France Implores Jews Not To Leave, Offers Military Protection
by Phyllis Chesler
January 28, 2015
earlier this week, before leaving for Auschwitz to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet liberation of the Nazi German extermination camp, President Francois Hollande appealed to French Jews, saying that "You, French people of the Jewish faith, France is your country, your place is here, in your home."
Earlier in January, in an interview in The Atlantic, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that "If 100,000 people of Spanish origin were to leave, I would never say that France is not France anymore. But if 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France. The French Republic will be judged a failure."
What have we here? The country of Dreyfus– the country of Vichy and Drancy, Nobel Peace Prize winner Yasser Arafat's home away from home, the country in which "Death to the Jews" has been yelled by mobs in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries—is this country actually waking up?
As my colleague Dr. Richard Landes has noted, somewhat bitterly, these very vocal French leaders and the French media have been entirely missing in action for the last fourteen years when French Jewish-only blood was spilled: In Marseilles, Toulouse, and Paris, in a series of torture-murders, beatings, stabbings, shootings, and attacks against synagogues and Jewish schools—anyone who cried out "anti-Semitism" or Intifada was considered an alarmist and an annoyance. Philippe Karsenty was sued by France's Channel 2 for his righteous challenge regarding the Al-Dura Blood Libel.