Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Yellow-vest protests: Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse

French Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut is targeted by yellow vest protesters shouting anti Semitic slogans Paris French President Emmanuel Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse of a leading intellectual
Jeannette Daniel | 19 February, 2019, 10:44

French prosecutors have opened an investigation Sunday into anti-Semitic comments made by Yellow Vest protesters against a renowned philosopher and intellectual a day earlier.

"The anti-Semitic insults he has been subjected to are the absolute negation of who we are and what makes us a great nation". Interior Minister Christophe Castaner described the actions of the protesters as "intolerable".

The heavy-handed police tactics have been criticised by many groups including emergency room doctors in France, and are now being slammed by members of the European Parliament.

The insults included words like "Zionist!" and "Go back to Tel Aviv!" and "We are France!"

The Ifop poll said almost half of the "yellow vests" believed in a worldwide "Zionist plot", as well as the "Great Replacement" theory, which posits that immigration is being organised deliberately "to replace Europe's native populations".

"I felt absolute hatred and, unfortunately, this is not the first time", Mr Finkielkraut, 69, told Journal du Dimanche. He expressed relief that police intervened.

Alain Finkielkraut in his Paris home.

Paris last weekend saw a rash of anti-Semitic vandalism, including swastikas drawn on pictures of Holocaust survivor Simone Veil and the word "Juden" spray painted on a Jewish-owned bagel shop.

During the latest episodes, the memorial for Ilan Halimi, a young Jewish man who was kidnapped and killed in 2006, was desecrated when a tree planted in his memory was chopped down.

He said that President Macron had spoken with him on telephone on Saturday to offer his support. But he warned that the movement had been "infiltrated" by far right and far left groups "who display crass anti-semitism". But they offered no direct evidence of a link, and the rise in anti-Semitic acts predates the movement, which began in November.

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Saturday's insults came amid reports of a stark increase in anti-Jewish offenses, which police estimate are up 74 percent from previous year.

The "yellow vests" were protesting for the 14th consecutive Saturday, but according to French media quoting the interior minister, the number of people protesting across the country has decreased.

An online invitation to Sunday's main Paris march said, 'Let's stay peaceful'.

"We are 15,000 [in Paris], that means the movement is increasing", demonstrator Jerome Rodrigues told AFP news agency.

Protesters have called for multiple rallies around Paris and some other French cities, including a Paris march expected to start at the Arc de Triomphe monument.

And he is spearheading a "grand national debate" by way of the internet and town hall meetings to gather opinions on how the country could be reformed.

"I can understand that some people have had enough, but we're not doing this just for us", said Madeleine, a 33-year old unemployed protester.

Rodrigues, along with three other people, is suing the police after being struck in the eye by a projectile he says was sacked from a police Defensive Ball Launcher.

An Elabe opinion poll this week showed dwindling support for them as more than half of those surveyed say they want the protests to stop.

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