Throughout the world, and specifically France, anti-Semitism poses a major problem for the Jewish people. According to a recent Anti-Defamation League survey, one in four adults around the world harbors anti-Semitic sentiments. In Europe, France has the second highest percentage of anti-Semites, with 37 percent, which correlates to the frequent attacks against French Jews. Alarmingly, there were 851,251 anti-Semitic attacks in France during 2014, attacks that have taken various forms of violence. For instance, in a social experiment, reporter Zvika Klein was harassed in the streets of Paris for wearing a kippah. This video shows his chilling experience as ordinary people spat and cursed at him simply because of his Jewish identity. Following attacks on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Amedy Coulibaly assaulted a kosher supermarket, killing four people before holding numerous hostages at gunpoint for hours. In this graphic French video, police siege the building with rifles and shields, showing the force needed to save the Jews left inside. During another anti-Semitic attack, a mob of 400 pro-Palestine supporters attacked the Jewish Synagogue Rue de la Roquette. It was not until riot police and members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) clashed with the mob that it dissipated. This attack was caught on camera in this violent video. While these are only some of many horrific anti-Semitic attacks in France, they display the life-threatening dangers of being a Jew in France.
What is causing the rise of anti-Semitism in France? Anti-Semitic attacks in France have largely been perpetuated by radical Islamists, a group that has the ability to thrive among a slow French economy and many jobless Muslim refugees. French authorities believe that only a small number of radicalized Muslims are responsible for a majority of recent anti-Semitic incidents in France. But, even protests by non-radicalized Muslims against the State of Israel or the Jewish people often evolve into violent anti-Semitic riots in France.
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