2015, 11:22 am

        “What kind of idiots believe nonsense like this?”

        Elie Wiesel believed it. In fact he wrote the foreword.
        http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/41954/payout-fake-holocaust-memoir

      • Froggy
        August 25, 2015, 12:27 pm

        LOL He would. The man is a cartoon of himself.

  3. Annie Robbins
    August 24, 2015, 8:52 pm

    check out at 3:15 in the video how the jdl guys who have been smashing all the chairs and tables run right thru the cops who don’t seem to bat an eye at them. weird ?

  4. CigarGod
    August 24, 2015, 10:37 pm

    Nothing like a little false flag to co-opt the French gov. and the police.

  5. Kathleen
    August 24, 2015, 10:59 pm

    Brenner was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this past summer. Her story seemed sticky.

    Annie go check out the segment on MSNBC’s Hardball tonight (Monday) on Iran. Quite the go around between Matthews and non Iran deal experts Feehery, Molly Ball and Capehart. Feehery has his lip prints all over Israel and the I lobbies ass. Chris Matthews makes lame excuses for Schumer’s vote against the Iran deal as “legitimate” because of his “concerns about Israel” On one hand it was great that Mattthews came right out and said Schumer voted against the deal because of “Israel” On the other hand can you imagine this betrayal of U.S. National interest (really Israel’s too) applying to another Senator voting for another countries alleged interest over U.S. interest. Quite the go around.

  6. Froggy
    August 25, 2015, 9:17 am

    Merci, Annie.

  7. ckg
    August 25, 2015, 10:35 am

    In Beyond Chutzpah Finkelstein wrote:

    Vanity Fair journalist Marie Brenner, adducing French opposition to the U.S. attack on Iraq as ultimate proof of a pervasive anti-Semitism–which clarifies what the hysteria about a new anti-Semitism is really about–reports that the French stubbornly disapproved “even when the citizens of Baghdad openly embraced American forces.” Albeit only for a week, if that long.

    This week, in the satirical voice that he often uses on his blog, Finkelstein wrote:

    Vanity Fair Reports Nazi Takeover of France; Jews Brace for Second Holocaust; Netanyahu to Dispatch Commando Teams to Paris; Chuck Schumer Calls on Obama to Nuke…Norway

  8. Kay24
    August 25, 2015, 10:37 am

    What we are all outraged about:

    “JTA – Taxpayer dollars in the United States and Israel are subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs, a complaint filed with the New York state Attorney General’s Office alleges.
    The accusations follow a recent expose by Israel’s Channel 10 about the work of the 13-year-old Israeli nonprofit Honenu, which provides financial support to Jews convicted of or on trial for violence against Palestinians, including so-called price tag attacks in the West Bank. The television program aired earlier this month in the aftermath of the July 31 firebombing of a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma that killed an 18-month-old boy and his father. No suspects were arrested in the attack, but Jewish extremists are suspected. The attackers scrawled the Hebrew work for “revenge” at the site of the arson.
    Since 2003, Honenu has operated a New York-based U.S. fundraising arm. In 2010, the last year for which data is listed, the tax-exempt organization has raised $233,700 in the United States, according to tax filings.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.672831

  9. hophmi
    August 25, 2015, 11:10 am

    The same people, included the Jewish Establishment in France, which is supine and beholden to the French government, denied that France had an antisemitism problem when Marie Brenner first wrote about it in 2002. They were wrong then, and they’re wrong now. What you don’t understand is that there are really two Jewish communities in France. One is the official community as represented by CRIF, a group of highly assimilated Jews who are interested in preserving their close connections with the French government, and the other is the North African community, which actually has experienced most of the antisemitism because they live in the banlieues alongside poor North African Muslims. It’s primarily Jews from the North African community who are leaving.

    Brenner’s source for a lot of this is Sammy Ghozlan, a North African immigrant who was also featured in her 2002 article. Ghozlan runs an organization that actually records antisemitic incidents.

    Do an image search for hypercacher and quenelle, and you’ll find pictures of people standing in front of the market sticking up their middle finger with the caption, “Allahu Akbar,” and another with a picture of the ISIS flag.

    The quenelle has also been performed in front of the Toulouse school where several Jewish children and a rabbi were murdered in 2012. http://www.timesofisrael.com/nazi-style-quenelle-salute-performed-at-toulouse-jewish-school/

    There are, to date, zero instances of Jews from the JDL or any other Jewish organization in France, killing Muslims, and precious few of Jews attacking Muslims in any way. The story in France is crystal clear. It’s the Jews who have security issues, not the Muslims.

    You’ve either been completely silent here on French antisemitism, or, when the subject has been raised, you’ve questioned every account. It’s just another example of your callousness toward the lives of Jews in Europe.

    In any event, even if activists like you are too cowardly to do anything about it, the French government seems finally to have gotten the message (of course, it took terrorist attacks targeting French citizens, rather than just Jews for it to happen, but better late than never).

    • Mooser
      August 25, 2015, 11:43 am

      “Hophmi” that is a very harrowing account of the bigotry faced by North African Jews in France. Maybe they can move to Israel where they will be treated right!

    • lysias
      August 25, 2015, 12:06 pm

      The Jews of Algeria (with the occasional honorable exception like Henri Alleg) were big supporters of Algérie française and even, in the last months before Algerian independence, of the terrorism of the OAS.

      When Senator George Allen called an Asian supporter of his election opponent Jim Webb “macaca,” it came out that he had probably picked up the use of this term from his mother, a Jew originally from Tunisia. It was apparently common for the Jews of French North Africa to call the local Muslims monkeys in that way.

      • lysias
        August 25, 2015, 3:33 pm

        Alleg, it should be pointed out, was not originally from Algeria. He was born in London to Jewish parents from Poland, who moved to Paris while Alleg was still an infant. It was Alleg himself who moved to Algeria as a young adult (a wise move, as he moved in 1939.)

    • Froggy
      August 25, 2015, 12:21 pm

      Hophmi :: The same people, included the Jewish Establishment in France, which is supine and beholden to the French government, denied that France had an antisemitism problem when Marie Brenner first wrote about it in 2002. They were wrong then, and they’re wrong now. What you don’t understand is that there are really two Jewish communities in France. One is the official community as represented by CRIF, a group of highly assimilated Jews who are interested in preserving their close connections with the French government, and the other is the North African community, which actually has experienced most of the antisemitism because they live in the banlieues alongside poor North African Muslims. It’s primarily Jews from the North African community who are leaving.

      Try telling the truth :

      …there has been a modification of the geographical distribution of Jews in France, so that whereas until quite recently most French Jews lived north of the Loire (mainly concentrated in and near Paris, with fairly important centers in the East), the Algerian Jews, whenever possible, have chosen the Midi, which seems less alien to them. Marseilles, where a few years ago there were only about 1500 Jews, now has a Jewish population of 50,000. Apart from this, a large proportion of the rank-and-file workers in Jewish organizations and institutions are now Algerian; in Strasbourg, for instance, Algerians constitute a full 50 per cent of the employees of the various Jewish community agencies. (There are also three Algerian rabbis.) And French cities like Valence, Vienne, and Montélimar, which never had Jewish communities, or at least none since the nourishing period of medieval French Judaism, now house substantial numbers of North African Jews.

      Sociologically, the Algerian Jews who have come to France since Évian are difficult to pinpoint, if only because they represent every stratum of Algerian-Jewish society. There are professors and rabbis and social workers, doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, and medical assistants; but there are also secretaries and salesladies, usherettes and waitresses, textile workers, accountants, small businessmen, and minor civil servants—not to mention professional soldiers of every rank, and manual laborers.

      https://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/frances-algerian-jews/

      It is true that more Pieds-Noirs leave France than do Jews of French origin, but that is understandable because as immigrants from another culture the Pieds-Noirs are far less rooted in France than are French Jews. Most Pieds-Noirs do not ‘live in the banlieues alongside poor North African Muslims’ as you claim.

      (Where do you zionistas get this stuff?)

      Of course assimilated French Jews are interested in preserving their close connections with the French government. Why wouldn’t they? They are French, after all.

