An American observer comments on French politics.
'Ruptly is a video news agency belonging to the RT televised news network.' [wiki]Nuff said? Synagogues are convenient targets of opportunity. The real target of the rioters is the French Republic, a benevolent oppressor.
The attacks against synagogues are perhaps less anti-Israel than anti-France: ‘But this conflict is not just about politics or religion. It is also about extreme emotions. More than death, most human beings fear annihilation. This is a process familiar to psychiatrists who treat patients for disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. Part of the process of mental disintegration which characterizes these illnesses is the experience of partial or total alienation. […]‘Historically this is what happened in France’s territories during the colonial era and what is happening now in the banlieues. This is why it is almost impossible for immigrants to France from its former colonies to feel authentically ‘at home’ there. For all their modernity, these urban spaces are designed almost like vast prison camps. The banlieue is the most literal representation of ‘otherness’ – the otherness of exclusion, of the repressed, of the fearful and despised – all kept physically and culturally away from the mainstream of French ‘civilization’.‘This is an argument made by the political scientist Gilles Kepel in his 2012 book Quatre-vingt-treize, a title which alludes to Victor Hugo’s great novel of the Terror of 1793, and to the notorious Seine Saint-Denis district of Paris, which is known as ‘Ninety-three’, after its postcode. In his book Kepel conducts a forensic examination of the recent history of this district, concluding that although several varieties of Islam are at war with each other, they are all united in their hostility towards the secular French state. ‘Kepel is also convinced that the one of the crucial conflicts in the banlieues is the challenge to the French Republic from the ‘outside’, by which he means both the banlieues and France’s former territories in the Muslim world. ‘ [‘The French Intifada’ by Andrew Hussey, Granta, 2014]
The situation in the banlieues is an expression of the extreme disaffection of a segment of the youth from the second or third generation of immigrants from France's former colonies in the Maghreb. Its a Franco-French problem. This so-called "alienation" does not seem to affect the hundreds of thousands of young people from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia who are willing to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean in search of improved opportunities and the right to live and work in France. If these people are "alienated" it is from their own societies which holds little promise for them unless their families are well-connected in the patronage networks of their indigenious societies. They are willing to face hardships in France in the attempt to integrate that their French-born "cousins" can't even imagine.Back in the French balieues, the unease of this youth could also be interpreted as revolt against their own patriarchal families and traditions of their ancestors. This is seem in the "Islamic garb" exhibited by young men and women as a form of identity politics (a ready-made kit) and a rejection of the traditional form of religion of their parents. These young people seeking a cause and a faith, even if their knowledge of politics and Islam is the most rudimentary. To meaningless lives and dim prospects---like those facing Mohammed Merah and Mehdi Nemmouche, jihad appears like off the rack package providing them with a cause and a raison d'être. On their own level, the young people in Paris who recently rioted in the wake of a pro-Palestinian demonstartion (why no demonstrations against the vicious tactics of the Assad regime with its barrel bombs and chemical weapon attacks on inicent Arab women and children?)also find a easy cause to express their frustations. The mushrooming anti-semitism among these young people bodes ill for the future. To better understand motivations and mentalities of this demographic, this article is an excellent introduction : http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/178958/frances-toxic-hate-1-nemmouchLikewise the extensive criminality of young Maghrebis usually sees a large swath of them spending time in the French prison system. Only about 12% of the French population being Muslims but they make up about 60% of the prison population! Prisons are breeding grounds for radicalization as the cases of Merah and Nemmouche amply demonstrate. For a better understanding of this situation, there is no better introduction tah Jacques Audiard's film "Un Prophèete" (A Prophet).
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