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Paris En Flammes translates as It’s Time for Jews to Leave

Paris En Flammes translates as It’s Time for Jews to Leave

European State of Denial as “Pro-Palestinian” rioters, Islamist terrorists, and BDS street thugs are driving Jews out.

Marie Brenner, writing in Vanity Fair, explores whether Jews should leave France.

The French language version of the article is titled Paris En Flammes. With my distant recollection of high school french, that translates as Paris in Flames.

But the English language version has a more descriptive title, The Troubling Question in the French Jewish Community: Is It Time to Leave?:

How can anyone be allowed to paint a swastika on the statue of Marianne, the goddess of French liberty, in the very center of the Place de la République?”

That was what the chairman of one of France’s most celebrated luxury brands was thinking last July, when a tall man in a black shirt and a kaffiyeh leapt to the ledge of Marianne’s pedestal and scrawled a black swastika. All around him, thousands of angry demonstrators were swarming the square with fake rockets, Palestinian and Hamas flags, even the black-and-white banners of ISIS. Here, barely a mile and a half from the Galeries Lafayette, the heart of bourgeois Paris, the chants: “MORT AUX JUIFS! MORT AUX JUIFS!” Death to the Jews. It was Saturday, July 26, 2014, and a pro-Palestinian demonstration turned into a day of terror in one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of the city.

We covered those riots last summer (some of the videos in the posts have gone bad):

(more videos here)

Similar events took place in Malmo, and Copehagen, and Berlin, Frankfurt, The Hague, and London. (And, by the way, in Miami and Boston.)

But in France it seems worse than in the rest of Europe because of the large Jewish population, the high profile terror attacks on Jewish targets by Islamists including the SuperCacher supermarket, and the routine and vicious street thuggery by anti-Israel groups, such as the Israeli reporter harassed in the middle of Paris, and two Jews attacked by a BDS-related group.

Walking While Jewish is a problem in many places in Europe, but particularly in Paris.

Just this week, a 13-year old Jewish student was attacked by six men of “African” descent (it is unclear what that means in the reports, but frequently attacks in France on Jews are carried out by Arabs of North African descent):

One arrest has been made and a suspect detained by Paris police so far in the the gang beating of a 13-year-old Jewish boy last Monday (July 6) after he left the Colonel Fabien Jewish Day School.

The traumatized victim, who has not been identified due to his age and the risk such identification poses, spent his Sabbath trying to recuperate from the trauma of the beating he received at the hands of six teens possibly of “African descent.”

The boy was attacked by the gang after leaving the building in the 19th arondissement, near Gare du Nord train station, according to the Bureau National de Vigilance Contre l’Antisémitisme (BNVCA).

Sammy Ghozlan, president of the watchdog organization, issued a statement condemning the attack. “He was spotted as a Jew because he was wearing a kippa,” the group said in a statement on its website.

Note the name of the president of the watchdog organization, Sammy Ghozlan.

Ghozlan is the main focus of the Vanity Fair article, which notes that Ghozlan was the person first contacted by French Jews during the Paris riots of 2014:

Photographs and videos of the swastika and its perpetrator, of protesters chanting “Kill the Jews,” and of the Palestinian, Hamas, and ISIS flags were sent in a rush to various groups in the Jewish community who assess threats. By early afternoon, some of these reached Sammy Ghozlan, a 72-year-old retired police commissioner who has spent his career working the banlieues, the belt of working-class, racially mixed suburbs that surround Paris. Ghozlan is a folk hero of the banlieues and has a nickname that is impossible to forget: le poulet cacher—“the kosher chicken.” (Poulet is slang for cop.) For 15 years, he has overseen France’s National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism—known by its French abbreviation, B.N.V.C.A.—a community hotline he founded that is funded by his police pension and whatever small donations he can come by. Its purpose is nothing less than to protect the Jews of France.

