Anti-Semitic acts in France rose by 69 percent in the first nine months of 2018, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said Friday, on the 80th anniversary of the infamous ‘Kristallnacht’ attacks on Jews in Nazi Germany.
80 years ago today, the satanically-driven Nazis of Hitler’s Germany launched an horrific attack on the Jewish population within their borders that was designed to instill fear in the hearts and minds of the Jewish people. More than an isolated incident, is was the harbinger of what was to come in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and other places. It triggered a world war that, by its conclusion, left 55 million people dead, and a full 50% of the global Jewish population dead.
“Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.” Lamentations 1:3 (KJV)
In 2018, anti-semitism in France has risen a mind-numbing 69%, and the Prime Minister of that nation says those acts of terror against Jews are ‘relentlessly increasing’. Today, America’s Christians stand in solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people, and condemn all acts of anti-semitism wherever they occur. The Jews are still God’s chosen people, and He will hold you personally accountable for how you treat them. Genesis 12:3 is still in full effect, disregard it at your own peril.
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (KJV)
Anti-Semitic acts up 69 percent in France in 2018, prime minister says
FROM FRANCE 24: Kristallnacht (also known as the Night of Broken Glass) refers to the smashed windows of Jewish shops and homes that happened in Nazi Germany during a heightened wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms that took place on November 9-10, 1938. At least 91 Jewish people were killed and up to 30,000 men were rounded up and taken to concentration camps.
“Every aggression perpetrated against one of our citizens because they are Jewish echoes like the breaking of new crystal,” Prime Minister Édouard Philippe wrote in the statement on Facebook, referring to Kristallnacht.
“Why recall, in 2018, such a painful memory? Because we are very far from being finished with anti-Semitism,” he said, calling the number of acts “relentless”.
After a record high in 2015, anti-Semitic acts fell by 58 percent in 2016 and went down a further 7 percent last year.
Kristallnacht: Night Of Broken Glass
France has the largest Jewish population in Europe and the third-largest Jewish population in the world. However, despite Jewish people making up less than 1 percent of the French population, they were the targets of nearly 40 percent of the violent acts in France classified as racially or religiously motivated in 2017.
And according to Phillippe, there has been a 69 percent rise in anti-Semitic acts in the first nine months of this year.
Günther Jikeli, a German historian at Indiana University who conducted a significant study of Muslim anti-Semitism in Europe, said the causes of this dramatic spike are difficult to identify. “The only two countries with reliable data on anti-Semitism are the UK and France,” he said. “Rises in anti-Semitism often happen in correlated waves in the two countries, and last year there was a major wave in the UK.”
“Anti-Semitism is often in the minds of many people, but we need to discover what triggers this into action,” said Jikeli. “Sometimes people feel emboldened in the wake of another anti-Semitic act, like the Pittsburgh attack” on a Jewish synagogue that killed 11 people in October.
The murder of an 85-year-old Jewish woman in her home last spring left many in France aghast.
“The murder of Mireille Knoll in March shocked and outraged so many people, but maybe it also activated others. We know that anti-Semites feel encouraged to take action for many reasons. But, crucially, they can also be discouraged – and international leaders must unite and speak out.”
Philippe quoted Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel as saying that “the real danger, my son, is indifference”, pledging that the French government would not be indifferent. READ MORE
Night of Broken Glass
Kristallnacht. The literal meaning is “Night of Crystal,” or “Night of Broken Glass.” The term often used to describe the atrocities that took place in Germany on nights of November 9 and 10, 1938, when the Nazi’s carefully organized the destruction of thousands of Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues, while police and fire brigades stood by and did nothing.
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