French celebrities call for 'Fight against anti-Semitism' before 'it's too late'

French celebrities call for 'Fight against anti-Semitism' before 'it's too late'

French celebrities call for 'Fight against anti-Semitism' before 'it's too late'

Amid the recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in France, more than 300 politicians and celebrities signed a petition denouncing the "new anti-Semitism" they believe is a product of the Islamic radicalization in France. "Before France is no longer France", reads the manifesto published by Le Parisien and signed by politicians from the left and right, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy and film star Gerard Depardieu.

"We demand that the fight against this democratic failure that is antisemitism becomes a national cause before it's too late".

France's Jewish community of more than half a million is the largest in Europe but has been hit by a wave of emigration to Israel in the past two decades, partly due to the emergence of virulent antisemitism in predominantly immigrant neighbourhoods. The signers also accused the media of trying to silence the subject and neglecting it in their coverage. "French Jews are 25 times more at risk of being attacked than their fellow Muslim citizens".

The murders referenced include the barbaric killing of Ilan Halimi in 2006, as well as the deadly shooting of three schoolchildren and a teacher at a Jewish school by Islamist gunman Mohammed Merah in the city of Toulouse in 2012.

Three years later, an associate of the two brothers who massacred a group of cartoonists at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo killed four people in a hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

In April 2017, a Jewish woman in her sixties, Sarah Halimi, was thrown out of the window of her Paris flat by a neighbor shouting "Allahu Akhbar" (God is greatest).

Pointing an accusing finger at mainly this "new anti-Semitism" that rages in the Muslim neighborhoods of France's major cities under the influence of radical Islam, the signatories are asking "that the verses of the Koran calling for the murder and punishment of Jews, Christians and unbelievers be struck by the theological authorities, as the incoherencies of the Bible and Catholic anti-Semitism were abolished by (the council) Second Vatican Council [in the 1960s], so that no believer could rely on a sacred text to commit a crime".

Condemning the "dreadful" killing, President Emmanuel Macron had reiterated his determination to fighting anti-Semitism.

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