      • hophmi
        August 25, 2015, 1:20 pm

        Froggy, maybe you should stay silent, since the last time you got involved on this issue, you made a giant fool of yourself by claiming that the North African French Jews who were leaving were “Maghribis” who didn’t want to be “French” (both antisemitic and racist at the same time), http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/netanyahu-likens-germany#comment-775325.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 25, 2015, 2:31 pm

        hops, you’re hardly in a position to be telling anyone to be silent. i’m not so sure froggy did make a “giant” fool, not from your link anyway. and who/what is your source? you’ve quite a reputation here for making completely unsourced declarations. i don’t know very much about this community of african jews in france, but i think it’s very possible (if not probable) that the ones who are leaving may just not feel that european or may feel out of place. anyway, there’s a book After Orientalism: Critical Perspectives on Western Agency and Eastern Re-Appropriations http://www.amazon.com/After-Orientalism-Critical-Perspectives-Re-Appropriations/dp/9004282521 with some interesting passages.

        https://books.google.com/books?id=p3WjBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA67&dq=french+jewish+Maghribis&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAGoVChMI94qtgOLExwIV0DuICh1yQwBZ#v=onepage&q=french%20jewish%20Maghribis&f=false

        it mentions maghribi jews were exposed to a “european understanding of jewish history” thru their education under the purview of the AIU (Alliance Israeliti Universelle) assimilated french jews who had a responsibility to educate the “less fortunate jews” to bring “modernity in general” to jews from islamic mediterranean.

        The AIU perception of Maghribi Jews (and indeed Jews from the Middle East more generally) relied on negative stereotypes of the Islamic world. This attitude is related to broader trends among European Jews as they tried to define themselves as Western, often in the face of a society which perceived Jews as Orientals and applied negative stereotypes about the Orient to European Jewry. As Ivan Kalmar and Derik Penslar have observed, modernizing European Jews responded by “setting up traditional Jews as Oriental, in contrast to modernized Jewry which was described as ‘Western’. The AIU’s ideology is a perfect example of this constructed dichotomy.

        anyway, some interesting passages.

      • Froggy
        August 25, 2015, 3:26 pm

        What an interesting book, Annie. I’ll have to chase down a copy.

        Thanks.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 25, 2015, 3:28 pm

        it’s expensive! but it seems very interesting from the 6 or 7 pages i’ve read.

      • Froggy
        August 25, 2015, 4:00 pm

        It certainly is expensive.

        I’ll look for it in French. Come to think of it, my uncle may have a copy. I’ll ask him.

      • Froggy
        August 25, 2015, 2:54 pm

        Hophmi : “Froggy, maybe you should stay silent, since the last time you got involved on this issue, you made a giant fool of yourself by claiming that the North African French Jews who were leaving were “Maghribis” who didn’t want to be “French” (both antisemitic and racist at the same time)”

        ~LOL~

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maghrebi_Jews

        … also called Pieds-Noirs

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pied-Noir

        As for which Jews are leaving France :

        ‘Interviews with recent arrivals, she says, tell a more complex story than a disillusionment with France, not least the substantial number whose parents or grandparents had themselves moved to France from north African Jewish communities, and who make up the majority of France’s Jewish community.

        “Many French Jews who came from north Africa see Israel as the final place. They saw France as a place they were for a while before finally coming home. I don’t want to say they are not loyal French citizens, but there is a feeling being here that they are able to act and live like Jews, unlike in France, where they have rights as individuals but not as a group.”’

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/16/french-jews-israel-exodus-reasons

        Where is the anti-Semitism in this? Jews, along with everyone else, are free to leave France and make their homes elsewhere, if that is what they want to do.

      • lysias
        August 25, 2015, 2:53 pm

        It was Adolphe Crémieux, the founder of the AIU, who, as Minister of Justice, authored the 1870 Crémieux Decree, which gave French nationality to the Jews of Algeria. Thus, they occupied the same privileged legal position in Algeria as the Europeans, unlike the second-class legal status of Muslim Arabs and Berbers under the Code de l’indigénat, which also eventually applied to other French colonies. This code was gradually abrogated during and after World War Two, but Muslims in Algeria continued to have a second-class legal status, all the way until independence in 1962.

      • Froggy
        August 25, 2015, 3:14 pm

        Lysias : “It was Adolphe Crémieux, the founder of the AIU, who, as Minister of Justice, authored the 1870 Crémieux Decree, which gave French nationality to the Jews of Algeria. Thus, they occupied the same privileged legal position in Algeria as the Europeans, unlike the second-class legal status of Muslim Arabs and Berbers under the Code de l’indigénat, which also eventually applied to other French colonies. This code was gradually abrogated during and after World War Two, but Muslims in Algeria continued to have a second-class legal status, all the way until independence in 1962.

        What you write is true.

      • RoHa
        August 26, 2015, 5:42 am

        Froggy, you ask, “Where is the anti-Semitism in this?”

        It’s just above your link.

        “where they have rights as individuals but not as a group.”

        French Jews only have the same rights as other Frenchmen. They should have more, extra-special, rights just for them. Denying them additional rights is ant-Semitic.

      • Froggy
        August 27, 2015, 10:24 am

        RoHa : “French Jews only have the same rights as other Frenchmen. They should have more, extra-special, rights just for them. Denying them additional rights is ant-Semitic.

        Funny thing, RoHa. There are no ‘groups’ in France… just French men, women, and children. We’re homogenized. I don’t mean homogeneous, mind you, but homogenised… as in milk. ;)

      • hophmi
        August 26, 2015, 12:37 pm

        ” but i think it’s very possible (if not probable) that the ones who are leaving may just not feel that european or may feel out of place. ”

        Yeah, that’s why. It couldn’t possibly be the fact that their neighborhoods have become unsafe places to live. No, it’s just because they just don’t feel very European. Suddenly, tens of thousands of people from families who have been in France for decades, including nearly 7,000 in 2014 alone just leave France because they “don’t feel European.” Amazingly enough, the number of those leaving seems to go up as antisemitic violence goes up. Do you ever listen to yourself, Annie? Do you realize how stupid you sound and how offensive you are?

        Maybe, just maybe, it’s because Jews are the victims of 40% of the racist incidents in France. Maybe’s it’s because they’re afraid their children aren’t going to come home from school alive. Maybe you should stop living in denial.

        http://www.wsj.com/articles/french-jews-face-hate-they-left-africa-to-escape-1421284058

      • Froggy
        August 27, 2015, 11:29 am

        Hophmi : “Maybe, just maybe, it’s because Jews are the victims of 40% of the racist incidents in France. Maybe’s it’s because they’re afraid their children aren’t going to come home from school alive. Maybe you should stop living in denial. “

        Maybe you should look at the background of those Jews who are leaving France. The vast majority of those Jews who leave are immigrants from North Africa and their children.

        Hophmi : “Maybe’s it’s because they’re afraid their children aren’t going to come home from school alive.”

        Looking at a bunch of kids walking home from school, how can anyone determine which kids are Jewish and which kids are goyim?

        You really are full of it.

        Going into stereotype mode for a moment…. Most French Jews look French and are indistinguishable from other French people. Those that don’t look French usually look Corsican (which is still French), Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, North African, or South American, of which there are many walking along the streets of France.

        Don’t you know that you can’t tell the players without a scorecard?

      • eljay
        August 26, 2015, 2:21 pm

        || hophmi: … Do you ever listen to yourself, Annie? Do you realize how stupid you sound and how offensive you are? … ||

        hophmi huffs and puffs about anti-Semitism, but he never advocates the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality.

        A die-hard Zio-supremacist, he instead uses acts of injustice and immorality committed against Jews as justification for acts of injustice and immorality committed by Jews – including Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” and decades worth of related (war) crimes.

