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France Hits New Record for Antisemitic Acts, With Over 1,500 Recorded Since Hamas Pogrom in Israel

Nearly 200,000 people took to the streets of Paris to protest rising antisemitism. Photo: Reuters/Claire Serie

France’s interior minister confirmed on Wednesday that there had been no let up in the wave of antisemitism that has engulfed the country since the Hamas pogrom in southern Israel on Oct. 7.

Interviewed by broadcaster Europe 1, Gérald Darmanin announced that 1,518 acts of antisemitism had been recorded since the atrocities — a national record, and more than three times the 436 acts reported during the entirety of 2022.

Approximately 50 percent of the incidents involved offensive banners and placards, with a further 22 percent involving insults and threats, 10 percent involving apologies for terrorism, eight percent involving vandalism, and two percent involving physical assault. According to Darmanin, 571 arrests of alleged offenders have been made.

The new data was revealed amid a row over remarks made by the imam of the Grand Mosque of Paris during a television discussion that appeared to challenge the claim that antisemitism in France is becoming worse.

During an appearance on BFMTV on Tuesday night, the imam, Abdelali Mamoun, expressed surprise when he was informed that more than 1,200 antisemitic acts had been recorded since Oct. 7.

When presented with the figures by one of the show’s anchors, Olivier Truchot, Mamoun seemed visibly confused, asking whether the number incorporated all the antisemitic acts during 2023. Truchot replied that the number was a record only of the last five weeks, leading Mamoun to respond that he had not been aware of the figures until that moment, despite the fact that data on antisemitism has been widely reported in the French media. “You are making yourself look like an idiot,” another studio guest, Alain Marschall, interjected.

Mamoun later apologized for his comments, insisting that he had not intended to undermine the Jewish community’s fear of rising antisemitism.

“I was simply saying that this morning, upon learning this figure which shocked and stunned me, I asked for more details,” he said. “The vast majority of the Muslim component aspires to live in peace both with the rest of the national community but in particular with the Jewish component.” However, in common with the majority of Muslim leaders in France, Mamoun elected not to attend Sunday’s rally against antisemitism in Paris that drew nearly 200,000 participants.

Among those criticizing Mamoun was Darmanin himself, who condemned the imam’s “shocking insinuations” as he revealed the updated figure of 1,518 antisemitic acts.

Jewish leaders also voiced their displeasure. “When you don’t want to see the problem of antisemitism, that’s when you are part of the problem,” Yonathan Arfi — president of the Jewish representative organization Crif — told the AFP news agency.

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How the Media Skews the Narrative: Israelis ‘Died,’ Palestinians ‘Killed’

An aerial view shows the bodies of victims of an attack following a mass infiltration by Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip lying on the ground in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, in southern Israel, Oct. 10, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Ilan Rosenberg

According to The Los Angeles Times on November 4, some 1,200 Israelis “died” in the Israel-Hamas war while some 9,000 Palestinians were “killed.”

Just like that, with a few casual clicks of the keyboard, a major US paper whitewashed Hamas’ ISIS-like atrocities, including the mass slaughter of primarily civilians and also soldiers, beheadings, rapes, mutilations, torture, parents killed in front of children and vice versa.

What President Joe Biden decried as “pure, unadulterated evil,” Los Angeles Times staff writer Ashley Ahn passed off as a “surprise offensive.”

In her Nov. 4 article, (“Hundreds rally at Israeli consulate in L.A., calling for cease-fire in Gaza,” page B1 in the Nov. 5 print edition), the Los Angeles Times fellow and former editor of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus paper intoned:

The protests come amid an escalating war between Israel and Hamas militants, who launched a surprise offensive from neighboring Gaza on southern Israel on Oct. 7.

Since then, more than 1,400 people have died on the Israeli side, with Palestinian militants continuing to hold about 220 people hostage. More than 9,000 Palestinians have been killed in the war, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry.

New to the LA Times newsroom, the young Ahn might be forgiven for concealing the nature of the gruesome terror attacks murdering hundreds of civilians at a dance party and countless families in their homes, including children slaughtered in their bedrooms or cowering with their parents at safe rooms.

But what about editors who reviewed and approved the story for publishing? What about deputy editor for California, Hector Becerra, who shared Ahn’s story on X, formerly Twitter?

According to the paper’s website, The Los Angeles Times’ fellowship program in which Ahn participates, includes:

… six weeks of instruction on how to operate, navigate and succeed in a major newsroom, with training geared toward their specific interests. The next stage of their program includes multiweek rotations across the newsroom, where they will write, produce, edit, create visual projects and more, with coaching from seasoned members of The Times’ staff.

