Wednesday, October 28, 2015

France: France2 sets out to prove Jews are lying about antisemitism

Vincent and Nativel are not the first reporters to conduct this experiment, nor are they the first to which nothing happened.  Sometimes Jews are attacked, and sometimes they're not.  But they are the first to cast doubts about the experiences of a Jew.   

Their logic: "If we spent X hours in the streets and weren't attacked, then obviously a Jew who experienced otherwise must be lying."

Way to go French media!

Here's my theory: Jews are fleeing France because the French media (and police and general public etc), don't take Jewish concerns seriously.  They speak high and mighty about fighting antisemitism, but when it comes down to it, the nitty-gritty little details, they'd rather prove Jews are lying then actually do something about the Jewish experience of fear.   

Via Algemeiner:

Two France 2 reporters, Thierry Vincent and Julien Nativel, decided to put Klein’s thesis about French antisemitism to the test, by producing a video of their own, using the same model. Vincent, though not a Jew, donned a kippah and spent days wandering around Paris. The finished product was released last week.

Lo and behold, as Vincent said he had expected, the results were nothing like those of Klein.
“In the 12 days [I spent] with a kippah [on my head], I experienced no violence or insult,” Vincent asserted. “Antisemitism exists, as all the numbers say, but how is my video so different from that of Zvika Klein? Who is this journalist?

Casting aspersions on Klein — whose newspaper is one of two media outlets owned by American-Jewish casino magnate Sheldon Adelson (the other one being Israel Hayom) – was easy for Vincent to do on political grounds. The left-wing leanings of his network, as well as its unfavorable coverage of Israel, are no secret.

Still, he did make a special trip to Jerusalem a few weeks ago to meet with Klein and interview him for a broadcast. It was during that session, Klein told The Algemeiner, that Vincent revealed he had created his own video, which yielded opposite results. Far from taunting him, Vincent showed, the public was friendly.

“I told him I was glad to hear that his experiences as a ‘Jew’ in Paris were positive, because all the French Jews I’ve spoken to say they’re afraid to be visibly Jewish,” Klein said. “And I stood by my own findings, which are more in sync with statistics about French antisemitism than his.”

When asked why Vincent and his crew were so keen on refuting his work, Klein used an exchange he had with Vincent’s cameraman – a non-Jew with a Jewish girlfriend. “He told me that when she saw my video, she said she had to leave the country. He then asked me in an accusatory way whether I grasped the detrimental effect such a video can have on French citizens.”  more

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