        I don’t think he ever listens to himself because if he did he would hear how offensively hateful and immoral – and hypocritical – he sounds.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 26, 2015, 2:25 pm

        hops, “maybe, it’s because Jews are the victims of 40% of the racist incidents in France”

        of all incidents of violent crime in france, what percentage are jews the victims? do you know?

        eljay, i don’t pay him much mind. watching the video above with these chanting racists screaming vile things and then destroying the furniture on the sidewalks…i’m not really in the mood to focus on his obsession. he’s never going to consider any agency for anyone in the jewish community (in france or israel or anything) for any of the racist violence going on. ever. it’s just a one way street.

        also, what seems very clear to me given the timing of last summers attacks in france — a lot of this hostility is political. even the jdl calling for the “gathering” was, according to them, for the support of israel. the pro palestinian demonstration – the reason they were there that day, against the slaughter in gaza – was political. but any damage occurring, is only deemed racist for only one side.

        is it a hate crime what the jdl are doing? under french law? not really. look at the police and the way they ignore the jdl. if it’s only deemed racist when directed at jewish victims but crimes committed allegedly to “defend” the jewish community (which is what jdl and vanity fairs description of this violence is) then no wonder “40%” of “racist crime in france” is categorized as anti semitic.

        clearly, the jdl should be outlawed in france. instead they allow a private ethnic militia to operate seemingly with impunity. at least that’s what it looks like in the video. and one wonders what most french people think of that?

        whereas what about hate crime perpetrated by a jew? like say, the death of Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher? is that called a racist crime? what’s the standard? when hops starts acknowledging all the systematic institutionalized hate crimes carried out on a daily basis perpetrated by the idf (jews) – with the support of my government -in the brutal occupation of palestine, i might care a little about his primary obsession. but when a slaughter is taking place in which hundreds of children are systematically being killed (mowed down like grass), while it will never make retribution based on ethnicity right or justified, calling one crime racist and the other not is the height of hypocrisy. so while his “40%” french figure might seem impressive, it pales in comparison to the death and murder that’s fueling the violence against jews in france last year. bingo. were over 500 french jewish children slaughtered in france last year, mowed down like grass? i don’t think so.

      • eljay
        August 26, 2015, 2:45 pm

        || Annie Robbins: … eljay, i don’t pay him much mind. … ||

        Props to you for withstanding his hypocritical and supremacist wind, even when it blows hard (as is often the case). :-)

      • Froggy
        August 27, 2015, 1:28 pm

        Eljay, I don’t know where Annie and the others here get the strength to soldier on, day after day. I really don’t.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 27, 2015, 6:56 pm

        thanks froggy, it does get difficult sometimes — for a number of reasons. for example, i’m looking at a comment right now of someone lecturing us for allowing all the ‘sloppy’ comments w/accusations of anti semitism’ “free roaming” here in both comments and posts and on top of that we didn’t even take a “side” on the weir issue! i just love getting lectured by someone who has no idea what does and does not make it through (other than their own comments that is). but ..since i have not even had a chance to read some of the new front page articles today much less watch the movie — i think i’ll just not clear that comment right now. anyway, the hardest part of course is reading about what palestinians are enduring, or not enduring in the case of the many slaughtered children.

        but, i get my inspiration from palestinians and their sumud. i just remember … my trials (whatever they may be) are nothing in comparison.

      • Froggy
        August 27, 2015, 7:43 pm

        Annie, if we don’t bear witness, who will?

        The accusations of anti-Semitism are valuable in exposing the hasbarists for the liars, slanderers and bullsh1tters they are. These comments should be there for everyone to read.

        The work you do is vital and I’m deeply grateful for your efforts.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 27, 2015, 7:59 pm

        thanks froggy. i too think it’s important not to silence that focus on anti semitism and to understand, or get a sense of, the obsessive quality of that conversation. i think comment sections are really important not just because we learn a lot from eachother and pass on information but because it’s important to hear individual voices. and i think over time the voices are important. you can tell a lot about a person by the voice they use. whether by design or just letting out expression impulsively. anger, hurt, frustration, reasonings, humor and all sorts of things. we’re real people behind our opinions. and some voices one may instinctively trusts more than others, over time anyway.

        because the ad hominem is the most valued and empowered tool in hasbara whereas truth is the most powerful weapon of palestinians, we’re at the advantage given historical facts coupled with the era of communication technology. this is why their best hope is based on demonizing us and the bds movement (as being racist and full of hate). this is why our voices are so important.

        anyway, gotta go! just got a phone call and realized i am late.

      • Keith
        August 26, 2015, 7:31 pm

        ROHA- “French Jews only have the same rights as other Frenchmen. They should have more, extra-special, rights just for them.”

        They don’t? I would suggest that the French anti-Semitic speech and Holocaust denial laws are one example of special rights for those with power. Notice two things, first that the initial law was passed in 1990 well after the Holocaust, however, at a point when Jewish Zionists were emphasizing Holocaust obsession, and second that the definition of Holocaust denial is sufficiently flexible to be stretched to include a lot of behavior not normally thought of as Holocaust denial. Trivializing the Holocaust (by comparing it to other examples of mass-murder?) can be construed to be denial. Zionists continually refer to Norman Finkelstein as a Holocaust denier. Currently, Alain Soral and Dieudonne are experiencing legal persecution under French anti-Semitism laws. Notice also that actual Holocaust denial is a marginal phenomenon, the laws merely a pretext to go after those who dissent.

        What cannot be emphasized enough is that these laws are not the consequence of efforts to combat real anti-Semitism, rather, they are the logical instruments of intimidation used by the powerful to silence the weak. I finish with a quote:

        “Thus ADL head Nathan Perlmutter maintained that the ‘real anti-Semitism’ in America consisted of policy initiatives ‘corrosive of Jewish interests,’ such as affirmative action, cuts in the defense budget, and neo-isolationism, as well as opposition to nuclear power and even Electoral College reform.” (p37, “The Holocaust Industry,” Norman Finkelstein)

      • RoHa
        August 27, 2015, 4:25 am

        OK, Keith. I’ll rephrase it.

        French Jews do have a few extra-special rights, but still not enough.

      • hophmi
        August 28, 2015, 1:34 pm

        “The vast majority of those Jews who leave are immigrants from North Africa and their children.”

        Yeah, I think I’ve said that many times. The Jews from North Africa didn’t arrive in France yesterday. They’ve been there for a long time. So the notion that they are leaving because they “don’t feel European” is extraordinarily offensive.

        The North African Jews also happen to be the Jews who are most likely to attend Jewish schools and synagogues in France and also the ones most likely to live in or near Arab communities in France.

        “Looking at a bunch of kids walking home from school, how can anyone determine which kids are Jewish and which kids are goyim?”

        Maybe they wear kippot. Maybe they’re the ones leaving school. Maybe they have a mezuzah on their door. Maybe they live in the same community as Muslims, and their attackers know they’re Jewish, in the same way people in Vichy France knew which people to turn over to the Nazis. Maybe the attack is on a Jewish institution, like the Molotov cocktail that was thrown at the synagogue in Garges-Lès-Gonesse. You said the same thing before. Do you think Jews in France are making all of these attacks up? Do you think that it’s all just a big coincidence? What on Earth is your point?

        I read the Guardian article that you linked to. It’s true enough to say that people leave France for multiple reasons, but you’ve got your head up your behind if you think that there’s no correlation between the huge rise in antisemitic incidents in France and rise in emigration. The linkage is really very clear. Tens of thousands of people don’t suddenly leave a country like France over the economy.

        “of all incidents of violent crime in france, what percentage are jews the victims? do you know?”

        The statistic I cited are violent crimes. Jews are the victims of 40% of the violent racist attacks in France. Read the article I linked to.

        “i’m not really in the mood to focus on his obsession. he’s never going to consider any agency for anyone in the jewish community (in france or israel or anything) for any of the racist violence going on. ever.”

        So, let me get this straight. According to you, because a few JDL thugs chanted racist slogans, Jews are responsible for the fact that they’re experiencing 40% of the racist attacks in France. Do I have that right? And the 40% isn’t the Jewish community’s number. It’s France’s number.

        http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/is-it-time-for-the-jews-to-leave-europe/386279/

        You go on and on about the JDL, known in France as LDJ. According to the numbers I’ve seen, there have been 115 violent incidents involving LDJ members since 2001, mostly vigilante responses to antisemitic incidents. But of course, still completely wrong and deplorable.

        That would work out to an average of about eight a year, or less than 1/6 the violent racist incidents Jews experienced in 2014 alone. So I have no problem at all acknowledging LDJ or the horrible things they do, but it’s not the main story here.

        As far as your changing the subject to the IDF, it’s typical enough that you’d hold European Jews hostage to your views on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. That’s your moral cowardice.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 28, 2015, 3:04 pm

        Do you think Jews in France are making all of these attacks up?

        i think when your chief anti semitism fighter is sending out alarming warnings several times a day and your fed vast amounts of propaganda it’s less likely those figures are accurate. and were you aware there are laws in france that allows a recognized anti-racist associations (like ghozlan character’s group) to initiate criminal proceedings even when the public prosecutor declines to do so? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/01/18/french-hate-speech-laws-are-less-simplistic-than-you-think/

        The statistic I cited are violent crimes. Jews are the victims of 40% of the violent racist attacks in France. Read the article I linked to.

        i asked you earlier in this thread “of all incidents of violent crime in france, what percentage are jews the victims? do you know?

        a yes or no will do.

        and for the record i do think there’s anti semitism in france.

