The Ferment that Feeds Anti-Semitism in France

A mix of the far-left, the far-right, radical Islam, and a dysfunctional political class.

October 12, 2014 | Michel Gurfinkiel
About the author: Michel Gurfinkiel is the founder and president of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute, a conservative think-tank in France, and a Shillman/Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum. His “You Only Live Twice,” on the contemporary situation of European Jews, appeared in Mosaic in August 2013.
This is a response to Summer in Paris, originally published in Mosaic in October 2014

Rioters, some of whom burned several Jewish-owned stores, face police in a Paris suburb on July 20, 2014. AP Photo/Thibault Camus

A recent survey conducted by a British firm, ICM Research, and published on August 14 by the Russian press agency Rossiya Segodnia, tested European opinion toward the jihadist Sunni organization now known as Islamic State (IS).  Reassuringly, the poll showed solid majorities in France, Germany, and the UK opposed to IS and what it stands for. Presumably, this would have satisfied Rossiya Segodnya’s primary interest in the exercise, since IS is a foe both of the Assad regime in Syria (a Russian ally) and of Iran (a Russian partner).

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