Famed French-Jewish philosopher, Alain Finkielkraut, is now afraid to leave his home. At a recent rally in Paris, the Jewish intellectual was approached by some of the marchers, who yelled at him: “F*** off, you dirty piece of s*** Zionist”. Another one, a Salafist, shouted: “France belongs to us (Muslims)! You racist! You hater! You’re going to die!”
The Atlantic The French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, the son of Holocaust survivors, is an accomplished, even gifted, pessimist. To his disciples, he is a Jewish Zola, accusing France’s bien-pensant intellectual class of complicity in its own suicide. To his foes, he is a reactionary whose nostalgia for a fairy-tale French past is induced by an irrational fear of Muslims. Finkielkraut’s cast of mind is generally dark, but when we met in Paris in early January, two days after the Charlie Hebdomassacre, he was positively grim.
“My French identity is reinforced by the very large number of people who openly declare, often now with violence, their hostility to French values and culture,” he said. “I live in a strange place. There is so much guilt and so much worry.” We were seated at a table in his apartment, near the Luxembourg Gardens. I had come to discuss with him the precarious future of French Jewry, but, as the hunt for the Charlie Hebdo killers seemed to be reaching its conclusion, we had become fixated on the television.
France’s 475,000 Jews (down from more than 500,000 just a few years ago) represent less than 1 percent of the country’s population. Yet last year, according to the French Interior Ministry, a majority of all racist attacks targeted Jews.
But what makes this new era of anti-Semitic violence in Europe different from previous ones is that traditional Western patterns of anti-Semitic thought have now merged with a potent strain of Muslim Judeophobia. Violence against Jews in Western Europe today, according to those who track it, appears to come mainly from Muslims, who in France, the epicenter of Europe’s Jewish crisis, outnumber Jews 10 to 1.
INN The recent rally in Paris was not the first time he was attacked. In 2016, Finkielkraut was violently ejected from a public gathering in Paris. He was heckled by protesters shouting “fascist” and “racist” at a rally organized by the Nuit Debout, or White Night.
When the world-renowned intellectual and philosopher Finkielkraut gave his last lesson at the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique of Paris, at his arrival a group of students throwing cakes at him. In another previous video, Finkielkraut is filmed walking near the Seine. From the other side of the river, a person yells at him “s***”!”
And many from the French Left blamed the Jewish philosopher himself. “Alain Finkielkraut spread hatred in France, against young people in the suburbs, against Muslims, against national education,” tweeted Thomas Guénolé, a political scientist close to leftist leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The lawyer close to former president Hollande, Jean-Pierre Mignard, said that “Finkielkraut is an apologist for the conflict.”
Finkielkraut is not the first public intellectual fearing for his life in France. After addressing the question of Islamic intimidation in a newspaper article in Le Figaro, Robert Redeker became a ghost with no public address and protected by the police. Eric Zemmour, another Jewish conservative intellectual, is also protected by the police.
There are an estimated 15,000 Salafists among France’s seven million Muslims. Their preachers call for a civil war. Islamists are free to openly incite their communities against France, where today many things are disappearing: thousands of Jews and all Jewish symbols from many cities and banlieue, subjects such as the Crusades and Holocaust at public schools, women from certain Islamicized cafes, cartoonists after the massacre atCharlie Hebdo and now Finkielkraut fearing for his life.
In a recent essay, Michel Gurfinkiel described the “the passing of France as a distinct country, or at least as the Western, Judeo-Christian nation it had hitherto been presumed to be. Regarding France in 2019, it can no longer be denied that a momentous and hazardous transformation, a ‘Great Switch’, is in the making”. It is the Islamization of the French public sphere.
In case you missed it, here is the interview with Katie Hopkins about Jews fleeing France because of Muslims.