      • Froggy
        August 29, 2015, 3:58 pm

        Thank you, Annie.

      • Froggy
        August 29, 2015, 3:52 pm

        Shocking scenes as 150 Jewish men go on rampage in Paris streets and clash with pro-Palestinian demonstrators

        — About 150 men took to the streets armed with metal bars and sticks
        — None were arrested despite going on the rampage in front of police
        — Six pro-Palestinian demonstrators arrested over synagogue break in

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2693423/Jewish-vigilantes-rampage-Paris-attack-pro-Palestinian-demonstrators.html

        (We saw the riot on French TV.)

        http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/synagogue-attributed-semitism

        Ah… the Atlantic, with the usual lies and distortions one expects from the Americans. And so the kvetchfest continues:

        http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/is-it-time-for-the-jews-to-leave-europe/386279/

        (I notice that when The Atlantic recounts Merah’s shootings, the magazine conveniently leaves out Merah’s first two shootings. As I wrote a few days ago, French gentile life doesn’t matter to the zionistas.)

        Look, Hops. I don’t give a good [email protected] if every Jew who wants to leave France does. (I emigrated from the country of my birth, so I’m not about to criticise other people who choose to do the same.)

        My concern is that all the people who choose to live in France have full equality and opportunity, and that they be accepted as being fully French members of French society.

        French Jews are not ‘special’. They are just French, like the rest of us.

      • Froggy
        August 29, 2015, 8:37 pm

        Hophmi : “Maybe they wear kippot. Maybe they’re the ones leaving school. Maybe they have a mezuzah on their door. Maybe they live in the same community as Muslims, and their attackers know they’re Jewish, in the same way people in Vichy France knew which people to turn over to the Nazis. Maybe the attack is on a Jewish institution, like the Molotov cocktail that was thrown at the synagogue in Garges-Lès-Gonesse. You said the same thing before. Do you think Jews in France are making all of these attacks up? Do you think that it’s all just a big coincidence?”

        No. I think the allegations are lies.

        Let me be clear about what I’m saying: I don’t believe these incidents happened. If they had the photos and video coverage of the bruised and bloody victims would be all over CNN 24/7.

      • hophmi
        August 28, 2015, 5:51 pm

        I have no idea, but why don’t you explain to me why it’s relevant? Jews are 1 percent of the population and 40% of the victims of the racist violence. That should shock you, rather than inspire you to ask non-sequitor questions.

      • Froggy
        August 29, 2015, 4:26 pm

        You mean like these so-called ‘anti-Semitic’ incidents?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg5sjTxOB6I

        -LOL-

        Ridiculous.

    • eljay
      August 25, 2015, 12:33 pm

      || hophmi: … You’ve either been completely silent here on French antisemitism, or, when the subject has been raised, you’ve questioned every account. It’s just another example of your callousness toward the lives of Jews in Europe. … ||

      Whether they be Jewish or non-Jewish, all citizens of all countries deserve to be served and protected by governments that believe in justice, accountability and equality, universally and consistently applied.

      The callousness of Zio-supremacists leads them:
      – to use acts of injustice and immorality committed against Jews as justification for acts of injustice and immorality committed by Jews; and
      – to behave as though Jews are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

    • Froggy
      August 25, 2015, 2:14 pm

      Hophmi :: “The quenelle has also been performed in front of the Toulouse school where several Jewish children and a rabbi were murdered in 2012. http://www.timesofisrael.com/nazi-style-quenelle-salute-performed-at-toulouse-jewish-school/

      There are, to date, zero instances of Jews from the JDL or any other Jewish organization in France, killing Muslims, and precious few of Jews attacking Muslims in any way. The story in France is crystal clear. It’s the Jews who have security issues, not the Muslims.”

      So someone made a rude gesture. So what?

      As for the murders in Toulouse, I’ll post the complete story since you never would.

      The shootings were connected and were perpetrated by Mohammed Merah (see below). The authorities determined that all of the attacks involved the same weapon, a .45 pistol.[4][31] In all three attacks, the helmeted shooter arrived and left on the same stolen scooter.[32]

      11 March: paratrooper in Toulouse

      On 11 March, Master Sergeant Imad Ibn-Ziaten, aged 30, an off-duty paratrooper in the 1st Parachute Logistics Regiment (1er Régiment du train parachutiste) was killed when he was shot in the head at point-blank range outside a gym in Toulouse.[3][4] At the time Ibn-Ziaten was waiting to meet someone who had claimed to be interested in buying a motorcycle from him, and it is suspected that the supposed buyer attacked him instead.[4] The perpetrator was described as wearing a helmet and riding a motorcycle.[33]

      The family of Ibn-Ziaten subsequently buried him in their hometown of M’diq, Morocco.[34]

      15 March: three paratroopers in Montauban

      On Thursday, 15 March, at around 14:00, two uniformed soldiers were killed and a third was seriously injured outside a shopping centre in Montauban, around 50 km north of Toulouse, while withdrawing money from a cash machine. They were all from the 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment (17e Régiment du génie parachutiste), whose barracks are close to the town. Corporal Abel Chennouf, 24, and Private Mohamed Legouad, 23, both of North African origin, were killed. Corporal Loïc Liber, 28, from Guadeloupe, was left in a coma. The security cameras showed the killer on a powerful moped and wearing a black helmet. The killer reportedly pushed aside an elderly woman, who was waiting to withdraw money from the cash machine, while taking aim.[4][35][36]

      19 March: Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse

      The Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse is part of a national chain of at least twenty Jewish schools throughout France, educating children of primarily Sephardic, Middle Eastern and North African descent. The school is a middle and secondary school, with most children between the ages of 11 to 17. It also serves as a transportation node for other schools. Many parents bring their younger children to Ozar Hatorah, and place them on shuttle buses that travel to the other schools in the area.

      At about 8:00 am on 19 March, a man drove up to the Ozar Hatorah school on a Yamaha TMAX motorcycle. He dismounted, and immediately opened fire toward the schoolyard. The first victim was a rabbi and teacher at the school who was shot outside the school gates as he tried to shield his two young sons from the gunman. The gunman shot one of the boys as he crawled away, as his father and brother lay dying on the pavement. He then walked into the schoolyard, chasing people into the building.

      Inside, he shot at staff, parents, and students. He chased an 8-year-old girl into the courtyard, caught her by her hair and raised a gun to shoot her. The gun jammed at this point and he changed weapons from what the police identified as a 9mm pistol to a .45 calibre gun, and shot the girl in her temple at point-blank range.[32][37][38][39] The gunman then retrieved his moped and drove off.

      Security was increased in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. Many Jewish institutions were already under continuous protection, but as a result of the shootings, streets in France that have Jewish institutions on them were closed to traffic.[32] President Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as other candidates in the presidential elections, immediately traveled to Toulouse and to the school and the election campaign was suspended. Sarkozy called for a minute of silence in all schools the following day.[40]

      The type of scooter used in the shootings, a Yamaha TMAX.

      On 23 March, Ange Mancini, intelligence adviser to President Sarkozy, said Merah had wanted to kill a soldier, but arrived too late and instead attacked the nearby Jewish school.[41]

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toulouse_and_Montauban_shootings

      Merah’s victims consisted of:
      – an off-duty French paratrooper, a Muslim of N. African origin
      – three uniformed soldiers, one seriously wounded and two fatalities. Two were Muslims of N. African origin, and one was a black Catholic from Guadeloupe.
      – five victims at the Jewish school, four fatally and one seriously wounded, all of them Jewish.

      Merah was a spree killer who attacked seven French people, four of them Jews. Clearly we all have security issues in France.

      Hophmi :: You’ve either been completely silent here on French antisemitism, or, when the subject has been raised, you’ve questioned every account. It’s just another example of your callousness toward the lives of Jews in Europe.

      You are completely callous regarding the French lives that were lost, unless those French lives were Jewish lives.

      • hophmi
        August 26, 2015, 12:27 pm

        “You are completely callous regarding the French lives that were lost, unless those French lives were Jewish lives.”

