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The threat to France’s Jews

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Official figures indicate that over the last two decades the number of antisemitic acts has tripled. Between January and July 2014 official figures show that there were 527 violent antisemitic acts in France as opposed to 276 for the same period in 2013. Meanwhile half of all racist attacks in France take Jews as their target, even though they number less than 1% of the population.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 19, 2015 9:27 AM

This great, but sobering article was written in January 2015, and unfortunately, the situation has not improved.  There is a lot of demographic changes and migration happening in the Western World right now, and this is but one component to larger forces reshaping the Europe.  Today many in the French Jewish community are now asking the uncomfortable question: is it time to leave France for good?  Antisemitism is not a thing of the past relegated to the World War II chapter of our history textbooks; many French Jewish families were originally from North Africa before they fled in the 1950s and 60s.  Now, France is Israel's largest source of migrants and Europe as a whole has a rapidly declining Jewish population (UPDATE: here is a video showing the French Prime Minister vowing to stop the rise of anti-Semitism in in France).    

 

Tags: Judaism, religion, Europe, migration, Israel,  France, racism, conflict.

Chris Costa's curator insight, October 5, 2015 2:44 PM

It's saddening to see the persistence of such antiquated hatred in the 21st century; for a self-proclaimed age of enlightenment, we continue to act very ignorantly. France has long since prided itself on the ideas of equality and freedom that it put forward to the world during their tumultuous revolution, but that is not being reflected in both its treatment of Muslims and, particularly, its Jewish minority. The fact that 1% of the nation's population accounts for over half of its racist attacks is a jaw-dropping statistic, and indictment of a lack of tolerance as a whole in French society. I often read of the frustration of French Muslims- many of whom are of Algerian descent- who feel ostracized in the nation they call home. A Franco-muslim soccer player, Karim Benzema, summed up this sentiment when he said, "When I am playing well, I am French. When I'm playing poorly, I'm "just" a Muslim." I must imagine that the Jewish population feels much the same way; to feel such open discrimination must make one feel like an outsider in your own home. I hope that the current French Prime Minister, who has said that they plan to take a much firmer stand against this anti-semitism, stays true to their word and takes the necessary measures to insure the safety of ALL French citizens.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 9, 2015 6:18 AM

The mass migration of Jews from Europe is an underreported story in the United States. Many people wrongly assume that Anti-Semitism  ended when the allies emerged victorious over Hitler and his Third Reich. However, the recent rash of religiously motivated attacks against Jews is demonstrating that the historical strand of Anti-Semitism still exists in Europe.  The number of attacks on Jews in France over the past few years is staggering and shocking. The people of France should feel ashamed that such acts are occurring in a nation that prides itself on the rights of man. The problem is much broader than just the tragic events in France. Anti-Semitism is on the rise in many European nations. I would shutter to think that the Western World is entering another period of violence and hatred directed and aimed at the Jewish community. Europe must act fast, or we may end up with an entire continent without a Jewish population.

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Super Seed Chocolate Protein Bars. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe - Vegan Richa

Super Seed Chocolate Protein Bars. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe - Vegan Richa | keeptrustalways | Scoop.it

Super seed chocolate protein bars! full of seeds, can be made without nuts, are smaller servings. vegan glutenfree recipe


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Large Freshwater Reserves Buried Beneath Oceans - Nature World News

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Large Freshwater Reserves Buried Beneath Oceans
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Water scarcity is growing by the day.

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Let's defend the oceans, before it's too late - Fabius Maximus (blog)

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Let's defend the oceans, before it's too late Fabius Maximus (blog) The Census of Marine Life, a decade-long international survey of ocean life completed in 2010, estimated that 90% of the big fish had disappeared from the world's oceans, victims...

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(EN)-(HI) – List of Medicinal plants | Dravyaguna

(EN)-(HI) – List of Medicinal plants | Dravyaguna | keeptrustalways | Scoop.it

"This website is a sincere effort in the field of dravyaguna shastra(ayurveda pharmacology).it provides the latest information of ayurvedic medicinal plants(herbal drugs) .the herbs are arranged in alphabetical order with the description and best photographs of the plants.many links are available related to dravyaguna and important personalities in this field.i hope this site would be very benificial and helpfull and will prove to be a milestone in the field of ayurveda. इस वेबसाईट का उद्देश्य सी.सी.आई.एम. के नवीन पाठ्यक्रमानुसार बी.ए.एस.एस. के द्रव्यगुण विज्ञान के विषय को उसी भाषा में प्रस्तुत करना है, क्योंकि आयुर्वेद के शब्दों को आंग्ल भाषा में लिखने पर समझने में कठिनाई होती है,"


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It's 2015. Fashion Is Full of Vegans. So Why Is Fur Still Trendy? - Racked National

Fur has been a constant in fashion every year for—well, forever, if you start from when it was a necessity and jump to when it was a luxury. But in recent seasons, it’s become an even hotter...

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Changing Her Tune: From Cattle Rancher's Wife to Vegan Animal Sanctuary Owner

Changing Her Tune: From Cattle Rancher's Wife to Vegan Animal Sanctuary Owner | keeptrustalways | Scoop.it
Former cattle rancher's wife, Renee King-Sonnen, has gone vegan and decided to start a nonprofit farm sanctuary, Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, after bonding with animals.
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Scientists Discover Massive Freshwater Reserves Underneath The ...

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Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle. Lead author Vincent ...

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Living in 'An Extension of Nature': CasasNaAreia in Portugal

Living in 'An Extension of Nature': CasasNaAreia in Portugal | keeptrustalways | Scoop.it

CasasNaAreia is a gorgeous holiday retreat based on the transformation of old masonry buildings into new, contemporary structures.


The property is about the experience of living almost in an extension of the natural environment, especially in the kitchen/dining area – which is laid out with a carpet of fine sand. One of the two wooden volumes was converted into a two-bedroom pavilion and the other is employed for common and social areas.

Surrounded by rice paddies and umbrella pine forest, CasasNaAreia looks out onto the Sado estuary, famous for its stunning sunsets, salt pans, flamingos and flocks of dolphins...


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