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France's March Against Anti-Semitism: Who Marched-Who Didn't

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Yesterday, an estimated 180,000 French people took to the streets all over the country to march against anti-Semitism, an estimated 100,000 just in Paris. The march drew some controversy over who chose to attend and who did not. French President Emmanuel Macron, while he issued numerous statements against Jew-hatred, chose not to march, for which he is drawing criticism. Far-left politician  Jean-Luc Melenchon also refused to march since, well, he is pro-Palestinian. Conservative leader Marine Le Pen did march, and that drew comment since some have accused her party, Rassemblement National, of having some anti-Semitic influences. Much of that comes from Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has a long history of anti-Semitic statements.

According to the below article by Clemence de Longraye in the conservative outlet, Boulevard Voltaire, another group was noticeable by its absence. The Muslim community in France.

While it is impossible to gauge how many individual Muslims marched on their own initiative (a couple of dissident imams did, in fact, participate), it appears that community leaders discouraged their faithful from attending. Of course, today, France is remembering the 8th anniversary of the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks (Bataclan nightclub, etc) carried out by Muslim fanatics. It should also be pointed out that there are very logical reasons why few Muslims would join yesterday’s march. One reason is the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, in which almost all Muslims support Hamas. Another reason is that anti-Semitism is deeply embedded in Islamic teaching. How could any Muslim religious leader urge their followers to march against what is in the Koran and the hadith?

The below article is translated by Fousesquawk.

Editorial: March against anti-Semitism-Largely absent, the Muslims

Clemence de Longraye  13 November, society, anti-Semitism 

“France marches against anti-Semitism”. Seen from abroad, the fight against anti-Jewish hate seems unanimous in France. Really? This Sunday, 12 November, as 180,000 French (all religions combined) hit the streets to say “no” to anti-Semitism, one community was absent: the Muslims. 

The day after the demonstration, several participants were moved by this absence. On CNews, Meyer Habib, deputy of the Republicans for Overseas French, notes that “there was a large absence in this march, the Muslim community”. An observation shared by the Jewish authorities in France. At the microphone of RMC, Elie Korchia, president of the Central Israeli Consistory of France, though he welcomes the success of this demonstration, laments this absence. “It’s too bad. When you have the world on the streets, that all religions are there, and the one missing is the Muslim religion, it’s a glaring absence,” he laments. And his colleague, Joel Mergui, president of the Israeli Consistory of Paris, adds on France Info: ” We did not see Muslims massively appealing to come and demonstrate.”  

The silence of Muslim authorities

As Joel Mergui points out, the absence of Muslims in France in the march against anti-Semitism is notably due to the silence of the Muslim authorities. With the exception of some dissident imams like Hassen Chalgouni (Drancy) or Tareq Oubrou (Bordeaux), who publicly announced their participation in the November 12 march, the majority of Muslim authorities preferred to keep their silence. The organization, Muslims in France (UOIF), accused of proximity to the Muslim Brotherhood, though they claimed “to condemn all forms of hate or violence against our Jewish compatriots without reserve and with the greatest firmness,”  did not wish to respond to the appeal of Gerard Larcher, president of the Senate, and Yael Braun-Pivet, president of the National Assembly, to march against anti-Semitism. 

The French Council of the Muslim Worship (CFCM), for its part, made clear its refusal to participate in this demonstration. On November 8, on X ( formerly Twitter), the (group) hid behind the participation of the Rassemblement National in this march to justify its non-participation. In a press release, the CFCM explained that they “understand the reticence of Muslims in France to march alongside anti-Muslim racists”. And it continued, “This march, which has the exclusive objective of denouncing anti-Semitism, should have made it a fight against racism. And there, we would have attended this march with all our hearts”.

A new anti-Semitism

This glaring absence in the march against anti-Semitism also shines the light on the new anti-Semitism that the Jewish community confronts today. In effect, as revealed by “X-ray on anti-Semitism”, conducted by the Foundation for Political Innovation (Edition 2022), 15% of Muslims say they “feel antipathy toward Jews, that is a proportion more than 10 points more than that measured in the population as a whole”. Moreover, the hostile prejudices toward the Jewish community find a particular echo within the Muslim community. Thus, the idea of Jewish control over the media (54%, that is 30 points more than the French population) or finance (51%, + 27 points), is “shared by ( more than 50% ) of Muslims”. This adherence to anti-Semitic prejudices is even stronger when the Muslim regularly frequents the mosque, Fondapol also notes. It is logical that the imams did not mobilize very much for the demonstration. 


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    • Fake News = The False Prophet

      “the new anti-Semitism that the Jewish community confronts today.”

      The palestinians are semites. How about israehell’s antisemitism you hypocrite?

      Semitic = relates to language only. This is never to do with or ever really has been to do with ethnicity or nationalist identity.

      Zionist = an adherent of a political ideology which is essentially anti-human, and deeply and repugnantly racist.

      Jew = one who practises the Judaic faith (Judaism) and is considered Jewish. There is no such thing as Jewishness in a racial sense, anymore than there is a Moslem race, or Christian race, etc.. The concept that there ever could be is palpably ridiculous, and an egregious deception.

      The charge of “anti-semitism” is bullshit. The Zionist state of Israel is not a Jewish state at all.

