Thursday, April 30, 2009
French Anti Semitism
Below is a brief account of the very disturbing story of 23 year old Jewish student Ilan Halimi who was kidnapped tortured and murdered by a gang of Muslim youths in Paris in 2006. The trial began today. I have only become familiar with this story recently and can't help wonder why that is. If there were a gang of white supremacists doing the same to black youths in France it would rightly make international headlines. This case has not. Why ? Might it be the French trying play down the anti Semitic motive of the gang. I think what we are seeing here is French sensitivity to claims of anti Semitism. This sensitivity comes from France's reluctance to firmly come to terms with its controversial history regarding its treatments of French Jews.