        Oh please. Give me a break. No one is ignoring the fact that other French lives have been lost or that Mohammed Merah killed other people before killing Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi in Toulouse. We’re talking about antisemitism here. Is it supposed to change reality somehow if Merah attacked Jewish schoolchildren allegedly because he couldn’t find a soldier to kill? The man shot three Jewish children at point blank range, including one as he crawled away on the ground. Are you honestly trying to tell me that he attacked the school by coincidence. Yeah, it’s all a big coincidence. Toulouse is a coincidence. Hyper Cacher is a coincidence.

        You’re unable to accept the reality of antisemitism in France.

      • Froggy
        August 27, 2015, 12:45 pm

        Hophmi : “No one is ignoring the fact that other French lives have been lost or that Mohammed Merah killed other people before killing Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi in Toulouse.”

        It was very much ignored, and still is.

        Look. There were three seperate shootings. In the first two Muslims were targeted. In the third he targeted Jews. Merah claimed that on the day he murdered the Jews he had been looking for more soldiers, but was unable to find any so he went to the Jewish school. (He may be telling the truth, but I’m not necessarily buying his story.)

        Hophmi : “We’re talking about antisemitism here.”

        Of course you are. That is because nobody else matters. In fact, the Merah shootings consist of three separate incidents, not just the school shooting.

        Hophmi : “You’re unable to accept the reality of antisemitism in France.”

        Oh please! You mean like this?

        Now I know that that real anti-Semitism, when ans where it exists, isn’t a ‘hoax’. I’ve seen it myself, mostly in the US. However, I have seen far more made up incidents and manufactured hysteria than real incidents. (Like the so-called ‘anti-Semitic’ incidents that were reported to the ADL in this film.)

        When you lie about people, slander them, make accusations against them (and others) that are exagerated or untrue, and diminish the sufferings of others, don’t expect people to like (or trust) you.

      • hophmi
        August 28, 2015, 1:37 pm

        “When you lie about people, slander them, make accusations against them (and others) that are exagerated or untrue, and diminish the sufferings of others, don’t expect people to like (or trust) you.”

        When you write stupid things about how Jews couldn’t be experiencing antisemitism because they look like other French people, don’t expect to be taken seriously anywhere else except Mondoweiss.

      • Froggy
        August 29, 2015, 2:27 pm

        hophmi : “When you write stupid things about how Jews couldn’t be experiencing antisemitism because they look like other French people, don’t expect to be taken seriously anywhere else except Mondoweiss.”

        If you wanna play ‘Who’s the Jew’ I can send you group photos of family and friends, and I dare you to pick out which indivduals are the Jews and which ones aren’t.

        Google the images of the massive demonstrations that took place in Paris back in January. Examine some of the close-ups, and you tell me which individuals are Jewish. You can’t. Neither can anyone else. It’s impossible.

        I’ll make it easy for you. Here is a Getty image of class at Lycée Jules Ferry in Paris.

        http://www.gettyimages.lu/detail/news-photo/maud-fontenoy-poses-with-school-children-during-her-launch-news-photo/183647691

        Look at those kids’ faces and you tell me Who’s the Jew.

        Look at the knots of kids walking home from school in Paris, London, or any city and I dare you to sucessfully pick out which ones are the Jews.

        I have no doubt that there are anti-Semites who would beat up Jewish adults and kids. I just can’t figure out how they can look at a group of people on a French street and pick out which ones to beat up.

        Am I missing something? Do Jews have a magic aura, or something like that?

      • echinococcus
        August 29, 2015, 4:37 pm

        In his racist propaganda, Mr hophmi seems to have gone one further than Rosenberg. Remember, the guy who codified racial supremacist theories for the Nazis… Rosenberg had to revive and sytematize his cranial measurement method precisely because you couldn’t tell a Jew in a crowd (as if you could with the skull, but pass). Mr hophmi don’t need no cranial measurements. Ostyiddisch, German, French, Romaniote, Sefardí, Mizrahi, Bukhari… we just know them in the street when we see them and they all look Jewish. Yeah.
        Question: considering that hophmi is so familiar with the Israelian powers that be, does his new trend threaten cranial measurements to be taken henceforth by the border police at Dawid Gruen airport?

      • Kris
        August 29, 2015, 5:46 pm

        @froggy: “I have no doubt that there are anti-Semites who would beat up Jewish adults and kids. I just can’t figure out how they can look at a group of people on a French street and pick out which ones to beat up. Am I missing something? Do Jews have a magic aura, or something like that?”

        If Jewish adults and kids were actually being attacked, it would be on cable news 24/7.

        The adults and kids who are actually being attacked are Palestinian, blacks, Muslims, and native Americans.

      • Froggy
        August 29, 2015, 7:20 pm

        Kris : “If Jewish adults and kids were actually being attacked, it would be on cable news 24/7.”

        Of course it would be. They’re lying, as usual.

        Naturally they ignore this :

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/ultra-orthodox-spitting-attacks-on-old-city-clergymen-becoming-daily-1.393669

        …along with the desecration of churches, mosques, and non-Jewish institutions.

    • eGuard
      August 25, 2015, 4:52 pm

      hophmi: The same people … denied that France had an antisemitism problem when Marie Brenner first wrote about it in 2002 [sic]. … to do anything about it.

      The point in this article (you clearly did not consume), is that the “anti-Semitism” Marie Brenner invented does not exist. Now the working hypothesis on her 2002 2003 claim is: back then, she lied too.

      • RoHa
        August 26, 2015, 5:50 am

        It is you who are missing the point, eGuard. Mere reality has nothing to do with hophmi’s claims. They are grounded in the Zioverse, and represent truths accessible only after consumption of large quantities of Ziocaine(TM).

      • Mooser
        August 26, 2015, 11:24 am

        “They are grounded in the Zioverse, and represent truths accessible only after consumption of large quantities of Ziocaine(TM).”

        Pssst! RoHa, that should be ‘accessible only during certain phases of a Ziocaine Syndrome episode’. It’s a syndrome, a collection of psychological and physiological events in response to certain stimuli, not a chemical intoxicant. Naturally, early researchers thought “those shmegeges be high on something”. This erroneous but mistaken belief later became known as ‘the Bud Libel’. Smoking pot never made anybody act like a Zionist!

      • RoHa
        August 27, 2015, 4:17 am

        Thanks, Mooser. Always good to get the details right.

    • tree
      August 25, 2015, 5:52 pm

      …the Jewish Establishment in France, which is supine and beholden to the French government

      CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France) is “supine and beholden” to the French government just as much as AIPAC is “supine and beholden” to the American government. Change it to the Israeli government and you might get a bit closer to the truth, but neither organization likes being told that they need to run for their lives to Israel, since they know its bullshit and they don’t want to leave their home countries.

      • hophmi
        August 28, 2015, 5:54 pm

        Actually, it isn’t. Communal organizations work differently in Europe than they do in the US. Like other countries in Europe, Frnace funds religious and communal institutions. So CRIF has an interest in muting criticism of the state.

    • MRW
      September 1, 2015, 5:31 pm

      Re: Hophmi, August 25, 2015, 11:10 am

      Hunh? Watch the video I posted at August 25, 2015, 12:17 am.

  10. Kris
    August 25, 2015, 11:52 am

    Hmmm, possibly Vanity Fair is part of the disinformation network that has been working so assiduously to promote hatred towards Muslims. The F.B.I. is warning that rightwing groups are plotting terrorist attacks on U.S. Muslims. https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/right-wing-extremists-plotting-violent-attacks-us-muslims-fbi-warns

    According to the memo, pervasive disinformation about Muslims and Islam is a product of conspiracy theories that have been “repeated over the course of a decade by self-appointed watchdogs of Islamic extremism, Internet bloggers and some news media.”

    Some of the sources the FBI cites are the homophobic anti-Muslim hate group Christian Action Network, anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller and a host of right-wing media outlets, including World Net Daily, Fox News, Western Journalism, Patriot News Wire and The Blaze.

    Geller’s inclusion in the FBI report is notable given her key role in what the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, has labeled the Islamophobia network.

    The top eight of the network’s wealthy pro-Israel donors poured some $57 million into anti-Muslim organizations between 2001 and 2012, according to CAP.

    A comprehensive accounting of the Islamophobia industry by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) identified “at least 37 groups whose primary purpose is to promote prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims.”

