Sunday, July 13, 2014
'How Dare Those Jews Defend Themselves!'
Europe is once again showing its true colors.
In Paris, violent rioters predominantly from the city's restive Arab population attacked Jews on the streets and attempted to storm two synagogues over the weekend while worshippers were inside.
The worst incident took place at the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris. Jews were besieged inside when a mob of Arab protesters pushed the five French police who were assigned to guard the synagogue and attempted to break into the building itself to get at the Jews inside.
French Jewish journalist Alain Azria, who was on the scene told the AFP that close to 200 congregants were insideas the protesters chanted anti-Semitic slogans and hurled objects at the synagogue.
“They were determined to enter and the police did not have enough forces,” he said.
According to Azria, what saved the Jews inside from serious injury and even death was men from the SPCJ Jewish security unit, the Jewish Defense League and Beitar, who engaged the attackers to defend the Jews. Six of the predominantly Arab protesters were arrested.
“Thank God they were there because the protesters had murder on their minds and it took a while before police reinforcements arrived,” Azria added. Three Jews were hospitalized, but a far worse carnage was avoided.
In Bellville, an eastern suburb of Paris, a pro-Hamas demonstration Saturday featured chants of “Itbah Al-Yahud” (“slaughter the Jews”).
On a Paris street near the main Gare du Nord train station, a Jewish 17-year-old girl was assaulted in broad daylight by a man described as being Arab in appearance when he sprayed pepper-spray in her her face. The girl, identified by her initials, J.L., wrote in her complaint to police that the man, who was in his 20s, shouted: “Dirty Jewess, inshallah you will die.”
There have been a number of reports of assaults against Jews throughout France.
In a separate incident occurred this Friday night, when the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, was packed with worshipers at the weekly Sabbath services. A firebomb went off at the entrance, and although no one was injured, the resulting fire damaged the synagogue.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned the attempted synagogue attacks "in the strongest possible terms".
"Such acts targeting places of worship are unacceptable," he said in a statement.
Needless to say, French President Hollande is pushing for an immediate cease fire. He and the Socialists carried almost the entire Muslim vote in the elections, so he likewise could care less about Israel's security or Hamas shooting missiles at them beyond a perfunctory condemnation here and there. He's mainly interested in quiet and being able to financially support the new Hamas-Fatah reichlet.
And the protesters? Here's a typical statement from one, whom identified himself as Amid Hamadouch to the AFP.
"I came to say no to this massacre."
"They are bombing innocent people. There are missiles being launched by Hamas, but the Israeli response is disproportionate. They are attacking the civilian population and not Hamas officials."
What Amid had to say should be quite reveling to all of us, and especially to Jews. Amid and his friends , of course, were not out on the streets protesting or attacking Palestinian institutions when Hamas was launching missiles and mortar shells at Israel. He was fine with it.Nor does he care that those brave Hamas fighters he admires so much are using women and children as human shields, or that the IDF is doing everything it can to minimize civilian casualties.
Even more to the point, he and his compatriots aren't attacking Israelis, twisted in morality as that would be. They're attacking Jews. Because to them, they're one and the same. And if there was no Israel, Jews would still be targeted anyway. That's something a number of Jews who pat themselves on the back as 'anti-Zionists' or whom pride themselves on being critical of Israel ought to ponder.
The same message is being sent across Europe. It's time the Jewish communities in the Diaspora started paying attention.