But what training can we expect from a staff which includes nine journalists who signed an open letter penned by journalists against ethical journalism calling for reporting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the false lens of “Israel’s military occupation and its system of apartheid”?

In a recent Los Angeles Times opinion piece, Jonah Goldberg highlighted the critical role of the editor (“Will the media get coverage of the crisis in Israel and Gaza right? It all depends on the editors“):

What do good editors do? Beyond all of the meat-and-potatoes grammar and style stuff, editors slow the process down as a necessary part of quality control. They tell reporters that an unverified rumor is not printable without adequate verification. They tell opinion columnists that a histrionic argument that ignores contrary evidence needs to be shelved or reworked. They stand against the tide of momentary collective passion or the irrepressible ambition of individual journalists to maintain a higher standard for the institution as a whole.

What if those establishing the higher standard for the institution as a whole include Sara Yasin, the paper’s managing editor, who has apparently embraced the Hamas narrative on X, reposting material accusing Israel of “mass ethnic cleansing” and a “genocidal assault”?

Can we count on such an editor to instruct young journalists not to cover up Hamas’ horrific barbarity? Will she point out the unacceptable double standard of covering up these innocent civilian victims’ horrific murders (they “died”) even as the report manages clearly to state that the perpetrators of the atrocities were “killed”?

(Indeed, the casualty totals released by Hamas’ “Health Ministry” includes the estimated 1,500 Hamas terrorists who were killed as they carried out the massacre within Israeli).

And what if the daughter of the paper’s owner takes an active role in the paper, “advocat[ing]” for her interests, as Nika Soon-Shiong has acknowledged she does? And what if those interests include her sentiment, shared on X, that “It’s not journalistic malpractice to describe the state of Israel as an Apartheid state. This is well-established in international law”?

If Soon-Shiong’s egregiously baseless position represents the “higher standard for the institution as a whole,” what hope is there for the paper to get coverage of the crisis in Israel and Gaza right? Ethical journalism dies alongside some 1,200 Israelis.

Tamar Sternthal is the director of CAMERA’s Israel Office. A version of this article previously appeared on the CAMERA website.

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‘Israel and the Jewish People Are Not Going Anywhere’: Celebrities Show Support at Historic DC Rally

Debra Messing speaking at the “March for Israel” rally in Washington, DC on Nov. 14, 2023. Photo: Screenshot

Celebrities in attendance at the historic pro-Israel rally in Washington, DC, on Tuesday urged the crowd of nearly 300,000 people to remain steadfast, resilient, and even “disruptive” in their support for the Jewish state, as it continues to fight Hamas in the Gaza Strip and seeks to rescue the hostages taken from Israel by the terrorist organization on Oct. 7.

The “March for Israel” rally in the US capital — which made history for being both the largest ever pro-Israel gathering and the largest Jewish gathering in US history — was organized by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Federations of North America. Organizers said over 290,000 people attended and 250,000 others tuned in via livestream. The event was meant to showcase the American people’s support for Israel and the return of the hostages taken by Hamas, as well as their condemnation of rising antisemitism in the US.

Jewish actress and former Will & Grace star Debra Messing was one of the celebrities in attendance who addressed the crowd. She began by saying, “I know you are in pain. I know you are afraid. I know you feel alone and abandoned by people you thought were your friends. I know you feel misunderstood and maligned. I know because I do, too.”

“Looking out at all of us today, also know that we are not alone because we have each other,” she added. Messing talked about the “tsunami of hate” and rise in antisemitism that has impacted Jews around the world since the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks, as well as the “deafening silence” from much of the international community in the aftermath of the Oct. 7 massacre attacks, in which Hamas terrorists killed over 1,200 people in Israel and kidnapped more than 240 others as hostages.

“We see clearly now. We see naked, virulent Jew-hatred being disguised as a noble call for liberation. And we reject it,” Messing said.

“What does Israel’s defense in response to a terrorist attack have to do with an elderly Jewish man in California killed for holding an Israeli flag?” she asked, referring to the death of 69-year-old Paul Kessler at a rally near Los Angeles earlier this month.

“This is madness. This is terrorism,” Messing noted. “But we will win. We always have. We are strong, resilient, and devoted. And we will not lose ourselves. We will worry for our global Jewish family and also hurt for the innocent Palestinians used as human shields by Hamas. We will work to eviscerate Hamas and also pray for a free and flourishing Gaza.”

Messing’s speech focused largely on the 240 hostages taken by Hamas terrorists and she held a moment of silence for them.

