A suspected arson attack on a French kosher grocery store revived fears over anti-Semitism on Tuesday, three years to the day since an assault on a Jewish supermarket by an Islamist gunman.
Although details are sketchy in this attack, it looks highly suspect given the anti-Semitic attacks Jews have been facing in France since the streaming in of Muslim migrants, and the fact that another kosher supermarket, the Hyper Cacher market, was the victim of a previous jihad attack three years ago to the day.
It is also unimaginable to think that because of a person’s identity that he or she will be pushed from a third-floor window and die; while another family would be beaten, held hostage and robbed, also because of their race. This is what happened to Jewish victims at the hands of Islamic supremacists in France; and what has France done about this escalation of jihad and Islamic anti-Semitism? Everyone knows that such violence would never be tolerated against any other group. The President of the Confederation of Jews in France only days ago warned that in a few decades, there will be no Jews in France.
“French Kosher Store Burns Down on Attack Anniversary”, Breitbart, January 9, 2018:
PARIS (AFP) – A suspected arson attack on a French kosher grocery store revived fears over anti-Semitism on Tuesday, three years to the day since an assault on a Jewish supermarket by an Islamist gunman.
Prosecutors said the store in the southern Paris suburb of Creteil caught fire overnight, days after it was daubed with anti-Semitic graffiti.
“The damage is believed to be very severe,” Creteil prosecutor Laure Beccuau told AFP.
A source close to the police probe said it was “too soon to discuss motives” though Beccuau said investigators do not believe the fire was an accident.
The Promo & Destock store was one of two neighbouring kosher shops in Creteil that were daubed with swastikas last Wednesday.
Israel’s ambassador to France Aliza Bin Noun called the fire a “shameful provocation” on the third anniversary of the January 9, 2015 attack at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in eastern Paris.
Jihadist gunman Amedy Coulibaly killed three customers and an employee in an attack that triggered deep concern over growing anti-Semitism.
That attack came two days after Coulibaly’s close friends Said and Cherif Kouachi gunned down 11 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, kicking off a wave of jihadist attacks in France.
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That year, a record 7,900 French Jews emigrated to Israel, many of them citing increased fears over anti-Semitism.
Though the exodus has since slowed, a string of anti-Semitic crimes have continued to worry France’s large Jewish community.
In April 2017, a Jewish woman was murdered, pushed from a third-floor window by a Muslim neighbour, while a Jewish family was beaten, held hostage and robbed in what rights groups said was a hate crime.
Former prime minister Manuel Valls told Europe 1 radio that more needed to be done to tackle anti-Semitism, which he said had become “deeply rooted” in France.
“What has changed over the past three years is the awareness of this level of anti-Semitism,” he said.
Valls said French society as a whole had failed to mobilise in support of Jews following attacks such as the 2012 Islamist shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse in which four people were killed, three of them children.
“These are crimes that must be prosecuted and condemned, we need to do more,” he said.
Abdelkader Merah, the brother of the jihadist who carried out the school attack, was handed a 20-year jail sentence in November….