French Jewish Leaders Decry ‘Wall of Indifference’ Surrounding Antisemitism, as Recorded Attacks Leap by 74%

The representative body of Jews in France called on Tuesday for French society to “break the wall of indifference that surrounds antisemitism,” as figures published by the country’s Interior Ministry showed a colossal increase of 74 percent in the number of attacks on Jews in 2018.

The increase reflected the “disturbing liberation” in France from the taboo around antisemitic hatred established after World War II, Francis Kalifat — president of the French Jewish communal organization CRIF — said in a statement.

Kalifat emphasized that incidents recorded only in the last few days “testify to the banalizing and violence of antisemitism in France in 2019.”

Among the outrages he cited was the defacing with swastikas on Sunday of a mural of the late Simone Veil — a Holocaust survivor and pioneer of women’s rights in France who was interred last July in the famous Pantheon in Paris that commemorates French citizens of distinction.

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