    • Night Rider

      It would serve people better to know their origins and then choose who they stand with. The Jews HATE Christian’s far more than Palestinians and Hamas. They are the descendants of the Canaanites, the very people who occupied Sodom & Gamora. One only has to look at their Talmuds; Judaism is Talmudism, see: “Kol Nidre”, Zohar 11: 64b, Makkoth 7b, Kallah, 1b 18b.
      Jesus consistently argued against the Talmuds.
      The Jews ARE NOT the descendants of Jacob/Israel, this is undisputed.
      They are however the descendants of Canaan, the very people Yahweh commanded his peoples to destroy.
      Numbers 33:55
      Deuteronomy 7: 1-6
      Exodus 23: 22-24, 16-18, 31
      2 Corinthians 6: 14-18
      White Western Europeans are the true descendants of Jacob/ Israel, we are called Caucasian because our ancestors starting around 745 BC migrated through the Darien Pass of the Caucasus Mountains, hence Caucasians, migration lasted for many centuries.

    • Fake News = The False Prophet

      London November 11: ONE MILLION march for Palestine

      The streets of Jakarta, Indonesia, are flooded with immense crowds, demonstrating strong solidarity with the Palestinian people. #GazaGenocide

      Toronto went hard… But Montreal went WAY harder! 50,000 people on the streets of Quebec’s largest city, calling ‘Israel’ a terrorist regime and ripping Trudeau a new one!

      Tens of thousands of South Africans took part in a march in Cape Town on Saturday in support of Palestinians living in Gaza, demanding that the Israeli ambassador be expelled.

      The marchers were led by clergy from different faiths chanting “free Palestine”, including cleric Allan Boesak, who called for the Israeli embassy to be shut down.

      “That apartheid state that’s been waging a war of extermination for the last 75 years against our people,” he said to the crowd amid cries of “shut it down”.

      “That apartheid state that cannot stop murdering the children. For every Palestinian child in a coffin, we say shut it down. Every piece of land stolen from our people in Palestine, shut it down,” he said.

    • Fake News = The False Prophet

      KJV: John 8:44 (Speaking to a group of Jews)

      Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    • Fake News = The False Prophet

      A 48-second video with clips from huge demonstrations today in Brussels, London, New York, Jordan, Yemen, Rotterdam, and Berlin.

      Over 100 medical professionals from across the UK have gathered outside Downing Street, to call the government to urge for a ceasefire.
      Doctors stood and read out the names of their colleagues in Gaza who were killed.

      In Australia Trade Unionists for Palestine shut down Melbourne port, to block trucks from accessing the area where Israeli shipping line ZIM operates, citing the company’s complicity in oppressing Palestinians.

      Dockworkers in Barcelona refuse to load or unload ships carrying war materials for Israel. They join the global demand for ceasefire now.

      There is a growing movement of solidarity with Palestine with millions taking action against genocide. #FreePalestine

      Satmar is America’s largest anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli Jewish community.

      The Grand Rabbi of Satmar greets thousands of his followers.

      There are thousands of anti-Zionism and anti-Israeli Torah Jews in the world, but the media never mentions them.

      Hundreds of Jews and allies are holding an emergency sit-in, taking over the island to demand a ceasefire in Gaza. We refuse to allow a genocide to be carried out in our names. Ceasefire now to save lives! Never again for anyone!

    • Fake News = The False Prophet

      Thousands of Indonesian people participated in demonstrations supporting the Palestinians in the city of #Jakarta and demanded the trial of the Zionist regime in international courts.

      Chad becomes the FIRST African country to recall its Ambassador from Israel.

      Today’s Gaza Solidarity rally in Cork was the biggest yet as more and more people take to the streets demanding an end to Israeli state terror #FreePalestine

      Manchester now – bigger than last week, young and old, all colours and creeds calling on everyone with a conscience to stop Israel’s genocidal bombing in Gaza and for a #FreePalestine after 75 years of Israeli oppression and ethnic cleansing #StopGazaGenocide

    • Fake News = The False Prophet

      Riot police start CRACKING DOWN on pro-Palestine protesters in Hamburg.

      More than an hour out and Freedom Plaza is FULL with thousands more on their way to join us.

      10.000 people are demonstrating in Rome in solidarity with Palestine, demanding an end to the bombing of Gaza.

      From London to Long Island, Berlin to Baghdad, Inverness to Istanbul, the people stand with Palestine.

      Today in Auckland, Māori performing haka at a Palestine rally

      We are off to the Toronto rally for Palestine after a successful materials making party

      Over a thousand Jews and allies are gathering with IfNotNow Toronto to mourn Israelis and Palestinians killed, to demand an end to Palestinian oppression

    • Fake News = The False Prophet

      Thousands of people participated in a protest against Netanyahu in front of his house in Jerusalem and demanded his immediate resignation!

      WASHINGTON – Demonstration in support of Palestine in US

      Sir Gerald Kaufman, who died in 2017 aged 86, proposed a total arms ban on Israel in 2014. He was a Jewish Zionist, who later renounced Zionism.

      400 Arrested at Jewish-Led Sit-in at NYC’s Grand Central Demanding Gaza Ceasefire

      Hundreds of anti-Zionism Rabbis joined the National March to #FreePalestine in Washington.

      The march has thousands gathered in #Washington already in support of #Gaza against the genocide committed by the Israeli occupation against #Palestinians in the Strip.

    • Fake News = The False Prophet

      I’ve got MANY more of these protests from ALL around the world by people of all walks, religions, including many jews and rabbis, but I’ll stop there for now.

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