    Between 2008 and 2011, these groups received a staggering $120 million in revenue and directly lobbied for anti-Muslim legislation in states across the country, according to CAIR.

    • Annie Robbins
      August 25, 2015, 12:05 pm

      pro-Israel donors poured some $57 million into anti-Muslim organizations between 2001 and 2012

      an industry of bigotry

      • Kay24
        August 25, 2015, 1:12 pm

        You can say that again. I always suspected that the bigot, Geller, was linked to these pro Israeli groups that were hell bent on demonizing all Muslims in the US. I read the ugly comments on Huff post that attacked Islam, insulted the Prophet, the Quran, and called all Muslims, terrorists, while they protected and supported the occupier, the aggressor, and the terrorists in Israel. It certainly was a well organized, and fully coordinated, hasbara effort. It is strange that has lessened a lot. I guess the damage that they intended to do, has been done. These Israeli supporters seem to be filthy rich, and yet it is the American tax payer that has to cough up the billions to support Israel. Time they did the right thing and sent their money to the mothership, instead of poisoning minds and being racists, something their history taught them could turn horrible and end up with violence.

      • ivri
        August 26, 2015, 8:38 am

        Annie: “An industry of bigotry”
        Are you kidding Annie? Are you not aware of the massive anti-Jewish bigotry in Muslim circles? And over there it is not only talking but acting? And what about the totally-out-of-proportion demonizing- industry of Israel?
        I mean, a person can elect to look just in on direction – that`s your democratic right- but then you cannot expect to be taken seriously by anybody serious – so also don`t also be surprised to find that just about anybody in the entire US establishment is on the other side.

      • eljay
        August 26, 2015, 9:32 am

        || ivri: Annie: “An industry of bigotry”
        Are you kidding Annie? Are you not aware of the massive anti-Jewish bigotry in Muslim circles? … ||

        The existence of anti-Jewish bigotry does not invalidate the existence of anti-Muslim bigotry. Both are unjust and immoral, and both must be condemned.

        || … And what about the totally-out-of-proportion demonizing- industry of Israel? … ||

        Israel is an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist, intransigent, belligerent, nuclear-armed and religion-supremacist state that has been flouting international laws and committing (war) crimes with impunity for almost 70 years and shows no sign of slowing down. Demonization appears to be proportional.

        And, no, the existence of murderers does not justify serial rape.

      • Mooser
        August 26, 2015, 10:59 am

        “you cannot expect to be taken seriously by anybody serious”

        Gosh, I hate it when that happens. I remember how all the “serious” people said we had to invade Iraq.

        “Irvi” do you deliberately set out to make a parody of yourself?

    • ckg
      August 25, 2015, 1:04 pm

      anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller

      Geller’s web site links to Marie Brenner’s Vanity Fair article.

      • Rashers2
        August 25, 2015, 2:59 pm

        Genuine anti-Semitism in France, as elsewhere in Europe, is thin on the ground. Would that similar could be said of “genuine Islamophobia”! Elsewhere on MW, I’ve wondered about the necessity for it to be manufactured to underpin the damaged and faulty ideology. It seems the Ligue de Défense Juive may be an element of the anti-Semitism production line. With honourable exceptions, the MSM is not only pre-disposed to give Zios the benefit of any doubt but only too eager to leap aboard the Islamophobia train. It was therefore encouraging to see Peter Allen’s reportage for the “Daily Mail”, a newspaper which generally panders to a fairly low common denominator and all-too-often itself evinces populist, circulation-friendly “armchair Islamophobia”.
        Linking to the Brenner article figures as it fits la Geller’s contorted, hate-filled agenda – how I would like to suffocate that strident bigot by depriving her of the oxygen of publicity!

  11. yourstruly
    August 25, 2015, 12:31 pm

    Marie Brenner wonders whether French Jews should leave their country.

    Earlier this year Israeli Prime Minister called not only upon French Jews but all European Jews to immigrate to Israel.

    Not surprising since by its own admission Israel faces a “demographic problem”,

    which might be alleviated, temporarily, at least, by the the quick fix that the mass exodus of 600,000 French Jews would provide.

    Dirty tricks, such as those carried out last year in Paris by the French version of the Jewish Defense League, are tactics previously used by Zionists in their efforts to stampede Jews into emigrating to Israel (google Lavon Affair).

    Why is Vanity Fair allowing its pages to be used to propagandize for Jewish immigration to Israel?

  12. Hostage
    August 25, 2015, 2:58 pm

    Yep, Vanity Fair has some explaining to do. Our memories are just not that short.

    That goes without saying. I nearly had an aneurysm I laughed so hard, the first time that I read the Magazine describe NeoCons David Wurmzer, John Bolton, and “an aide close to Elliot Abrams” as “critics of President Bush’s Palestine Policies” (that were their handiwork in the first place) in David Rose’s “Gaza Bombshell” article. I’ve commented elsewhere: “If you’ve ever had a stovepipe that large shoved up your ass without noticing, you must be a stringer for the Rendon Group and be writing filler, while awaiting your next assignment for the Iraqi National Congress.”

  13. gracie fr
    August 25, 2015, 4:30 pm

    …Opposing views are not going away. The latest incident dates back to August 15 when Paris Maire, Anne Hildago reserved the day as a tribute to Tel Aviv…. “Tel Aviv Sur Seine” during the annual “Paris Plage” celebration aimed attourists but with fun and games for some but not for all.

    Pro-Palestinian sympathizers came out in force to challenge the action increasingly prevalent since since the Charlie Hebdo killings. And yes, there has been a serious damper put on any public sympathy/ solidarity regarding Palestinian gatherings.

    The result was a spontaneous counter initiative and it displays thorough knowledge of the reasons behind the new bias…. (in French)

  14. Brooklyn
    August 25, 2015, 4:47 pm

    Unfortunately – if a group claims “antisemitism” they are immediately listened to while the other party is immediately tarred and feathered. Last year here in Brooklyn – at the Barclays Center – a Palestinian-American woman was watching a game (US team against an Israeli team) and holding a Palestinian flag. Behind her – a group of Russian Jewish men were calling her “Arab Pig” in Russian and other assaults and then as they left snatched her flag. She screamed and said the guy punched her (which I don’t think he actually did – he just stole her flag). The group of Anti-Arab jerks POSTED the video on-line as if it were so funny. The one who actually stole the flag from her (Leonard Petlakh)- later that evening said he was a victim of Anti-Semetic violence by a Pro-Palestinian journalist (who days later was actually arrested in Ferguson, MI by NYPD detectives while he was covering the Ferguson shooting). The media as well as congressmen in Brooklyn – have all stated that the Palestinian woman’s “claimed assault” was not legitimate (IT WAS ON VIDEO) yet the one who stole her flag was deemed credible and the reporter is now facing HATE crime (although there was NO witnesses that he and the man came in contact with one another). Seriously… I kid you not. And the most alarming is the Jewish man is in charge of a Jewish Community Center in my neighborhood and a TEACHER at CUNY! All the news outlets ran story about a Jewish Man Assaulted by Pro-Palestinians, Israeli assaulted at Barclays Center, “Vile Anti-Semetic Attack at Barlcays Center, etc. and for the girl who’s flag was stolen “Palestinian Woman Claims She was Assaulted”. From all the protests I have witnessed – the Palestinians do not come into contact with Pro-Israeli protesters – however the pro-Israeli protesters ALWAYS antagonize the Palestinians and then claim they are “victim” when people loose their cool.

    • Rashers2
      August 25, 2015, 5:38 pm

      It’s integral to the Zionist narrative, Brooklyn: always the victim, never the aggressor (when they are, it’s “pre-emptive self-defence”). It’s impossible, don’t you see? Jews can’t be the bad guys; they’re hapless victims and everyone hates them. The “victim” was probably traumatised by seeing the Palestinian flag.
      I feel for the journalist who, from what you say, sounds to be on the end of a witch-hunt.

