Antisemitism rises 27% in France
There were 687 antisemitic incidents in 2019
By ILANIT CHERNICK
In a concerning trend, antisemitic incidents in France rose 27% in 2019, according to a report released this week by the country’s Jewish community security services (SPCJ).
Despite the up in overall incidents, the report explained that antisemitic actions, which include vandalism and physical violence, among others, were down from 183 in 2018 to 151 in 2019.
However, antisemitic threats were up drastically from 2018 increasing from 358 to 536 in 2019.
The total number of incidents for 2019 was 687.
The report stressed that “French Jews, who represent less than 1% of the total population, faced more than 41% of all racist acts committed in France in 2019,” adding that “the number of Antisemitic Acts that led to a complaint to the police” was significantly lower than the actual figures.”
This, the SPCJ said, is a “worrying situation.”
Addressing why the number of antisemitic incidents recorded in France is significantly lower than the actual figures, the report stated several reasons such as habituation, mistrust, fear and the Internet.
On the issue of habituation, victims of antisemitism don’t file police reports because antisemitism has become “so entrenched in daily life” and has also become so violent that “victims of such acts are somehow resigned and show a kind of habituation.”
According to the report, victims are also afraid to go to the police out of fear of retaliation.
Moreover, there is also mistrust in the authorities and concern that an investigation or a criminal charge will not result in a successful conclusion.
Although there has been a continued rise of antisemitism in the country since 2017, figures are still significantly lower than those reported in 2014 and 2015.