While the anti-Semitic elements of France certainly have a greater hold on their zeitgeist than their counterparts in the U.S. do, that the current targeting of the Jewish state lives entirely within the far-left political sphere is an exact correlation to current U.S. culture. Desiring the weakening — or destruction — of Israel is not merely a common tenet of the far-left anymore, it’s adopted dogma and a primary pursuit of the movement.
Today, the Times Of Israel reports:
CRIF, France’s federation of Jewish organizations and communities, said the submission to parliament of a draft motion favoring immediate recognition of a Palestinian state risks exacerbating anti-Semitic hatred.
CRIF urged French lawmakers to refrain from voting in favor of the motion, which a predominantly Socialist bloc this week submitted to a vote in the French lower house later this month. Last week, the French Green party advanced a similar initiative in the French Senate.
What socialism has to do with opposing the Jewish state, that’s well-trod ground. What’s the Green’s dog in this fight? Well … I guess it’s because they’re socialists, too.
“In France, after the anti-Semitic riots this summer, this declaration will certainly not be interpreted as a peace initiative and risks exacerbating the anti-Semitic tensions which we saw last summer,” reads the CRIF statement on the planned vote, which is slated for Nov. 28.
From Jan. 1 to July 31, the SPCJ security service of the French Jewish community documented 527 anti-Semitic incidents compared to 276 in the same period of 2013. The increase was largely attributed to the targeting of Jews by Muslims and Arabs in response to Israel’s killing of hundreds of Palestinians in its summer war with Hamas in Gaza.
The French draft motion follows the adoption last month of a similar motion in Britain’s House of Commons and in Ireland’s upper house. Also last month, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said his country would recognize “Palestine.” Another draft motion was submitted to Spain’s congress for a vote later this month.
France, Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Spain. Our window for safely, responsibly taking the Steinbergs on that European vacation narrowed just a bit more.