EUROPE – The End of a Jewish Presence in Europe?

Gatestone Institute | Guy Millière | Dec. 20, 2020


On December 3, the French National Assembly passed a resolution adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism. MP Meyer Habib, who supported the resolution, delivered a passionate and poignant speech, highlighting the extent of the anti-Semitic threat in today’s France, and the close links between hatred of the Jews and hatred toward Israel. Pictured: France’s National Assembly in Paris. (Image source: Daniel Vorndran/DXR/Wikimedia Commons)

On December 3, the French National Assembly passed a resolution adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism. The resolution stressed that the definition “encompasses manifestations of hatred toward the State of Israel justified solely by the perception of the latter as a Jewish collective.” MP Meyer Habib, who supported the resolution, delivered a passionate and poignant speech, highlighting the extent of the anti-Semitic threat in today’s France, and the close links between hatred of the Jews and hatred toward Israel:

“Since 2006, twelve French people have been murdered in France because they were Jewish. Although Jews represent less than one percent of the population, half of the racist acts committed in France are committed against Jews. Anti-Zionism is an obsessive demonization of Israel and an abuse of anti-racist and anti-colonial rhetoric to deprive the Jews of their identity.”

He added that getting the votes to pass the resolution was extremely difficult because of a general lack of “political courage” — sadly, a quality often absent in France when it comes to anti-Semitism and Israel.

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