The Rock and the Hard Place
As election looms, French Jews are
trapped between antisemitic Left and Right
As the French presidential election looms, the country's Jews find themselves between a rock and a hard place, squeezed between growing antisemitism from both the Left and the Right.
On the Right, there is the figure of Marine Le Pen, who espouses an intense form of nationalism and whose party, the National Front, has a long history of antisemitism.
The Alegemeiner quotes Jewish leader Robert Ejnes saying,
Many would think this would lead the Jews to embrace the Left, but this is not so.
"The extreme left political parties are very anti-Zionist," says Ejnes.
French Jews are deeply Zionist and strongly attacked to Israel. As a result of this, says journalist Jonathan Simon-Sellem,
Philippe Karsenty, a center-Right deputy mayor, seconds this sentiment, saying,
In many ways, the situation in French reflects the larger dilemma faced by Europe's Jews: Antisemitism on both sides of the political spectrum is getting worse, and there will soon be nowhere for the Jews to turn for support and protection.
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