Where were you, the sane part of the world?
How many attacks need to happen until you wake up and join forces to fight for coexistence?
How is it that in the middle of Europe, the Jews of France must conceal their religious characteristics, knowing that otherwise they will “provoke” haters?
Why are you silent about this?
How come you are silent when rallies assemble, in the middle of Paris, calling for the death of Jews and the destruction of Israel? How can you stand by as protestors vandalize stores owned by Jews? How can you sit still as they leave behind graffiti of a Swastika?
How come people are not ashamed to use the anti-Semite, dripping with hatred hashtag: “#UnBonJuif” (A good Jew), minutes after a horrifying terror attack? How come even after the vicious attacks of the past week, people still hold Jews responsible for Islamic terror?
Why are you silent about it?
After the last operation in Gaza in summer 2014, which led to a rise in Antisemitism, many Jews in Europe have felt that their governments are not doing enough to protect them, and decided to make Aliyah (immigrate to Israel.) One of these Jews, Doctor Claude Bloch, decided to write an open letter to the minister of Interior of France, Bernard Cazeneuve, just before he left his home for the last 30 years.
“You see, it’s about time for me and the other Jewish community to ask ourselves questions concerning our leaving.
We are leaving this country, a country that we used to call “sweet France” and others even called it “The country of our childhood”.
None of your explanations, neither calming nor persuading, will make me stay here, it is far too late.
Minister, enough is enough, I have no confidence in you, the government, nor the French Republic you are a part of. For all this, the subject is closed, I am leaving!!”
“So now you probably ask: why are you leaving?” The Jews in France should not be afraid” said your colleague, Laurent Fabius, Minister of foreign affairs.
Why leave? Because we must.
Can’t you see I have no other possibilities? Don’t you feel the hate, anger and the rise of the Antisemitic wave which grows every day and I am afraid that one day it will wash me off.”
“You will tell me (like some) that I am over reacting. That it is not that bad. That we are talking about “minor hates”, and small criminals. And I would have believed you; but when I see how fast these “small criminals” are released by the police. Only if I was blind, deaf or stupid, I would believe you.”
“You condoned the swastikas drawn on the mosque in Charité-sur-Loire and the
Antisemitic graffiti on the monument to remember the Jewish children who were deported from Marseille.
You said, and I quote: “These actions are unacceptable and have no place in the Republic and require a harsh and determined action”. I totally agree with you sir, these actions are unacceptable and no, they do not have any place in our Republic, but please explain to me, Minister of Interior, your job is to be responsible for the police and the order in the Republic, how did you let actions like these occur in front of your cops, in front of the journalists and cameras from around the world, on Saturday the 26th of July 2014, at the Republic’s main square?
That day swastikas were drawn and people were performing the Nazi salute under the statue that represents the Republic and its motto “liberty, equality, fraternity”.
Let me tell you what I saw, felt and thought on that crucial day at the Republic’s square, because I was there.
“On Saturday the 26th the message was clear: The law has no value, no meaning and you can do whatever you want…everything is allowed even the worst things!!!
And here all the borders were shattered and… What now? Now you can climb the statue in the Republic’s square, draw swastikas, you can wave with flags of Hamas and the Islamic jihad, you can perform the Nazi salute in-front of everyone.”
This was written by Doctor Claude BLOCH in 25/08/2014
On January 9, 2015, an Islamic terrorist named Amedy Coulibaly entered a Jewish grocery store with the intention of killing Jews. Four customers, whose only crime was being Jewish, never made it back to their homes.
After the initial shock, one of the survivors said: “We were hiding in the refrigerator and kept quiet so that the killer won’t hear us.” Can you recall a time in history, one of the darkest this world has seen, when Jews had to hide to stay alive? When children were asked to keep quiet or death would find them?
And where was the sane part of the world then?
Lately, it seems as if France, which takes pride in proudly waving the flag of democracy and freedom, has lost these values. Terror takes over, but instead of fighting it, people turn to the easiest way out- blaming a minority for all their troubles. Sadly, the rest of Europe is not far behind.
Written by: Gilad Katz.