Two years ago, NRG correspondent Zvika Klein took a hidden camera, and a bodyguard, to the streets of Paris and silently walked for 10 hours wearing a tzitzit and a kippa to record reactions from passersby. Walking in Paris as a Jew proved to be an unwelcoming experience as every street corner brought new derogatory comments from the local Arabs.
Klein was yelled at, intimidated, and spat upon. Adults shouted, "Viva Palestine," and "I'm joking, the dog will not eat you." A teenage girl said, "Look at that – it's the first time I've ever seen such a thing." A child asked his mother, "What is he doing here Mommy? Doesn’t he know he will be killed?"
Such is life for a Jew in France these days, and it’s only getting worse.
A new report out of Paris tells of an “internal exodus” that continued in 2017 as French Jews feel unwelcome and forced from their homes “by levels of anti-Semitism not seen since the end of the Second World War,” Breitbart notes.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said:
“This ‘internal exodus’ is difficult to quantify, but it is clear that many synagogues of Seine-Saint-Denis have closed, for lack of people. In Pierrefitte, the rabbi has recorded a 50 percent decline in the congregations since his arrival thirteen years ago. A similar story is told in (nearby) Bondy, where attendance on Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the Jewish calendar) has fallen from about 800 to 400 in the last decade.”
Every rabbi says the same thing: “There are places where we do not feel welcome.”
“It’s hard to explain, it’s provocations, it’s looks,” they say of the “deteriorating climate.”
It’s said that any attire or symbols that identify people as Jewish are often hidden from public view to avoid ridicule or even attacks. However, that’s not a solution that works every time.
Breitbart reports on the exodus by the numbers:
More than 5,000 departures were recorded in 2016 on top of the record 7,900 who left in 2015 and 7,231 in 2014. In total, 40,000 French Jews have emigrated since 2006, according to figures cited by AFP.
This is Europe’s multicultural experiment. Great job.