Barry Shaw: "Kristallnacht for French Jews"


Hostages fleeing Hyper Cacher Jewish Super market  Jihadi attack in Paris


 3PM today, a massive rally will be held  under tight security in Paris in solidarity with the 17  lives lost and  many wounded in the Jihadist attacks at satiric French weekly, Charlie Hebdo and Jewish supermarket Hyper Cacher.  40 world leaders will attend in unity with France and the French people. Among them, US Attorney General Eric Holder, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Andrea Merkel, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, The King and queen of Jordan, PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The Israeli delegation  headed by PM Benjamin Netanyahu includes Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Economy Minister Naftali Liberman.

 Four Jews lost their lives in the Hyper Cacher, attack, including one who attempted to wrest the AK-47 from  Amedy Coulibaly, a French convert to Islam at the start of his rampage.

Netanyahu  offered  the protection of  Aliyah for  French co-religionists following the Jewish supermarket attack, “I want to tell all French and European Jews: Israel is your home. If the world doesn’t wake up, terrorism will hit other places.” 

The Prime Minister’s  offer resonated with Daniel Hayek, political commentator for Israel’s i24news channel and the editor of the French edition of Hamodia – a religious newspaper published in Israel . cited by Ha’aretz, said:

The general French society experienced a shock now that the Jewish community France experienced in 2006, with the murder of Ilan Halimi, and in 2012, with the murders in the Jewish school in Toulouse. Many of us, Jews who lived in France [at the time], understood that even when French authorities want to deal with the problem, they are not really capable. Therefore, in 2014 there was the all-time record for the number of Jewish olim from France to Israel. 7,000 people understood that in France today there are so many terrorists, and that there is fear of dealing with the problem.


Barry Shaw of The View from Israel blog, who will be a guest of today’s Lisa Benson Show shared similar opinions in his blog post on the Hyper Cacher attack, Kristallnacht for French Jews:

For French Jews, January 9, 2015, was Kristallnacht, a seminal watershed of no return.

That was the day that the Islamic fever that had infested France and most of Europe turned its fury away from attacking a satirical magazine that poked fun at them to its greatest enemy – Judaism.

In Paris, a gunman, linked to the perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo massacre who had shot a policewoman in the back the previous day, selected a Jewish target for headline effect. He attacked the Hyper Casher Jewish supermarket gunning down four shoppers in his assault.

The French Jewish community had warned of their fears that the summer rise in anti-Semitic incidents were leading to deadly violence. At that time hundreds of Muslims, backed by radical leftists, had rampaged through the streets of Paris toward synagogues with fearful Jews sheltering inside. These Jews were the maelstrom of anti-Israel hate during the Gaza conflict that necessitated channeling its expression toward the local Jews.

Let’s be honest, Islamists hate Judaism in all its forms – Israel, Zionism, and, quite frankly, Jews.

The summer violence of 2014 led to a doubling of French Jews to Israel to escape the anti-Semitism of a Socialist France that neglectfully allowed the growth of radical Muslim activity and voice to dominate their society.

France ceded sovereignty to a growing Muslim community by allowing over seven hundred “no go” areas where Muslims are permitted to run their own affairs, including imposing Shariah law, and where French police do not tread for fear of violent reprisals. 

When a sovereign state surrenders territory and control to an intolerant and rejectionist minority it has lost the battle for multiculturalism and enlightenment. This is when integrated minorities, such as Jews who contribute fully to the host country, feel isolated and exposed. For the power of the dominating minority, in Europe’s case the Muslims, will insist that the host country cede further to their will.

Liberal politicians and media talking heads bleat about that recent phenomenon of bloody terror on the streets of Paris has nothing to do with real Islam even as the perpetrators pronounce that this is precisely what their actions are all about. Go into any mosque preaching the concept of Dar ul-Islam (Land of Islam) over Dar ul-Kufr (Land of Unbelievers) and understand that jihad can be fought by deception or violence until Islam has succeeded and any land that is not Dar ul-Islam is Dar ul-Haab – a Land of War.


This is something that Israel and Jews are fully aware. Even in this they feel isolated as clearly liberal-minded Europe is still in denial. They have deliberately decided to wear blinkers for to see the truth exposes their wrong-headedness. They cannot admit that they have led their people into a dark cul-de-sac. Instead, they impose the notion of Islamophobia for anyone pointing out the error of their ways and the frightening outcome of their policies of open immigration, failed integration, and surrender of once-proud national values in favor of a multi-cultureless that brought masses of people who rejected their valueless society.


What Europeans did not appreciate was that people do not emigrate from the Middle East. They bring the baggage of the Middle East with them.


A reporter on the French news desk of i24 online Israeli TV news, who had closely followed events surrounding the attack on the Jewish supermarket, gave disturbing news that the general French feeling was that this terror attack had little to do with France. That it was a side issue between Arabs and Jews and did not affect them, as regular French folk, as did the assault on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. The French love and respect their satirical journalism a lot less than they love and respect their Jews.


The French have not yet grasped the reality that radical Islamic terror rooted in the Middle East, but nurtured by misguided politics on their own soil, may begin by targeting free speech, authority as personified by the fallen policemen and women, and Jews but, as with all totalitarian ideologies, it eventually targets everyone who do not bend to their will.

January 9 2015 should be a watershed date not only for the Jews of France, but also for Jews anywhere.  For, just as Kristallnacht targeted the Jews of Berlin, the sound of terror and broken glass were the alarm signals to Jews and civilization everywhere.



Barry Shaw is the author of ‘Israel Reclaiming the Narrative.’

He is a member on the Knesset Forum on Israel’s legitimization, and Special Consultant on Delegitimization Issues to The Strategic Dialogue at Netanya Academic College.




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