      • Brooklyn
        August 26, 2015, 3:04 pm

        here is one link of the final verdict as well as a link to another article. This is the most unbiased article that I could locate as most are written with the Jewish group as the victims:
        http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/310472/ny-man-charged-with-hate-crime-in-barclays-assault-on-jewish-leader/
        http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/37/43/all-barclays-israel-attack-arrest-2014-10-24-bk_37_43.html
        The first article (along with so many relating to this incident) clearly shows how the news is not correct and that journalists can pretty much say whatever they want without being questioned. He is charged for a hate crime in which it is reported there was a riot INSIDE the stadium, then the girl’s flag snatched, before it spilled out of Barclay’s Center. The truth is (as the now edited-down video showed) that the girl was minding her own business and not in any confrontation or protest against the Islamaphobes that assaulted and took her flag. Palestinians – just by showing their flag – are therefore ASKING to be assaulted or are purposely trying to make a problem just by having PRIDE in who they are? Does my keychain that says “Free Palestine End Apartheid” mean that I am looking for trouble? No, it’s my own quiet resistance.

  15. Kay24
    August 25, 2015, 5:19 pm

    Standing up for those accused of “anti-semitism”

    “Executive officers at the University of Illinois have called for the reinstatement of a professor whose job offer was rescinded over his anti-Israel tweets.
    The 41 department heads, chairs and directors in an open letter published Sunday said Acting Chancellor Barbara Wilson and President Timothy Killeen should call for the reinstatement of Steven Salaita at the next board meeting, on Sept. 10, the Daily Illini student newspaper reported.
    Phyllis Wise resigned as chancellor about two weeks ago after being implicated in a scandal over hidden emails involving the rescinding of the job offer.”
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.672945

    Time to educate people what anti-semitism really is – and it is not criticizing, nor verbally attacking Israel. Time to differentiate between the two.

    • tokyobk
      August 25, 2015, 9:01 pm

      Kay24:

      What in your opinion, if I may ask, is really anti-semitism?

      • Kay24
        August 25, 2015, 9:16 pm

        My opinion about what really is anti-semitism is the same as the dictionaries:

        “Full Definition of ANTI-SEMITISM

        : hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group”

        Any criticism of Israel, it’s officials, zionists, or it’s policies, IS NOT ANTI-SEMITISM

      • tokyobk
        August 25, 2015, 9:34 pm

        Thanks, Kay.

      • eGuard
        August 26, 2015, 6:27 am

        Why need to ask, tokyobk? Why suggest it is by opinion, not a definition? What are you wrestling with?

      • eljay
        August 26, 2015, 10:10 am

        || Kay24: “Full Definition of ANTI-SEMITISM : hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group” … ||

        1. I thought Jews weren’t a race. (If they are, I hope someone can explain to me how a religious conversion – either undertaken or inherited – causes a racial transformation.)
        2. The definition doesn’t include hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a tribe, a collective, a people, a nation or a civilization.

        || … Any criticism of Israel, it’s officials, zionists, or it’s policies, IS NOT ANTI-SEMITISM ||

        I agree. At most, it is anti-Israeli and, therefore, no better or worse than the criticism of any other country and/or its officials, ideology or policies.

      • Kay24
        August 26, 2015, 11:32 am

        Eljay, according to studies, Jews are not the only “semites” in the world. It seems like everything around them, they have made the term solely theirs.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic_people

  16. Laurent Weppe
    August 25, 2015, 7:55 pm

    he tracked the hundreds of protesters who rushed into the Marais, Paris’s historic Jewish quarter, stopping briefly at an empty synagogue on the Rue des Tournelles, near the Place des Vosges, and then racing, reportedly with iron bars, axes, and flags, toward the Rue de la Roquette.

    Urk: Sammy Ghozlan spewing bullshit… Coming from a guy who can’t differentiate Onion-like satire sites from genuine news sources, that’s not surprising in the least.

    Ok, here’s what happened: There was the Rue de la Roquette fight between the JDL and pro-palestinian protesters, and there was an actual antisemitic assault against a synagogue located Rue des Tournelles the same day.
    Since the two synagogues are only 600 meters away from one another, these two incidents tend to be conflated with one another, but they were distinct events: one was a street brawl, the other a bona-fide antisemitic attack, which involved neither pro-palestinian protesters nor the JDL (extremist jewish bullies and extremist antisemitic bullies tend to avoid each over, as both group prefer preying upon unarmed targets)

    ***

    The fracas caused French President Francois Hollande to ban all further pro-Palestinian demonstrations in France, while reports of this violence as “anti-semitic” spread on social media

    The french government wasn’t duped by paranoia-fueling article from tabloid press. The french government was informed by its own intelligence services that antisemites were trying to piggyback off the protests, which was confirmed by the protesters themselves, and that the pro-palestinian organizations lacked security services capable of stopping antisemites from hiding among protesters: the ban was rescinded when the CGT, France’s old communist labor union whose security services are used to canalize massive protests, accepted to take charge of the pro-Gaza demonstrations’ security.

    • Annie Robbins
      August 25, 2015, 9:46 pm

      thank you laurent, yes i was aware of the other synagogue attack down the street. however, your link has so many inaccuracies (not that you implied it was completely accurate or anything) as was most of the news that came out the day after the demonstration. also, there was no mention of the jdl in it. also no mention the jdl had called for a ‘gathering’ in front of the synagogue. frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were the ones carrying out the synagogue attack that did occur – as the video does suggest they were setting up/false flag attack provoking the demonstrators. and it’s not like it has not happened before. in fact the event which triggered “new security measures in Paris, surveillance cameras are to be installed at Jewish schools, synagogues, and other sites. Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has also called for debates on the problem in schools, where classes resumed on Thursday.” was an attack on a jewish center in paris by a jewish person in 2004.

      http://www.unitedjerusalem.org/index2.asp?id=484663&Date=9/3/2004

      CRIF, the Committee Representing Jewish Institutions in France, congratulated the police on their efficiency. “His behavior is unacceptable and even more so because he is Jewish. He has increased the concern and the disarray of the Jewish community faced with an accumulation of anti-Semitic aggressions. This arson casts doubt on the reality of anti-Semitic aggressions and the struggle against anti- Semitism has lost its credibility,” a statement said.

      This event occurred simultaneously with the release of statistics by the Ministry of Justice, showing that 298 anti-Semitic aggressions were recorded since the beginning of the year, a rate of more than one per day, more than three times the amount recorded in 2003 during the parallel period. 80% of the perpetrators have not been identified.

      France´s top politicians had condemned the arson attack and promised a tougher crackdown on anti-Semitism. Israel´s foreign minister Silvan Shalom had rushed off to Paris in the wake of the fire to demand tougher action.

      Paris City Hall launched a campaign against racism and anti-Semitism on Wednesday, with newspaper ads and 1,200 billboards urging people to reject discrimination, officials said on Tuesday. The ads read, “Paris says no to anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of discrimination” in large type on a blue background, city hall said.

      plus, after spending way more time then i had originally planned reading french reports and blogs and comment sections in the french press, i did encounter a lot of information about this ” Ghozlan spewing bullshit” you mention. he’s got himself quite a reputation there in france with spreading rumors about unconfirmed “anti semitic” attacks and other stuff. he was even kicked out of france’s CRIF for BNVCA filing false charges of anti semitism. http://jforum.fr/2011/03/Pourquoi-le-Crif-sanctionne-t-il-Sammy-Ghozlan/

      plus, ghozian is affiliated w/the JDL in france. i think that’s partly what this letter is about from the prez of CRIF:

      Richard Prasquier letter addressed to Sammy Gozlan

      My dear Sammy,

      We had many discussions about the actions you lead independently, without consulting the CRIF, on the most various topics related to the situation in France like abroad.

      Like I I’ai said many times, it was never my intention of wanting to “destroy” the BNVCA, and you will grant me that I was among those who have expressed to you how the more continuous admiration for your work and desire that this work is recognized by all official EU institutions.

      We are now at a time when your different affiliations make your poorly readable by government initiatives. To the extent that you’re known as a member of the steering committee of the CRIF, they suggest that the CRIF is behind your actions. Now this, you are not ignorant, has not always been the case, and it happened that I ask you not to perform actions, following which you did not see fit, or spontaneously at the request of the office of BNVCA, follow my advice.

      In these circumstances, I have decided to withdraw you co-opted as member of the steering committee. I add that I see it as a 3-month suspension period, during which I undertake not to appoint another person in your place, out of five co-opted members. Following this period of 3 months., We refer the whole point, and I hope while better articulation of your vis-à-vis the CRIF pemettra initiatives to resume cooperation that personally, I ‘ attaches great price.

      I beg you to believe, my dear Sammy, in the expression of my deep friendship and persistent.