It really is hard to excerpt of summarize the Vanity Fair article. It is long and detailed. Read the whole thing. But make particular note of how pervasive anti-Semitic violence is in France:

This past year, Ghozlan’s frequent bulletins—detailing attacks in parks, schools attacked, synagogues torched, assaults on the Métro—have clogged the in-boxes of reporters at Le Monde, Le Figaro, and Le Parisien, and of thousands of Jews throughout the banlieues. Ghozlan’s bulletins sometimes come twice a day, with claims that have also been backed up by hard numbers: according to a watchdog group, the Jewish Community Protection Service, or S.P.C.J., which reports statistics collected by the country’s Interior Ministry, there were 851 recorded anti-Semitic incidents in France in 2014, more than doubling the total from 2013. Ghozlan and his 19 volunteers are on the front lines in the most troubled areas, documenting, trying to confirm, hoping to get a reporter or a police prefect or a court to take action. There has been such an uptick, and such a flurry of alerts from Ghozlan over the past year, that there’s always a risk that his efforts will be shrugged off as yet another nuisance.

The issue of whether Jews should leave Europe in general or France in particular is a topic we have explored many times, including in 2013, Jews in Europe past their expiration date, in which we quoted  You Only Live Twice by Michel Gurfinkiel in Mosaic Magazine:

“Call it the yogurt’s-expiration-date syndrome,” an elderly, Moroccan-born Frenchman recently said to me. He elaborated:

Right after Morocco won its independence from France in 1956, my family joined the country’s ruling elite. My father, a close friend of King Mohammed V, had access to everybody in the government. It went on like that for two or three years. Then one day, out of the blue, Father told us we were leaving. We children asked why. “We’ve passed the yogurt’s expiration date,” he said. “We have no future in Morocco; as long as we’re free to go, we must go.” So we left, leaving behind most of our money and belongings. Ever since then, wherever I’ve lived, I’ve been on the lookout for the yogurt’s expiration date. In France, I think it’s close.

* * *

Can it really be that European Jewry was reborn after the Holocaust only in order to die again? Can it be that, even as Jews, you only live twice? History, of course, is unpredictable except in retrospect. But it would be irresponsible in the extreme to brush off the possibility of demise; “unthinkable” is no longer a word in the Jewish vocabulary. The sober assessment of Robert Wistrich, the instincts of Samuel Sandler and so many other European Jews—these rest on firm foundations. The expiration date looms nearer, however slowly and by whatever intermediate stages it may finally arrive.

In the aftermath of the Hyper Cacher supermarket and Charlie Hebdo attacks, it seemed that the departure of Jews from France was inevitable, Au revoir les juifs et La France:

There is a recognition of a reality that has been building for many years. Maybe France can reverse its Goodbye to the Jews, before the Jews of France say Goodbye.

Back to Sammy Ghozlan, the person French Jews turned to in times of crisis, and the leader of the watchdog group against anti-Semitism, from the Vanity Fair article. He’s left France:

For Ghozlan, July 2014 was the tipping point, after years of escalating anti-Semitic violence: “There was no debate in our family. We all knew—it is time to go. Leaving is better than running away,” Ghozlan later told me. He would ultimately come to think of the summer riots as the predictors of the catastrophes that would play out six months later in the terror attacks at the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, three quarters of a mile from the Place de la République, on January 7, 2015, and then, two days later, at Hyper Cacher, a kosher grocery store in the Porte de Vincennes neighborhood of eastern Paris.

By then Ghozlan’s classified ad—one nobody who knows him could ever have thought possible—had already been posted: “Renting a house, 4 rooms, 2 bathrooms, a veranda, a garden with 50 m. square.” Two days before the Charlie Hebdo attack, Sammy announced what, to many, including me, was unthinkable: Sammy Ghozlan, proud Frenchman and the dean of Paris’s anti-Semitic crime-fighters, had joined the thousands of French Jews moving to Israel.

You can find him now where you would expect:

Not long after the attack on the Hyper Cacher, representatives of the Ministry of the Interior appeared on the Avenue Henri Barbusse in Le Blanc-Mesnil. They had come to alert Ghozlan that he would now have a security detail posted at his house at all times. Ghozlan’s tenants informed them, “Mr. Ghozlan has moved from France,” and gave them his new address in Israel.


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This is disgusting and horrifying. Are the French so complacent as to think the rag heads will stop with Jews?

This should be a wake-up call for US Jews. It’s time to rally against Obama-Clinton-Muslim Brotherhood before Iran gets a bomb, and ISIL starts torching synagogues here.

French Jews remain in denial at their own peril.

Like Californian liberals, get out of Dodge while they still find another place to move to – and begin to destroy it.

Sam in Texas | July 11, 2015 at 10:40 pm

It is long since time for Jews to leave Europe. Whether it is Israel, the US, or some other place, they need to go. Europe will try to kill them all again.

