Friday 15 December 2017

Video claims to show rampant anti-semitism on Paris streets

Kunal Dutta

An Israeli journalist has filmed the anti-Semitic experiences he claims to have endured during a ten-hour walk around Paris.

Entitled “Ten hours walking in Paris as a Jew”, the video sees Zvika Klein donning a kippah, or yarmulke, in front of the Eiffel Tower before wandering around the French capital.

The footage has been edited down to 96 seconds. Some 1 million people have viewed the clip since it was uploaded on Sunday.

While his reception in tourist areas appear peaceful, it is in suburban areas with high Muslim populations where he claims to have received “hateful stares, belligerent remarks, and hostile body language”.

In one filmed sequence, a group of suburban youths can be heard saying: “Arsehole. He’s gonna get f***** from the front and back.”

Walking past a school in one of Paris' neighbourhoods, a boy can be heard saying: "Vive Palestine".

Others appear to spit as he walks past.

The video was produced for NRG, an Israeli news website owned by Sheldon Adelson, a US-based billionaire who is a friend and supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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It comes amid government concerns of an exodus by France’s Jewish citizens in wake of an increasing fears of anti-Semitism.

Some 7,000 French Jews left the country for Israel in 2014, more than double the number of a year before.

That trend had dismayed the French government well before last month’s attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris by gunman Amedy Coulibaly, which left four French Jews dead.

That latest attack has caused many to question whether they remain safe in the country.

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Mr Netanyahu last night appeared to irk French authorities on Monday by urging Jews in France and Europe to emigrate, saying: “Israel is waiting for you with open arms.”

Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, dismissed Mr Netanyahu’s comments as electoralism ahead of a vote on March 17, adding: “The place for French Jews is France.”

Independent News Service

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