“We will remember and work for the release of the 240 hostages as well as for the safety of the 2.2 million Gazans also held hostage by Hamas,” she said. “We will pray for the success of the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] in a war Israel did not start and did not want, but a war Israel will win because we must. Those who hate us deny our humanity and right to exist. No matter. We know who we are. We know that even in — especially in – darkness, we stand united, proud, resolute … we too will prevail.”

Messing noted that children and elderly were among the hostages in Gaza. “We cannot allow the world to move on,” she said. “We must not rest until these families are made whole.”

The “March for Israel”  event also featured performances by Israeli singers Omer Adam and Ishay Ribo, Jewish reggae singer and rapper Matisyahu, and the Maccabeats acapella group.

Sporting two necklaces with the Star of David, Jewish actor Michael Rapaport briefly addressed the crowd and told the young people in the audience to “‘stay strong, sane, and disruptive” before he introduced two college students who discussed the rise of antisemitism taking place on their college campuses.

Rapaport also called for the immediate return of the hostages taken by Hamas and said “there cannot be a ceasefire until the hostages are home.” He declared, “I have never felt this prideful to be Jewish in my life. It’s been a crazy time but Jewish people around the world, we have seen it all. We have heard it all. Israel is not going anywhere. Jewish people are not going anywhere.”

Broadway star Tova Feldshuh talked to the crowd about not wanting to change her Hebrew name to a more Western one in order to advance her career.

“We stand here in the tens of thousands, and usually even if you have 10 Jews you have 10,000 opinions. But today, we stand in the thousands to say Am Yisrael chai, ‘the people of Israel live,’” said the Israel Peace Medal recipient, who played former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the play Golda’s Balcony. 

She added: “We stand here firm against global antisemitism. We stand firm in confrontation with antisemitism here in these United States. We stand here to say, ‘Enough.’ We are now engaged in a battle reaching beyond any Arab-Israeli conflict. We are engaged in a battle fighting for a civilized world. We stand here knowing that the halls of our universities should be havens of enlightenment and moral clarity, and not places where Jewish students, Jewish faculty, or any minority feels outcast and afraid of being physically abused.”

Feldshuh said that although she is short, she stands “tall for the almost 200 innocent citizens, almost 200 Israeli children of Israel who are now orphaned, for the 240 innocent citizens of Israel still held in captivity by Hamas, for the kidnapped babies, and the Holocaust survivors abducted and hidden somewhere in Gaza.”

She also told college and university presidents that remaining silent as antisemitic incidents take place on their campuses is equal to complicity. She quoted Jewish physicist Albert Einstein who said, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them and do nothing.”

Others who spoke at the rally included Natan Sharansky, CNN host Van Jones, US Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), US Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), American actor and comedian Brett Clifford Gelman, and others.

Yasmine Pahlavi, who is married to Reza Pahlavi — the exiled crown prince of Iran and son of Iran’s last Shah — also attended the rally, carrying an Israeli flag and the previous national flag of Iran — which was changed after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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The November 11 Rally in London Was Anti-Israel and Violent; Here Is the Proof

Illustrative: Demonstrators protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland/File Photo

More than a month since the most lethal and barbaric antisemitic attack since the Holocaust was perpetrated by Palestinians in Gaza, pro-Palestinian demos have taken place weekly in London.

All of these marches have failed to condemn the Hamas massacre or demand the release of the 240 hostages (including children) illegally held by the terror group.

In fact, since the very beginning, the marches have included chants, banners and other actions indicating varying levels of support for the mass murder of Jews committed by Hamas, a proscribed terror group

Further as the Telegraph reported last week, half of the main organizers of the November 11 march, which coincided with Armistice Day, were affiliated with Hamas. This includes Muhammad Kathem Sawalha, who led the terror group in the West Bank in the late 1980s and is alleged to have “masterminded” its military strategy with involvement as recently as 2019, before moving to Britain.

As we noted in a post about a previous march, which was similarly framed by British media outlets as “peaceful,” reporters seemed determined to reach that conclusion regardless of the facts on the ground.

While it’s been noted that many marched peacefully, many acted in an openly antisemitic fashion, which included displaying grotesque caricatures of puppetmasters, references to Zionism as a disease, and placards and recited chants that called for Palestine to be free “from the river to the sea’ — a widely understood as a call for the elimination of the state of Israel and the murder or total displacement of its seven-million strong Jewish population.

And there was violence at the November 11 march.

Here’s some of the evidence undermining media reports suggesting that this most recent march, which drew hundreds of thousands of people, was “peaceful.”

