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.