France, Jewish community, anti-Semitic attacks doubled

Remembrance day, Hollande new plan against anti-Semitism

27 January, 18:34

    Picture shows the burned doors at the entrance of a Jewish synagogue in Lyon Picture shows the burned doors at the entrance of a Jewish synagogue in Lyon

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS - The number of anti-Semitic attacks has almost doubled between 2013 and 2014, according to the annual report by the Protection Service of the Jewish Community of France (SPCJ), which points to +92% increase. The report indicated that anti-Semitic attacks grew from 423 to 851 representing 51% of the number of racist aggressions in France. SPCJ pointed out that the Jewish community represents less than 1% of French population. The report stressed that the 30% spike of racist attacks in France was solely provoked by the growth of anti-Semitic aggressions. In fact, the total number of racist attacks has actually gone down 5% in contrast to the rise of anti-Semitic ones.

    French president François Hollande announced that the French government will unveil "a global plan against anti-Semitism and racism by the end of February" during an address at the Holocaust Memorial in Paris.

    ''France is your country,'' he said in a speech to mark 70 years of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, adding that an uptick in anti-Semitic attacks in the country is a ''intolerable plague''.
    A recent report released by the Israeli government named France as being the most dangerous country in the world for Jews. (ANSAmed).


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