Another Hamas cosplayer leads activists in chanting of “With blood with steadfastness we’ll free Aqsa” in front of an ad for Call of Duty

— Harry’s Place (@hurryupharry) November 11, 2023

State of this. This Iranian man holds a sign saying “Hamas is Isis”. Even that is too much for these masked men, who attack him. Lucky @joshglancy wasn’t walking past in his kippah at the time. The shame of Britain. Paging @metpoliceuk

— Jake Wallis Simons (@JakeWSimons) November 12, 2023

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, mobbed by pro-Palestinian protesters:

Michael Gove mobbed by Palestine protesters at Victoria station

— Jake Wallis Simons (@JakeWSimons) November 11, 2023

Protesters dressed up as Hamas terrorists:

How people could pose with photos and not say anything to people dressed terrorists (note hamas headband).

This is completely unacceptable. Anyone that was there and said nothing, shame on you.

— NJA (@NJA_UK) November 11, 2023

Another “peaceful” sign at the London protest

We’ve been gaslit for weeks about these being “peace marches”. Does this sound like peace to you?

— Adam Ma’anit (@adammaanit) November 11, 2023

Pamphlets praising Hamas on sale


On the anti Zionist demonstration through London



— Harry’s Place (@hurryupharry) November 11, 2023

More hate:


On the anti Zionist demonstration through London



— Harry’s Place (@hurryupharry) November 11, 2023

Death to all Jews:

“Death to all the Jews,” a woman screams in a crowded London underground station.

People keep walking by. No one confronts her.

Our country must not stand by as antisemitism is increasingly normalised.

This is not normal.@MetPoliceUK, where are you?

— Campaign Against Antisemitism (@antisemitism) November 12, 2023

Antisemitism caught on camera:

Antisemitic placards were so common on yesterday’s anti-Israel march that TV news coverage can’t even show general footage without another one passing across the screen.

— Dave Rich (@daverich1) November 12, 2023

“Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the Army of Mohammed will Return” (Reference to a seventh-century massacre of the Jews):


Cries of “Khayber Khayber ya yahud jaish al Mohammed sauf yaud”

This is an anti Jewish hate crime @metpoliceuk

— Harry’s Place (@hurryupharry) November 11, 2023

Mom helps her child with sign warning Jews of their fate:

This little girl’s mum has made her a placard saying ‘forgive? No They will Regret’ streaming in blood, just in case you do get the point

— JamesHeartfield (@JamesHeartfield) November 11, 2023

Protesters fighting with police:

More mostly peaceful arrests

See a pattern? I bet @SkyNewsBreak and @BBCBreaking won’t show you any of this!

— Abby (@SiameseAbby) November 11, 2023

Protesting Hamas not allowed:

This is how organisers on the “peace march” reacted to Peter Tatchell’s attempts to march with a placard condemning Hamas.

— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) November 11, 2023

Now, the gaslighting reporting on the march:

Channel 4 News 

Their report last night by presenter Jane Dodge (“Massive London march for Palestinians as far-right protest turn violent,” Nov. 11) on the protests highlighted a relatively small number of far right counter-protesters, while almost completely erasing the pro-Palestinian extremism.

The Independent

The Indy — in several reports yesterday– also focused almost entirely on relatively small number of far-right counter-protesters, while obfuscating the hate and extremism by the far, far larger pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

The Guardian 

The Guardian didn’t just ignore the antisemitism, thuggery and calls for violence, but wrote the following in of their major report on the protests (“Hundreds of thousands rally for Gaza in London as police arrest far-right protesters,” Nov. 11): “Hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully through central London yesterday to protest against Israel’s continued bombardment of Gaza”

A photo gallery they published similarly managed to avoid any photos depicting the extremism displayed by many of the marchers.

The Telegraph

In contrast with The Guardian, Channel 4 News and The Independent, The Telegraph reported extensively on the antisemitic hate on display at yesterday’s march, and included an official editorial titled “A day of chaos that shamed Britain.”

Their reporting also noted that “several of the [antisemitic and extremist] stickers and placards held by protesters appeared to have been produced by the Friends of al-Aqsa group (one one the main organisers of the march), founded and chaired by Ismael Patel, a Leicester-based Islamist who has repeatedly voiced his support for Hamas.”

They were also the only outlet we reviewed which reported on the pro-Palestinian demonstrators harassing Jews going to synagogue in northwest London — per this tweet.

Adam Levick serves as co-editor of CAMERA UK — an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA), where a version of this article first appeared.

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