Friday, September 12, 2014

Antisemitism in France: A Strange Report from Le Monde

Le Monde today reports a "sharp increase in antisemitism" since the beginning of this year, but the accompanying graph paints a different picture:


A more balanced way of presenting the data would be to say that overt acts of antisemitism have decreased sharply since the early 2000s, with a mild uptick in the first half of this year. Frankly, these numbers are rather encouraging, since the last nine months have seen both the Dieudonné affair and the protests against the war in Gaza. Of course, counting overt acts of antisemitism (vandalism, attacks, etc.) does not tell the whole story, but these numbers give the lie to the assertion that there has been a marked deterioration in the situation in France in recent years. Quite the contrary.

7 comments:

TexExile said...

The graph might well suggest a sharp rise: the numbers for 2014 are for 7 months only. I've no idea whether there is a seasonal pattern to such attacks but, if there is not, that would point to something like 900 for the year, close to the peak levels of the early 2000s. I'd love to see 7-month data for earlier years.

Art Goldhammer said...

Your interpretation might be correct, Tex, but another reading of the graph is that, if we exclude 2014, there has been a clear downward trend in annual incidents. Even if 2014 turns out to have a number of incidents higher than, say, the 5-yr moving average, is it fair to conclude that there has been a fundamental change in attitudes?

FRANCIS said...

Besides discussing these aggregate figures (what do they reveal about the nature of such facts ?), it remains that in fact a surprisingly high number of Jews are leaving France, which is an unprecedented phenomenon.
My understanding is that the mass of Sepharad Jews, unaccustomed to day-to-day antisemitic aggressions, are feeling France is not anymore their country.

alexis said...

Gosh, it wouldn't have to do anything with increased Muslim immigration, would it?

Edouard Bustin said...

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2014/09/13/grande-mobilisation-en-allemagne-contre-l-antisemitisme_4486984_3214.html


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Anonymous said...

The reality is that the French are wimps. They do not have a fighting culture. No guns like in Switzerland. No street fights like in Slavic countries. No mafia like in Southern Italy (or in Corsica perhaps). Revolutionaries? Not at all.
Remember, there's been 12+ million immigrants pouring in the country in just two generations. And barely a thousand got bruised -- by the cops, and in the early times, 70s and 80s.