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Publié le 13 Mai 2014

French Jewish leader: 'It’s not so pleasant living there as Jews’

Speaking in New York, president of French Jewish umbrella group says 40% of violent hate crime in France targets Jews.

France’s flag has three stripes, and its motto promotes three values: liberty, equality and fraternity. Now, its Jewish community - Europe’s largest — faces three threats, according to Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish organizations and a vice president of the World Jewish Congress.

In an appearance at New York’s French consulate, Cukierman laid out the trio of challenges: an increasingly radicalized Muslim immigrant population that scapegoats Jews, the growing popularity of the far-right National Front party headed by Marine Le Pen, and widespread anti-Israel sentiment among French leftists.

“It’s not so pleasant living there as Jews in this period,” Cukierman said, adding that at a recent anti-government demonstration, “a crowd of 17,000 people was yelling, ‘Jews, France does not belong to you.’” (An audience member disputed his characterization later during a Q&A session, arguing that only about 500 demonstrators joined in the anti-Jewish chants.)

Forty percent of violent hate crimes in France target Jews, Cukierman said… Read more.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.590281

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