      Richard Prasquier,

      President

      Paris, 24 February 2011

      En savoir plus sur http://jforum.fr/2011/03/Pourquoi-le-Crif-sanctionne-t-il-Sammy-Ghozlan/#D0PvSEBBGmoJPPhI.99

      (see comment section re “painful and uncontrollable.”)

      france has seen a lot. like the Alex Moses character busted for calling himself and making vile anti semitic death threats. the woman and who claimed she was attacked by 6 “North african origin” who drew swastikas on her stomach only to change her story so many times during the investigation until she finally put in custody, confessed to making it up and then apologized. of course that was only after the “anti semitism” media frenzy – screaming headlines (mobilization against anti semitism!!!) and indignant condemnations including speeches by the ministry of interior and the president about the horrors of anti semitism. otherwise known as “L’affaire du RER D ” http://oumma.com/L-affaire-du-RER-D-les-lecons-d

      it goes on and on. it was completely irresponsible of brenner to disguise ghozlan’s relationship w/jdl thugs and skip derogatory mention of his reputation in france.

      • tokyobk
        August 25, 2015, 10:40 pm

        False flag. That’s certainly the theory over at http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=995.

        But glad you are concerned with diminishing the seriousness of real anti-semitism, though I have never seen you actually find any, anywhere ever, and besides it doesn’t need its own term since to call it something special is a hostile act since #allracismmatters.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 25, 2015, 11:19 pm

        I have never seen you actually find any, anywhere ever

        liar, you’ve ask me that before and i linked to it.

        edit: your link doesn’t even go to the attack we’re discussing. i think there’s ample evidence from the video up there who had bad intentions for the day.

        are you on your lil hunt tonight tokyobk? out to catch an anti semite?

      • Mooser
        August 25, 2015, 11:22 pm

        ” and besides it doesn’t need its own term since to call it something special is a hostile act since #allracismmatters.”

        You make me feel a lot better, “tokyobk”! When I look at it that way, as one among all the hostile acts, hostile acts against Jews aren’t much to worry about. Certainly, by any measure, they hardly rise to the level or number of hostile acts perpetrated in the name of, if not under the auspices of the Jewish State and Jews.

      • echinococcus
        August 26, 2015, 12:36 am

        I’ve been following you for a while, too, Tokyobk and haven’t seen you ever identify a single case of “real antisemitism”, which I suppose we’ll agree will be a case of racism, as you this time make clear.

      • tree
        August 26, 2015, 7:12 am

        edit: your link doesn’t even go to the attack we’re discussing. i think there’s ample evidence from the video up there who had bad intentions for the day.

        Annie, TBK has already made it clear in the Roundtable thread that he doesn’t bother reading the articles. He just goes prowling for “Jew hobbyists” among the commenters, whom he can then invite to his little club with the Rabbi with the racist “shtick”, and pretend that the Rabbi’s racism doesn’t really count and isn’t worth confronting. One might think that he’d have to understand the original post in order to understand the comments make in response but apparently not. It’s probably one of those smell things.

      • aiman
        August 26, 2015, 9:13 am

        “But glad you are concerned with diminishing the seriousness of real anti-semitism, though I have never seen you actually find any, anywhere ever.”

        tokyobk, it seems very odd that your ever roving eye has not found-someone-else-finding (how does that work?) that holy grail of racisms. Double the horn? http://www.keswickhuntclub.com/fox-hunting/a-glossary-of-fox-hunting-terms/

      • Mooser
        August 26, 2015, 11:01 am

        “are you on your lil hunt tonight tokyobk? out to catch an anti semite?”

        Annie, everybody needs a hobby.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 26, 2015, 3:11 pm

        TBK has already made it clear in the Roundtable thread that he doesn’t bother reading the articles.

        maybe he just cruises the 100 comments thread and inserts himself after key phrases. or maybe he’s got some google alerts set up for those key phrases like “mondowiess false flag” and then he swoops into thrust his trusty keyboard daggers.

        He just goes prowling for “Jew hobbyists”

        lol. forget the crimes taking place, ignore the article, it’s another jew-a-thon!

        well, i’m not over with this story at all. the next ones going to focus on brenner’s quotes (and i don’t know or care if she’s jewish. her ethnicity is irrelevant to her allegations as far as i am concerned). like i said, some explaining to do.

      • Keith
        August 26, 2015, 8:14 pm

        MOOSER- “Annie, everybody needs a hobby.”

        Mooser, are you suggesting that Tokyobk is a Goy Hobbyist?

      • Mooser
        August 27, 2015, 4:31 pm

        “Mooser, are you suggesting that Tokyobk is a Goy Hobbyist?”

        I am mystified, or more likely not capable, of understanding what “tokyobk” is trying to accomplish.

    • tree
      August 26, 2015, 6:47 am

      Annie and Laurent, I think you are both mistaken about the Rue de Tournelle synagogue. I think the article Laurent linked to was wrong on so many points that it was most likely wrong on that, too.

      There was a firebombing two days earlier than the Sunday demonstration that happened on a Friday night at the entrance to a synagogue in Aulnay-sous-Bois, a suburb of France. I think that attack was falsely, or mistakenly, confused with what happened two days later after the demonstration against “Protective Edge” that ended at the Bastille in Paris on that Sunday.

      This is mentioned in the original MW report from last year:

      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.

      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/synagogue-attributed-semitism#sthash.hOqHqRn3.dpuf

      The firebombing of the synagogue in Aulnay-sous-Bois was not connected with any demonstration. It appears it was a random act of vandalism, with no arrest made, and it was not as harrowing as one might expect from its description as a firebombing. I looked up the event on LeMonde, and this is the Google translation from the French:

      A Molotov cocktail was thrown on the night of Friday to Saturday, July 12, against a synagogue in Aulnay-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis), causing no injuries and only causing little damage, a-t- was learned from sources. The Molotov cocktail, a small device made with a soda can was launched against the door of the synagogue of the Clermont-Tonnerre Street in the south of the city, said a police source.

      “No one was injured. There are only slight damage, “said Bruno Beschizza, UMP mayor of the municipality. According to police sources, “the door of the synagogue was a little blackened.” “There was no other damage,” Has it said.

      http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2014/07/12/un-cocktail-molotov-jete-contre-une-synagogue-a-aulnay-sous-bois_4456092_3224.html

  17. Greta
    August 26, 2015, 4:17 am

    There have actually been articles written already about what happened that day. Many of us were either in Paris or in other French cities. “During the 51 dark days for Gaza in July and August 2014, hundreds of thousands marched against Israeli barbarity, from major cities like New York to municipalities like Worchester, UK. We raised our collective voices in outrage over the massacres of women, old men and children by the world’s 5th largest military. And we marched in France as well. In cities and towns around France, we raised the Palestinian flag, spoke out about Israel’s genocidal attacks that murdered over 2,500, mostly civilians. – See more at: http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2015/4/16/myths-around-the-french-ban-on-pro-palestine-protests#sthash.agexkq91.dpuf

  18. The Hasbara Buster
    August 28, 2015, 9:19 am

    @Laurent Weppe

    Since the two synagogues are only 600 meters away from one another, these two incidents tend to be conflated with one another, but they were distinct events: one was a street brawl, the other a bona-fide antisemitic attack

    There is no conflation. The horrifying international headlines, such as “In riot outside synagogue, French Jews were left to protect themselves,” all refer to the alleged attack on worshippers gathered at the Rue des Roquettes synagogue, which happened to be false. The Rue des Tournelles attack was barely mentioned in the news, and there is scarce information about what really happened there, although carification will be welcome.

    The point here is that while antisemitic incidents do take place in France on an individual scale, the image of defenseless French Jews attacked by mobs for being Jewish is a complete fabrication.

  19. PeaceThroughJustice
    October 25, 2015, 11:41 pm

    It’s two months later, but this link belongs here (just in case Marie Brenner some day decides to continue her researches into the “special security patrols” of Paris) —

    BUZZFEED JOURNALIST ATTACKED BY FAR-RIGHT JEWISH EXTREMISTS IN PARIS
    Friday 23 October 2015
    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/oct/23/buzzfeed-journalist-attacked-paris-david-perrotin-ldj-afp?CMP=share_btn_tw

    • Annie Robbins
      October 26, 2015, 2:43 pm

      thanks ptj. i was going to do a write up on that article the other day and got side tracked. horrific.

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