    Vascaino in reply to Sam in Texas. | July 12, 2015 at 10:34 am

    It’s a no-brainer especially when Europe is trying to do the worst for Europe.
    The following article points out “Europe’s Great Migration Crisis ”

    ” Europe’s migration crisis is exposing the deep divisions that exist within the European Union, which European federalists have long hailed as a model for post-nationalism and global citizenship. Faced with an avalanche of migrants, a growing number of EU member states have moved decisively to put their own national interests above notions of EU solidarity.

    Hungarian lawmakers on July 6 voted 151 to 41 in favor of building a 4-meter-high (13-foot) fence along the 175-kilometer (110-mile) border with Serbia. The measure aims to cut off the so-called Western Balkan Route, which constitutes the main land route through Eastern Europe for migrants who enter the EU from Turkey via Greece and Bulgaria.

    More than 60,000 people have entered Hungary illegally during the first six months of 2015, a nearly 900% increase over the same period in 2014, according to Frontex, the European border agency. Approximately 95% of the migrants entering Hungary — most coming from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Kosovo — cross into the country from Serbia, which unlike Hungary is not a member of the EU.”

    Hoo boy, another ” Wall “.to keep out that religion of peace.

Europe’s answer to their plunging birthrates was to indiscriminately open up immigration, hoping to attract the workers to pay their inflated pensions.

But they failed to even perform the most rudimentary screening for skills and civilization, so they have hordes of unskilled barbarians, unemployed and on public assistance, with nothing to do but try to turn Europe into a pagan caliphate.

    Captain Keogh in reply to Estragon. | July 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    There are French North Africans (actually North Africans who live in France is a more accurate description) who have been there since Algerian independence who have not and refused to learn French. They live on the public’s dime. You can spot some of the “banlieues” with their “no-go areas” on the RER commuter train ride going in and out of Paris’s Charles De Gaulle Airport.

inspectorudy | July 12, 2015 at 2:19 am

This is the fox and the gingerbread man story played out in France. All of the trouble involving riots, burning autos and violence come from one group; muslim immigrants. It will be the same here in a few years and the PC msm will do every thing they can to hide the cause. HELLO! They don’t fit in anywhere they go. They want to drag every community down to the pig sty’s they left behind and kill those who disagree with them. If ever a group of human beings could be described as a cancer it is the muslims.

So did the Germans actually lose WW II? They may have lost the shooting war but it seem like their philosophy has been adopted almost everywhere.

I wonder where the French…those who will not submit…will go?

Mark Steyn was right. Of course.

    genes in reply to Ragspierre. | July 12, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Quebec, IF the Canadians will let them.

      Ragspierre in reply to genes. | July 12, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Yeah, that’s one place. Of course, they face Islam0facation there, too…

      I wonder about their other former colonies.

      Haiti…not very appealing.

      Vietnam? Maybe oui, maybe no.

      Mexico could work. They need some order there.

      It is interesting to consider we are living in a time where whole national, ethnic, cultural identities are just laying down to die.

        genes in reply to Ragspierre. | July 12, 2015 at 11:58 am

        For some reason I don’t see Vietnam welcoming the French. Maybe in another 10 to 20 years, when the last that remember French colonial rule are gone…

        Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | July 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm

        Again, as Mark Steyn has observed, the French, with the Belgians, Portuguese, Spanish, Germans, and the Dutch, are not always fondly remembered by their colonies, as contrasted with the British, who at least sometimes are.

It was time to leave in 1930. They should NEVER have returned. The Nazis could not have done what they did if most of the people weren’t Anti-Semites.

Napoleon is dead and buried, if something as humble as a child care center needs to be a fortress just because it’s Jewish, then they all should’ve left when it came to that.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Ronin0985. | July 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    There are synagogues, Jewish schools, and Jewish day care centers right here in the USA that have guards and concertina wire at the top of high chain link fences. France is hardly alone in this regard.

LukeHandCool | July 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm

The Jews in Paris have been there for centuries.

So, I wonder if, given a choice between Paris’s Jews and Muslims, …

… which group would Al Sharpton consider the “interlopers”?

Captain Keogh | July 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Starting with President Charles De Gaulle’s betrayal of Israel in June, 1967 (48 years ago), it has been going down-hill for France’s Jews. I fear that Britain’s Jews will be next.