The political and media elites in France have been largely silent about the effects of the large-scale Muslim presence on their country. The existence of No-Go areas — where the writ of the French state does not run, and local Muslims enforce their own rules on the community — is often denied as a fantasy of “islamophobes.” It was not until eleven Jews had been murdered by Muslims, some also tortured, that a group of 300 prominent French political figures (including two former Presidents and one former Prime Minister), intellectuals and celebrities, signed a collective letter in 2018 condemning the “new antisemitism” which has led to the killing of French Jews and a climate of fear among the community.
In a statement published in Le Figaro newspaper, signatories highlighted the “quiet ethnic purging” driven by rising Islamist radicalism, especially in working class neighborhoods.
“In our recent history, 11 Jews have been murdered – and some tortured – because they were Jews, by radical Islamists.”
These included the murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006, who had been kidnapped by a Muslim gang, and brutally tortured over several weeks, until he finally died of his injuries, the killing of three Jewish schoolchildren and their teacher — a rabbi, and the the father of two of the children, who were killed in front of him –in Toulouse in 2012, the attack on Hyper Cacher in 2015 where four Jewish shoppers were murdered,, Sarah Halimi’s killing by a Muslim neighbor in Paris in 2017, and, most recently, the murder of Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll in Paris.
Ms Knoll, 85, was stabbed 11 times by the perpetrators before setting her body on fire. Her murder prompted shock and outrage and 30,000 people joined a march in her memory.
“French Jews are 25 times more likely to be attacked by Muslims than their fellow Frenchmen,” the petition points out. “Ten per cent of the Jewish citizens of Ile de France [Metropolitan Paris] – that is, about 50,000 people – were recently forced to move because they were no longer safe in some towns and because their children could not frequent the public school of the Republic any longer.”
‘Signatories demand ‘that the fight against this democratic bankruptcy of antisemitism become a national cause before it is too late. Before France is no longer France.’”
“Aside from words of solidarity, the French government does not appear to have done much to meet the demands of the petition. There has been no discernible increase in the security for Jews, nor in the monitoring of Muslims.
But there has been one sign of progress in the media..Le Monde, the most prestigious newspaper in France, always firmly to the left, has long been silent about the effect of the mass migration of Muslims into the country. Now, at long last, Le Monde has broken its silence, as Eldad Beck’s piece reports here: After Notre Dame, France Breaks Its Silence on Radical Islam
“For years, French daily Le Monde was one of the pillars of France’s large-scale campaign of silence regarding the greatest problem the country, Europe, and the West in general have with radical Islam: Faced with increasing violence on the part of large immigrant Arab and Muslim communities in the Parisian suburbs, France’s elites and the local establishment have created an alternate reality in which one cannot call the problem by its name.
“Terrorism wasn’t really terrorism, but a reflection of an inferiority complex, cultural differences, and the challenges of assimilation. The cause of Muslim violence was eternal colonialism. Muslims could not be murderers and criminals because they were forever destined to remain victims of Western supremacy. And, of course, the murder of Jewish men and women by Muslims is never an expression of Muslim antisemitism, but the result of temporary insanity brought on by the excessive use of drugs or the onslaught of an unexplained psychotic attack.
“With the trauma of the Notre Dame cathedral fire still burning fresh in the nation’s collective mind, Le Monde appeared to change direction, daring to publish the findings of a government report that determined that in 2018, France saw another dramatic increase in the number of anti-Christian attacks, including the desecration and destruction of churches and cemeteries.
“In 2018, France recorded 1,063 anti-Christian attacks compared to 1,038 the previous year. This is 1,000 attacks per year, Le Monde emphasized in its report, meaning an average of three per day. This is in contrast to the reported 541 antisemitic and 100 anti-Muslim incidents reported in the same time period. The report notes that in a majority of these incidents it was Christian structures and statues that were desecrated, though there were also a few dozen break-ins and incidents of property theft at churches across the country.
“The reasons for these anti-Christian attacks vary, according to the report, and they are often perpetrated by satanic cults, anarchists, and neo-Nazis. But there is also evidence of anti-Christian activity by Muslims.
‘It should be noted that France’s Christian conservative media reported on the government’s finding about the attacks on churches prior to the Notre Dame fire. Le Monde‘s decision to reference [sic]the report at this time is a sign that outside the right-wing segments of French society, the realization that silencing serious social and security problems does not help resolve but rather exacerbates them is beginning to seep in. The French may have fought to separate church and state, but that does not mean they intend to bury their religion.
“The lesson here should be fairly straightforward: Those who remain silent on the murder and persecution of Christians in distant countries like Nigeria, Syria, Algeria, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka will find themselves persecuted at home. While there is no evidence that the Notre Dame fire was deliberate, the incident has opened a Pandora’s box for the silencers and the silent, sparking a public debate over the persecution of Christians in the very heart of Catholic Europe.
“This discussion should not stir hatred, but it must redraw the borders of what French society is and is not willing to tolerate. Those who want to immigrate to France must adjust themselves to French society, and not the other way around. To the chagrin of our supposedly liberal media, this should also hold true for the rest of Europe and Israel as well.
At a certain point, reality seeps in; the deliberate inattention — gross underreporting, or even silence about, the epidemic of Muslim attacks on churches — had become a scandal, and even the leftist editors of Le Monde, who have for so long run interference for Islam in their reporting, at long last decided to take notice and report fully on the matter. After all, with more than 1,000 churches being attacked annually, too many people were directly affected, not only those who were parishioners of churches that have ben attacked, but even more, those who were simply inhabitants of cities and towns where such destruction and desecration have taken place, and the news spread to all the locals.
It’s a good sign when Le Monde, which for decades has downplayed the problems posed by Muslim migration to France, finally takes note of the widespread damage being done to churches, both as religious structures, and as part of the artistic heritage, the patrimoine, of France, whose history Muslims so despise.
Let’s hope the reporters and editors at Le Monde will now go further, making up for previous unconscionable silences, and turn their attention to the physical threat, mainly but not exclusively directed at Jews, from Muslim street muggers, who singly or in groups have been attacking Jews, making life much more difficult and dangerous for them; 50,000 Jews have in the last few years felt forced to move from their homes because of thenew threats posed by recently-arrived Muslim neighbors. Let them look into the actual cost of the benefits –free or highly subsidized housing, free education, free medical care, family allowances, unemployment –that have been lavished on Muslim immigrants, and investigate, too, the huge amount of fraud these immigrants engage in (as when Muslims who return to North Africa continue to receive, at their old addresses, unemployment payments and family allowances from the French state).
Finally, Le Monde’s editors should open its pages to islamocritics inside France and from around the world. Until now, thanks to such influential editors as the Trotskyite Edwy Plenel, author of “Pour les musulmanes” (Plenel has left Le Monde to work for the far-left journal he founded, Mediapart), Le Monde has not given space to prominent islamocritics. Perhaps, having broken its silence about the Muslim attack on churches, its editors will decide to report more truthfully on what Muslims, and Islam, have done to France.
One hopes that the newspaper of record (French version) will now publish the work of such French islamocritics as Eric Zemmour, Pierre-André Taguieff, Alain Finkielkraut, and Caroline Fourest, as well as, from outside France, the work of such islamocritics as Ibn Warraq, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Robert Spencer, Thilo Sarrazin, Douglas Murray, and others. Le Monde owes this to its readers, to make amends for its decades of defending Islam, through both silence and misrepresentation. Le Monde would thus be declaring an end to years of complacency and shameful mendacity about Islam, with a spectacular, and most welcome, volte-face.
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