A recent New York Times article shed light onto a new wave of antisemitism in France:
France has a painful history of anti-Semitism, with its worst hours coming in the 1930s and during the German occupation in World War II. But in recent months, an impassioned debate has erupted over how to address what commentators are calling the "new anti-Semitism," as Jewish groups and academic researchers trace a wave of anti-Semitic acts to France's growing Muslim population.
Günther Jikeli is an Associate Professor at Indiana University and a Justin M. Druck Family Scholar in the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program. He is a historian and sociologist of modern Europe, with particular interests in the history of antisemitism. Jikeli joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss antisemitism rising in Europe.
On what his study has found: It's not all black and white. First of all, after the second world war there was revival of Jewish communities in France partly due to Jews coming from north Africa to France and just recently the past 20 years or so there is heightened antisemitic attacks, very violent attacks, many murders now 12 murders all because they were Jewish. (2:00)
On where this antisemitism is coming from: Part of the violence and certainly the most extreme cases of violence come from Muslim minorities, but this is not saying that other groups are also very active in antisemitism. (3:36)
On why the French government is avoiding distinguishing blame: If you don't name the problem you can't solve the problem. So it is a big problem that it is not talked about and this is the case not only among the government, but it's also among many scholars there is hesitation to name the problem and that has many reasons. Muslims, themselves, face discrimination. We don't want to put a bad name on all the Muslims. (6:28)
On what the French government can do: Well what the French government is doing, and it is what is the first thing that to be done, is to ensure the security of its citizens, The Jewish citizens and they need additional security. (10:20)