Friday, May 13, 2016

France: Jews now feel that they are looked upon as second-class citizens

The Washington Post reports about "an uncertain future for Jews in France

But a sense of anxiety nevertheless pervades a community that accounts for just 1 percent of the total French population but nearly half of all victims of what French authorities call “xenophobic” violence.

“Jews — who have been living in France for 2,000 years and have been full citizens since 1791 — now feel that they are looked upon as second-class citizens,” said Roger Cukierman, president of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, an umbrella organization of community leadership.

In the historic fount of liberty, equality and fraternity, Jews are now struggling to consolidate safety and security in a France where radical Islamist violence has been rising.

In the past decade, France has seen a number of high-profile anti-Semitic attacks.
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