What’s Behind the Resurgence in French Anti-Semitism


Mosaic: Today I no longer have full confidence that anti-Semitic hate crimes in France are handled properly.” Thus, in a recent interview, lamented Sammy Ghozlan, a former French policeman who now runs France’s National Bureau for Vigilance against Anti-Semitism.TT

Government officials, Ghozlan said, hesitate to apply the anti-Semitism label even when there is clear justification for it. One such occasion, by now notorious, was the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi, a sixty-six-year-old Jewish woman beaten in her home by a Muslim man with a history of drug use, casual anti-Jewish insults, and a troubled psyche who was heard yelling “Satan” before throwing Halimi from her balcony onto the pavement several stories below.

In covering the murder, the French national press took weeks to mention anti-Semitism. At the trial of the accused in court, Halimi’s Jewish identity was instead determined to have “clashed with [the killer’s] delirious state of mind”—so testified expert psychologists—and therefore could not itself have been the rationale for her murder.

There are many similar cases, Ghozlan observes, in which the perpetrators’ anti-Semitic “delusions” have led courts to decline to sentence the accused. more …

Opinion: It is the oldest and most pernicious hatred in the world.

In the Middle East It gets hidden under justice for Arab Muslims whose religious book does not even mention Jerusalem once.

In the EU, which should know better, it gets hidden by the Jews having too much influence in finance and politics, while 34% felt they knew little or nothing about the Holocaust.

In Russia violent anti-Semitism has declined along with Russia’s once-huge Jewish population, but disparaging jokes and stereotypes persist in popular discourse at a time when Russia’s government is aligned with the mortal enemies of Israel.

In both Catholic and Protestant denominations replacement/covenant theologies have denigrated the Jew to ‘killers of Christ’.

Curiously in South Korea and China there is a fascination with the Jewish text Talmud, which the government encourages parents to teach their children to become ‘geniuses like the Jews’.

Globally, Jewish people are one of the smallest of people groups with a gigantic influence on every aspect of western culture, representing only .02% of the global population and 22% of the Noble prizes.

Scripture tells us that God called the Jew as a special people group for Himself (Genesis 12:2-3; Num. 23:9; 2 Sam. 7:23), making them a target for Satan who opposes all that is of God (2 Thess. 2:4). That at the end of this age, He will restore them to Himself (Zech. 12:10; Romans 11:25-27), and the blessing Isaac made to Jacob will be fulfilled (Genesis 27:28-29; Zech.8:23).

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

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