As reported here yesterday, Muslims appear to have joined the ongoing Yellow Vest protests in Paris, as evidenced by the torching of cars in the streets, which has become a Muslim tradition every New Year’s Eve and Bastille Day. Apparently, they are also reviving the old Nazi WWII tactic of tagging Jewish businesses with the word Jew (‘Juden’ in German) on storefronts in Paris.
The SUN This is the historic area of the capital city where thousands of men, women and children were rounded up by collaborating French police and German soldiers during the Second World War. Many had to wear yellow stars identifying their religion, and their businesses were ‘tagged’ with the word Jew, before they were taken to their deaths in concentration camps.
“An anti-Semitic tag in the middle of Paris,” said France’s Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, as he reacted to the latest outrage. He added: “One too many. Juden in yellow letters, as if the most tragic lessons of history no longer enlighten [our] consciences. “Our answer: to do everything to make sure the perpetrator of this outrage is prosecuted. Our pledge – don’t let anything pass.”
Gilles Abecassis, the owner of the Bagelstein shop on the Ile St Louis said: “We discovered this tag on Saturday morning and it was probably done overnight from Friday to Saturday.” This was the day that the Yellow Vests – the social movement threatening President Emmanuel Macron’s government – went on the rampage around Paris for the 13th Saturday in a row. (And Muslims were seen among them this past weekend)
They have been associated with a number of anti-Jewish incidents, and are known to number neo-Nazis in their ranks, but there was no immediate evidence linking them with the bagel shop incident. The Paris prosecutor’s office has now opened an investigation for “aggravated voluntary damage” and “provocation to racial hatred.”
Some 67,000 French, Polish and German Jews were deported from Paris between June 1942 and July 1944. They were brutalised not just by the Nazis, but by French police and paramilitaries, and then herded on wagons belonging to SNCF, France’s national railway. It is only in recent years that the French have begun to acknowledge the part they played in the Holocaust.
Before World War II, Jews waited too long to leave an increasingly anti-Semitic Europe and ended up trapped. Jews in France don’t want to make the same mistake again.