Commentary on the Jews of Europe
Posted by: Marla Singer
Posted on: 9/25/03
In his commentary entitled "The Jews of Europe",
Dr. Gerhard Falk says something I can't let just go because he simply libels the
French government. Here's the quote :
"These Arabs, with the implicit approval of the French government, attack Jewish community centers and
assault Jews in the streets."
Well. I'm a French Jew personally... And I can't believe someone is still saying now in 2003 that
the French government is "implicitly approving" the attacks on the Jewish community. Saying so is
Well, last year's crisis has proven Americans in general have a really dark image of
Europeans. I'm sorry to say so, but you know nothing of Europe ! And when we know nothing of something, we don't talk about
I don't deny, there has been some attacks from the French Muslim community on the
French Jewish community two years before. France has been really scared by the raise of violence we've seen in our
country. Actually, Chirac has been reelected because he wanted to fight hard against criminality. After 18
months in office, we can already say the job that has
been made by his domestic minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been a great success.
Actually, when Chirac and Sarkozy started their campaign to fight against criminality, some members of
the Muslim community accused them of being motivated by racism against Arabs!
I'm sick of people generalizing from one small event and stating it proves the evil thoughts of
politicians. No, Chirac doesn't hate Muslims, even if he had put more cops in Muslim
neighbourhoods of French cities. No, Chirac doesn't hate Israel or Jews even if he had been
opposed to the war against Iraq.
France is the third Jewish country in the world (after Israel and the US). France is the first
in Europe (before Russia, Albania or Bosnia). France is and has always been a country of tolerance.
Actually, people are now thinking we've been too much tolerant and that was the reason why we had an
increase in criminality before Chirac's reelection in 2002. France is certainly the most multicultural
country of Europe and that even before the UK and Germany.
Things are not perfect. But saying the French government were "supporting implicitly" the attacks on
the Jewish community is simply DISGUSTING.