It was a few days ago when a gunman opened fire on a synagogue at a free speech event in Copenhagen. The events of the day killed two and have left Paris in a state of turmoil for members of the Jewish community.
In order to document the current status of how the Jewish people are treated in Paris, a Jewish journalist by the name of Zvika Klein, decided to dress in traditional Jewish clothing and walk the streets of Paris recording his interactions and experiences with those he passes.
Klein walked around for ten hours and experienced numerous moments of anti-Semitic hatred and one child even said, “What is he doing here Mommy? Doesn’t he know he will be killed?” Older men told Klein, to “Go f— from the front and the back,” “Viva Palestine,” and “Hey you, with the kippa, what are you doing here?”
The video was uploaded just a few days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned European Jews that there have been numerous threats on the Jewish population. Meanwhile, hundreds of Jewish grave sites were vandalized over the past few weeks. These actions have urged the Prime Minister to tell the European Jews to immigrate to Israel for the time being.
While Netanyahu is telling Jewish people to leave, French President Francois Hollande became upset with the his decision angrily saying, “We know there are doubts, questions across the community. I will not just let what was said in Israel pass, leading people to believe that Jews no longer have a place in Europe and in France, in particular.”
In the NRG newspaper that Klein works for, he had this to say about the current social climate that Jews are facing right now, “Welcome to Paris 2015, where soldiers are walking every street that houses a Jewish institution, and where keffiyeh-wearing men and veiled women speak Arabic on every street corner,” wrote Klein. “Walking down one Parisian suburb, I was asked what I was doing there. In modern-day Paris, you see, Jews are barred from entering certain areas.”
Photo By: Klein / NRG
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